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  Everest summiter Zed Al-Refai summits the Mt. Matterhorn!


Mr. Zed Al-Refai summits the Mt. Matterhorn! Zed “Zeddy” Al-Refai, the first Arab (Kuwaiti national) to successfully summit the magnificent Mount Everest) reached on the summit of Mt. Matterhorn on 16th Aug, 2004.  This is another achievement of this extremely humble climber. His success will promote the sport and encourage younger generations to take on such adventures.

Thirty-seven year old Al-Refai is also the first Arab, and among the first 100 people to conquer the 7 highest summits on the seven continents, which include, Kilimanjaro in Africa (5963 meters), Denali- Mount McKinley in North America (6195 meters), Elbrus in Europe (5633 meters), Aconcagua in South America (6962 meters), Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania (4884 meters), Vinson in Antarctica (4897 meters) and Everest in Asia (8,848 meters).

Source: Mohammad Zubair Z. Farooqi

Early report on Zeddy: Born to Summit!

One of the things that fascinates us about Everest is who accomplishes things first, who they are and where they're from. Who was first up the mountain? That'd be Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay (or maybe George Mallory and Sandy Irvine - you never know). Who was the first American? That'd be Jim Whittaker.

Thirty-eight year old Zed "Zeddy" Al-Refai is the first Arab to summit Everest and the first to complete the Seven Summits as well. Zed, a Kuwaiti National born on October 28th, 1966, was educated in Finland and attended university in the US. He spent his holidays trekking in New England, the Rockies and in the North Pacific states. It's there that the passion for mountaineering really hit him.

Moving to Switzerland, with its climbing history and rugged Alps, in 1992 kicked his climbing career into high gear. He traveled to Nepal in the mid 90's where he was captivated by Mt. Everest and the Himalayas.

After extensive training in the Scottish highlands, the Chamonix valley and treks in South America Zed became the first Arab to summit Mt. McKinley (the highest peak in North America). It was the first in a long string of first climbs for an Arab. Zed went on to climb Elbrus (Europe); Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania); Everest (Asia), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mont Blanc (Alps), Vinson Massif (Antarctica) reaching the summit on 1/13/2004, and Aconcagua (South America) on 2/5/2004 completing the Seven Summits.

The man who was once reported dead on Everest by "reporters" who don't check their facts, has done the 7!

In his words, "I'll try to go to Kosciuszko soon for a good measure. (We came a long way George). I'm after my good friend Kim Chung on the 7 summits list. Thanks for everything. Zeddy!!

For more on Zeddy check the links below:

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