Well well well, Just back at
home in the comfort of my sofa, playing with my four cats, reflecting on my
successful back2everest expedition. Should I say it was the trip of a life
time? or just one big memorable journey? There are NO WORDS that could
describe my feelings and I'm sure my team mates would agree with me.
It took me 52 days from the
day we landed in Tibet, to the morning I reached the summit (it took some team
members 61 days). During this epic journey, I have experienced joy and
sadness, failure and triumph, leisure & discomfort, health &
illness, loneliness and comradely, but never the less this is the nature of
long expeditions, especially Everest. Our team was great, even though we
argued a lot and disagreed on many things but it could happen to a loving
Everest was grand and
intimidating. During my last attempt 2 years ago, I suffered cerebral edema (
swelling of the brain ) at advanced base camp, it was almost fatal and all
asked me to give up, I tried but could not. In 1994 I broke my legs in a
skiing accident, my Doctor advised me to quit skiing and take up high
altitude climbing instead. It was at this point that Everest became my
ambition and later my obsession, I was determined to climb Everest and nothing
would have stopped me the moment I saw the Mighty E.
In short, I DID IT.
Finally, I would like to
thank many people, including; The Ambassador of Kuwait in (Beijing) China,
Gulfair (Kathmandu), Airlink (Dubai), Cubita Trading L.L.C. (Dubai), Kuwait
Television, Dr. Marco Fedele of the Swiss Dental Clinic, Netage (Dubai) for
keeping you posted, Ambition L.L.C (Geneva), Al-Hashmia R.E.(Switzerland) and
the loyal staff of Crystal Plaza (Sharjah).
Special thanks goes to;
Russell Brice for his care and leadership along with the superb team of
Sherpas especially Sirdar Phurba Tashi, our Team Members for sharing over two
months of their lives with me, Global Extreme for tail backing us all of the
way, and last but not least my parents and family including Ali, Hammoud and
Chiara for their ENDLESS SUPPORT.
I never cared to be the 1st
Arab or Kuwaiti to stand on top of Everest, but I guess I was destined to be.
EVEREST WAS GOOD TO ME.
Cheerio, Zed Al Refai
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