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Mount Elbrus - Moe Al Thani
First Qatari man to summit Mount Everest and to climb the Seven Summits.
First Qatari, Mount Everest, Entrepreneur, Qatar's royal family, Mountaineer, Brand ambassador for Reach Out To Asia, Founder of musafir.com, Sharjah Paintball Park, Grab n’ Go, Al Nawras Hospitality, Tamween Catering
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Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus, 28th August 2012 at an altitude of 5,642m

 

Aconcagua

On 28th August 2012, I reached the summit of Mount Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe at  an altitude of 5,642m. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano along the Caucasus mountain range. It has a permanent icecap and, in bad weather conditions, the wind chill effect can reduce temperatures down to -50°C.

 

Faced with the possibility of extreme conditions including high altitude, fog, wind and extreme cold, on the day of the climb to the summit, I was faced with a tough decision – a storm was brewing that would make conditions considerably worse. When asked by the guide if I wanted to take the risk or wait four days for the weather to improve, I decided to move forward.

 

“The day of the summit climb was characterized by strong winds at (100km/hr). It was picking up snow and throwing it at me. In the face of skies that would not clear up and temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius, I did not want to turn back; I was determined to continue trudging forward to reach the goal I had set out to achieve.