Conquering Antarctica’s highest peak
Jordan’s sole mountaineer Mustafa Mahmoud recently became the first Jordanian to climb Mount Vinson Massif, the highest summit in Antarctica at 4,897m, and has now got his sights firmly set on realising his dream of reaching the peak of Mount Everest.
Mahmoud was part of a multinational group of seven who braved the harsh environment in order to conquer the mountain. In the end, just four of them made it to the top at 8:55am local time.
“I learnt that there is no easy mountain to climb, it does not matter how high it is … when nature is raging it is no joke… a time where there is a thread that separates life and death,” Mahmoud said.
Mahmoud was speaking from experience. As the team was about to make its final assault on the summit, weather conditions worsened. “You are in the middle of it all… 500 metres to the top… You have only two choices, to go up or down… I chose up, to become the first Jordanian to do so.”
Source: [The Jordan Times]
Way to go Mustafa! Best of luck on reaching Everest!