Thirty seven year old Nabi, this year scaled the five,642m higher Mt Elbrus in Russia to commemorate the 48th Renaissance Day of Oman. A native of Wadi al Ma’awel in South Batinah, Nabi stated he started the six-day trip on July 18. “It took us six days to reach the summit. My trip began on July 18 and I reached Mount Elbrus on July 23. I raised the flag of the sultanate and the image of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to commemorate the 48th Renaissance Day.” The pleasure of reaching the summit every time is some thing only a mountaineer can clarify thinking about the innumerable intense climatic challenges 1 faces.
“The unexpected downpours, thunderstorms, ice collapse, sub zero temperature and snowstorms are common. But then my past experiences fuelled by patriotism kept me going.”
The altitude and the unpredictable climate can make any summit an arduous and daunting challenge but it is fitness that is the foremost priority when undertaking any such climbs, stated Nabi.
“A mountaineer should be fit physically and mentally. We practised by walking long distances for about two months. We also studied all aspects of the place,” he stated.
Mt Elbrus is not Nabi’s initial climb, he has conquered numerous mountains which includes the renowned Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt Aconcagua in Argentina. “This is my passion. The steep mountain slopes keep calling and I set out to discover each every year. I wish to scale seven peaks of the world and promote Oman. I distribute brochures of Oman and miniature khanjars during my trips. I am also thankful to the ministries of Tourism, Defence, Education and Sports Affairs for their continued support.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily