Omar Samra becomes first Egyptian to complete Explorers Grand Slam
Omar Samra - Courtesy: Omar Samra's Facebook page
 

Popular adventurer Omar Samra has become the first Egyptian, and one of only 40 people in history, to complete the Explorers Grand Slam by reaching the North and South Poles after climbing the highest mountain on every continent.

“I’ve successfully reached the North Pole at 5 am on April 21, thereby completing a 20-year long journey since the day I dreamed of climbing Mount Everest,” Samra wrote on his Facebook page.

In 2007, Samra became the first Egyptian and youngest Arab to climb Mount Everest. He then successfully surmounted Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount McKinely in North America before finally traveling to the South Pole in Antarctica and the North Pole in the frozen Arctic Ocean.

“Thank you so much for all your amazing support, it really kept me going during the past few days,” Samra wrote.

In addition to his record-breaking exploits, Samra is a motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He founded Wild Guanabana in 2009, a travel company specializing in the design of creative and adventure travel experiences around the globe.

He also plans to become the first Egyptian to fly to space next year after winning the AXE Apollo Space Academy competition, beating out 112 contestants from around the world.

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