Update 1/10/2005: Zeddy has summited Mt. Kosciusko on 5th January 2005. So
both versions of the 7 summits are now completed.
Born to Summit!
One of the things that fascinates us about Everest is who accomplishes
things first, who they are and where they're from. Who was first up the
mountain? That'd be Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay (or maybe George
Mallory and Sandy Irvine - you never know). Who was the first American? That'd
be Jim Whittaker.
Thirty-eight year old Zed "Zeddy" Al-Refai is the first Arab to summit
Everest and the first to complete the Seven Summits as well. Zed, a Kuwaiti
National born on October 28th, 1966, was educated in Finland and attended
university in the US. He spent his holidays trekking in New England, the
Rockies and in the North Pacific states. It's there that the passion for
mountaineering really hit him.
Moving to Switzerland, with its climbing history and rugged Alps, in 1992
kicked his climbing career into high gear. He traveled to Nepal in the mid
90's where he was captivated by Mt. Everest and the Himalayas.
After extensive training in the Scottish highlands, the Chamonix valley and
treks in South America Zed became the first Arab to summit Mt. McKinley (the
highest peak in North America). It was the first in a long string of first
climbs for an Arab. Zed went on to climb Elbrus (Europe); Carstensz Pyramid
(Oceania); Everest (Asia), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mont Blanc (Alps), Vinson
Massif (Antarctica) reaching the summit on 1/13/2004, and Aconcagua (South
America) on 2/5/2004 completing the Seven Summits.
The man who was once reported dead on Everest by "reporters"
who don't check their facts, has done the 7!
In his words, "I'll try to go to
Kosciuszko soon for a good measure. (We came a long way
George). I'm after my good friend Kim Chung on the 7 summits list. Thanks for
For more on Zeddy check the links below:
Zeddy Al Refai
reports from Everest the first time...
Dead men don't make phone calls
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