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 Zed Al Refai                           Last Updated 4/23/2001

Background: Zed Al Refai, a 34 year old Kuwaiti, wants to be the first Arab to Summit Everest. Zed, has climbed 4 of the Seven Summits to date. He plans to attempt Everest via the Tibetan side of the mountain. 

If you are wondering if Saeed Toossi, the Iranian climber (who was living in American) that we covered last year would have been the first Arab. Zed tells us, "Iran is not part of the Arab world, they are Persians and they speak farsi which is totally different and never considered close." sincerely yours, Zed.

Zeddy

Dispatch One: Hi everybody, this is Zeddy here ,as you all know by now I'm trying to climb Everest and have the honor of being the first ever Arab (Kuwaiti) to do so. It has been a personal goal and an ambition of mine for a long time, so inshallah (by the will of Allah) we will succeed. I will be joining Bernard Muller, a well known French guide and mountaineer with an impressive record and a team of 9 French climbers. They all have their own envious backgrounds on high mountains. It would be great if I were speaking French, and they Arabic, better by the expedition's end, let's hope. 

Right now I'm in Moshi, Tanzania where I've been training by climbing Kilimanjaro (machme route). It is a high mountain so I get started with my acclimatization ahead of everyone. I  summited the snow covered Uhuru peak. It was cold but things went smooth. I'm off the mountain heading to Katmandu to catch up with my team mates. 

Wish me well. Zed Al Refai

Dispatch Two: Hi guys, finally, I caught up with my team at Abu Dhabi airport and we made it to Katmandu in one piece. The team looks very strong and I'm trying to remember all their names. It will take some time. We heard today that we might be joined by over 30 expeditions on the north side and I hope it is not true. ALL our equipment is ready, just a few last details and off we go tomorrow by bus to the Chinese border. It will be some time before to get there, and we want to have the proper acclimatization on the way. We'll be touring this buzzing town Katmandu or should I say katman-don't! I've read some time ago that some of expeditions never leaves this town because of all sort of reasons (sometimes I wonder). So I'll keep you all posted while getting acquainted with my fellow climbers and see how I can manage with total strangers for over two months. Zeddy 

Dispatch Three: Hello EverestNews.com !

We have just received a satellite phone call from Zeddy who has already reached the Chinese base camp. Bad news.. It so happens the high tech equipment such as his laptop faced great difficulties when crossing the Nepal/ Chinese border. The hard disc simply packed up.!!!!!. (so much for being a new PC, we won't mentioned the brand). 

Zeddy, "The view is beautiful, but the wind is a bit strong. In 2 days I will head to ABC. The team is in good spirits. There are many teams here with us. More details from ABC in a few days. This is Zeddy from Mount Everest base camp."

Dispatch Four 4/16/01: Hello EverestNews.com !

This is Zeddy checking in from the Chinese base camp. As the  old adage goes if anything can go wrong, well it went wrong. The generator doesn't work, laptop got smashed beyond repair, the sat phone reception is bad, but still my spirit is ever so high!  It has been snowing heavily last night but we are having clear weather today. A nearby camp member has suffered lung problems and his adventure is over, he went down today. Also, another one of our team members went down today due to severe headache. Tomorrow we are off to advance base camp and it will take us 3 days to get there.

Dispatch Five 4/17/01: Guys, would you believe it, we are still at Chinese base camp. We are having big problem with our yaks. We have more than 5 tons of food and equipments, most of it already at ABC, but we still have 1 ton to go. We had a good walk up Rongbuk glacier, but it was very windy and I started to cough. So I decided to rest today. It is calm today and we will be moving up tomorrow. Most of the other teams are still around, taking it easy. You can't mess with altitude. It will take us another 2 days to get to ABC. Zeddy

Dispatch Six 4/23/01: Hello EverestNews.com readers ! As you have noticed, we have made it to ABC. I decided to change its name from ABC to KBC (Kuwaiti Base camp). It has been quite windy and we have one of our member went down due to altitude illness (he is our camera man) we are sure he well recover in time. Zeddy

Update Zeddy had some problems and was bought back to Kathmandu. The update and editorial is here.

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