Saudi Begins To Climb Antarctica’s Highest Peak

Saudi adventurer Dr. Badr Al-Shibani has set off to climb Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica at 4,892 meters, facing temperatures as low as 40 degrees Celsius below zero.

Al-Shibani has embarked on a one-week journey sponsored by the General Sports Authority and the Saudi Climbing Federation. The adventure is part of the Seven Summits Challenge, which encourages climbers to scale the highest summit on each continent. The summits are Aconcagua Summit, South America; Denali Summit, North America; Vinson Massif in Antarctica; Elbrus Summit, Europe; Kilimanjaro Summit, Africa; Everest, one of the greatest Himalayan summits located in South Asia at the border between Nepal and Chinese Tibet; and Carstenez Pyramid or Mount Kosciuszko in Asia.

Al-Shiabani went through intensive preparatory exercises, designed specifically for mountain climbers. Taking on the Seven Summit Challenge reflects how much he cares about following healthy lifestyles.

The Seven Summits are the highest and the most difficult when it comes to climbing. British adventurer Richard Bass was the first to create the Seven Summits Challenge and the first to climb them in the 1980s.

Al-Shibani said he plans to challenge 100 Saudi young men and women to climb one of the highest mountains in 2019.

Source Credit: Saudi Gazette