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Karrar Haidri

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First Arab to climb Mount Everest, now sets his sights on
conquering Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world; Gillette Middle East endorses Zed’s Cho Oyu climb in support of ME sports heroes.

On August 24th, 2005, Zed Al Refai is set to depart for yet another exciting adventure, this time climbing mountain Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. Zed, a Kuwaiti national, is the first Arab to climb Mount Everest, and has made history in being the 46th person to climb all 7 highest summits in the 6 continents of the world. Gillette Middle East, known for its strong support for sports, is sponsoring Zed’s climbing adventure in its aim to attract new Middle Eastern-based fans to the inside story of mountain climbing heroes from this region.
Located on the border of Tibet and Nepal, 30 Kilometres West of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu’s 8,201 metre summit makes it the sixth highest mountain in the world. Freezing temperatures, a summit at death zone (above 8000 meters), extreme weather conditions such as howling winds and burning sun light, all contribute to making Cho Oyu one of the most challenging mountain climbs in the world.
Timur Edis, Regional Business Manager, Disposable blades and razors, Gillette Middle East and Africa said: ”Gillette believes in encouraging an active lifestyle and has always been a strong supporter for various sports and champions within sports. Zed is a true global champion in mountain climbing. He is a role model for the Middle East and Gillette is very enthusiastic about being involved in his Cho Oyu trip.”
Zed will depart on his journey from Kuwait on August 24th, with five climbers from the rest of the world, and will commence his way up to the summit of Cho Oyu on August 28th. He said: “The Cho Oyu mission is a challenge that requires not necessarily tremendous physical strengths, but also, the willingness of individuals to test their potential in most extreme conditions.”
Born in 1966, Zed is a business man holding a Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science from Stockton State University, New Jersey. Among his ambitions, he would like to see Mountain Climbing as a popular sport in the Middle East and contribute to the spread of its popularity. Zed lives in Switzerland, Kuwait and the UAE.
More information about the Cho Oyu challenge can be for more detail visit www.foreverest.com
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Everest Summiter Zeddy Summits Cho Oyu! today on 9/22/2005.


Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain... Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall — it's great when you stop."   
 Chris Darwin.

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Amazing acomplishments, Zeddy!

Thank you for posting this info, Karrar.



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Congrats Zeddy!
"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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"Congratulations to all Zeddy lovers.  Zeddy is now in Kathmandu and will be back on Friday."  Please find below last dispatch from base camp.



First news, we are all back safe and well. It was a successful summit attempt.
We were all sitting around after lunch on the 19th, enjoying our last rest day, when a weather report came in. It showed that the 22nd, not the 23rd was to be a better day for a summit attempt. So within 15 minutes, we were packed and trekking up to Camp 1. It was a great strategy, as we didn't have time to think to much or get too nervous. All of a sudden, we were on our way. Each camp we passed now, we knew it was for the last time. That somehow made it easier.
As expected, the climb to Camp 2 was a hard slog. It was a long steep slope that never seemed to end. The following day to Camp 3 was equally difficult, but also hot because we were wearing our down suits for the first time. This was made a little easier, as we had all decided to use oxygen from this point. Arriving at Camp 3 was windy and cold. The Sherpas worked hard to put up the tents in cold, windy conditions, as we huddled into tents breathing our precious oxygen. Chris decided to turn back en route atthis point, so five were now four. He later described an epic and scary descent in a white out, but lives to tell the tale.
That night we all tried to sleep amidst a symphony of coughing, nerves and anticipation. The alarm was set for 2am for a 3am departure on the 22nd Sept. When we woke, it was snowing heavily, and we eventually departed about 6am. The conditions were perfect, except for deep new snow. Phurba Tashi Sherpa and Tashi Tsering (Tibetan) Sherpa did the hard work of breaking the trail to the summit, which in fresh deep snow, was extremely difficult work. We knew we had arrived when the black pyramid of Everest revealed itself on the horizon. It didn't last for long before the clouds came in. It took us a while to locate the 'actual' summit, as the top of Cho Oyo is large and flat. When we finally did, Phurba Tashi and Tashi Tsering layed out the prayer flags. (Along with Zeddy's Gillette and Kuwait and AMAC flags!) We had all made it, but for Patrick who turned around short of the summit, so four were now three.
The descent was not easy as the conditions turned to white out and visibility was difficult. I for one, did several face plants in the deep snow, and was dug out by Tashi Tsering. We rested briefly at Camp 3, before heading down to the lower altitude Camp 2. Here we felt safe. We never realised how long the ascent was until making the very long descent down. The next day, we headed down in perfect weather from Camp 2, to Camp 1. We were amazed at how many people were now heading up the mountain - all keen to know what lay ahead. The final walk down to ABC was exhausting, over rocky terrain. But at least we knew there was a safe, comfortable camp waiting for us at the end.
Now, looking through the telescope there are hundreds of people heading up the mountain. We are all very relieved that we are not attempting the summit with so many people. Today, 24th we are packing up camp, and tomorrow we head down to Base Camp. We should be all heading home by the end of the month.
Signing out.
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