Posted on January 23, 2020

For this Qatari adventurer the sky is not the limit!

Fahad Badar, the Qatari high-altitude climber, adventurer and banking executive leader made Qatar proud again after 7 days of skiing the last degree to the South Pole on December 28th, 2019. This was just the beginning of the expedition; going on to climb the highest mountain in the Antarctic, Mount Vinson at 4892m and reaching the summit on January 2nd, 2020.

Fahad stated, “I knew they would be challenging expeditions and I am so proud that once again I was able to achieve success and fly the flags of Qatar, Qatar 2022, the Cancer Society and for Commercial Bank at both the South Pole and on the summit of Mt. Vinson, in Antarctica.” “With 2 guides and 9 team members in the first expedition we faced some punishing weather conditions, with frost bite and extreme exhaustion for some. Eating mostly provisions of dehydrated food, pre-cooked frozen meals of rice and dal and energy gels during the hours of skiing; the journey was a challenge both physically and mentally.” Fahad further stated.

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Skiing the last degree in Antarctica, means one degree of latitude. Skiing from 89 Degrees South to 90 Degrees of the South Pole, is an incredible crossing with 24 hours of continuous daylight involving skiing at intervals up to 10 hours a day to total 110km, using sleds to haul provisions across the Antarctic in temperatures of minus 20 to 40 degrees Celsius below zero.

For many that would be enough of an achievement reaching the South Pole. Not for Fahad, Mount Vinson was to be his fourth of the Seven Summits. Records showing only around 1200 climbers to have summited Vinson since 1966, much less than Everest. “The 2nd leg of the expedition to scale one of the coldest mountains on earth, Mount Vinson the highest peak in Antarctica was led by one guide and 2 other team members, we were roped together to avoid slipping. To scale the steep ice ridge of Mount Vinson we used spiked crampons on our boots to dig into the ice so we could scale the steep ascent. It was tough but we made it.” Said Fahad.

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In May 2019 Fahad made history by becoming the first Arab male to double summit both Mount Everest and Lhotse in a single expedition. He is one of 85 people in the world to have succeeded this massive accomplishment. Making him also one of only two Qataris to successfully climb Mount Everest to date. In 2019 he went on to climb Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Ski the last degree in Antarctica. Starting 2020 with a new achievement Mount Vinson, we cannot wait to see what more summits this year will hold for this Qatari adventurer.

Follow Fahad Badar on his social media Instagram account @fahad917 for new updates and expeditions.