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First Arab prepares to assault Mount Everest


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February 13, 2001

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The first Arab to attempt to climb Mount Everest will begin his epic journey on March 30. Zed Al Refai, a 34-year-old Kuwaiti, has climbed four of the world's highest peaks and will make the 8,850 metre high Everest his fifth challenge.

He will make his attempt almost exactly half a century after the historic first conquest in May 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing. His goal is to tackle all seven of the world's highest peaks. He plans to follow Everest with an attempt on Mount Aconcagua in the Andes in November. The Himalayan giant, which defeats 70 per cent of those trying to conquer it, will take Refai about 70 days to conquer.

Courtesy of Gulf News.

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