Zed Al Refai
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|Zed Al Refai|
Zed Al Refai
October 28, 1966 |
|Occupation||Mountaineer and coffee merchant|
Zed "Zeddy" Al Refai (born October 28, 1966) is a Kuwaiti climber. He was the first Arab to climb Mount Everest and the 46th person to climb all seven highest summits in the seven continents of the world.
Al Refai spent part of his childhood in Finland and attended university in the United States, at institutions in Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He spent holidays trekking in New England, the Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest. In the mid-1990s he traveled to Nepal, where he was captivated by the Himalayas and Mount Everest. Mountains he has summitted include Mt. McKinley in Alaska - North America's highest mountain -, Elbrus, the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Everest, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, the Vinson Massif in Antarctica, where he reached the summit on January 13, 2004, and, to complete the Seven Summits challenge, Aconcagua in Argentina on February 5, 2004.
The Seven Summits
- 1999: Denali
- 2000: Carstensz Pyramid
- 2000: Elbrus
- 2001: Kilimanjaro
- 2003: Everest
- 2004: Vinson Massif
- 2004: Aconcagua
- 2005: Mount Kosciuszko
- "Zed Al Refai Reaches Tibet On his way to challenge Cho Oyo". Al Bawaba. 9 September 2005.[dead link]
- "Zed "Zeddy" Al-Refai is the first Arab to summit Mt Everest and the first to complete the Seven Summits as well.". 2004.
- "Everest summiter Zed Al-Refai summits Mt Matterhorn". Everest News. 2004.
- "Wataniya Sponsors Kilimanjaro Climb". Cellular News. 2 May 2007.