Scaling Mt. Everest
Twenty-five-year-old Raha Moharrak is the first Saudi Arabian woman, and youngest Arab ever, to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. She accomplished the feat with the first Qatari and Palestinian men to ever reach the peak, and an Iranian man.
The group calls itself Arabs with Altitude and the expedition was made in an attempt to raise $1 million for education projects in Nepal.
Image: Raha Moharrak on being “first”. Mt. Everest aerial view via Wikimedia Commons. Select to embiggen.
Sunset from the first night at Old Moses Camp on Mt. Kenya, evening of July 14th.
Above are the final five candidates ready to take on Mt. Kenya… and only the mountain knows what Toby Storie-Pugh has up his sleeve for these five unsuspecting climbers. Let’s see if they can muster enough sense of humor and determination to score them a spot on team Expedition Everest. Only one spot available and five very impressive Kenyans.
In order of appearance: Helen, Amanda, Mohamed, Chris, Steve
A recap on Round 1 interviews from July 4th.
It was a very exciting day at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they graciously opened their doors to us for the selection process. Thank you Hilton!
There were 22 applicants. Toby and Sibusiso were able to narrow it down to five remaining candidates, 2 women (Helen & Amanda) and 3 men (Mohamed, Christopher, & Steve.) The 22 interviewees had 30 minutes each to talk about their climbing experience, tell a joke, discuss what the word “risk” means to them, and expound upon the impact they foresee having on Expedition Everest in the event that they are chosen to make the climb. Needless to say there were five very impressive candidates (mentioned above) so BIG CHEERS and an ecstatic HOO-RAH to them. We wish them the best of luck in the upcoming weeks.
The final five will be making the climb up Mt. Kenya as a test of endurance, attitude, motivation, drive, and heart. Let’s see how these young Kenyans take on the summit with Toby Storie-Pugh and Sibusiso Vilane as their mentors with a reporter from the National Newspaper not too far behind taking stock of every step.
Good luck to all!
Selection process begins July 4th at the Hilton Nairobi, and we are excited as all to get the interview process going as we have some very strong candidates both male and female. We are almost at our goal of 20 applicants. Here is a shot of Toby being interviewed by Citizen TV, Kenya’s fastest growing local television channel. Big thanks to Citizen TV for the news spot and interview! Toby is getting the word out about Expedition Everest and specifically asking local mountain climbing/adventure enthusiast to apply. We are looking for the best possible candidate who is courageous, and just as passionate about EE as we are… and we’re nearly there! The person who is selected by the committee will be on their way to train on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. We wonder who is walking around Nairobi right now, not knowing that they soon will be picked to join the Adventure Challenge of a lifetime! But maybe they can’t get the idea of joining us out of their head—propelling them closer to being chosen. Hey—If you put it out to the universe, the universe responds! Good luck to all our interviewees!!
If you are a Kenyan citizen and harbor an ambition to climb Mount Everest apply at www.expeditioneverest.org — 2 days left!
Sunset on Mount Everest by Larry He on Flickr.
Okay, so you may be wondering, who is THIS guy, and what has he got to do with Expedition Everest?
He is Sibusiso Vilane, a man Nelson Mandela dubs a “real hero.” Former president Thabo Mbeki reveled in the pride felt by all South Africans upon the recognition of Sibu’s astounding feats: he has summited the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents- with a double summit of Mt. Everest from both the North and South sides-as well as reaching the North and South Poles on foot, the explorer’s ‘Grand Slam’! He is an inspiration to us all as he continues to set himself huge challenges, and does so with grace and always with a philanthropic goal in mind. In 2005, when he climbed Everest for the second time, he successfully raised $40,000 for children’s charities. Needless to say, he understands what drives us, just as we understand what drives him.
Naturally, we were anxious to have him on the selection committee that is tasked with finding the Kenyan climber who will join us on our 2014 climb to the top of Everest. We are thrilled that Sibusiso agreed to join us in Kenya this July to help us find the man or woman who will become our teammate! We could not be more pleased to be working beside him as we have a shared vision to change the world, one adventure at a time. Sibu says, “You’ve got to dream and then you have to set out to achieve that dream. There will always be challenges, but it’s about being persistent and not giving up.” We couldn’t agree more.
For more information on Sibusiso Vilane, visit his webpage at www.sibusisovilane.com