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Qatari climber reaches Antarctica to ski the last degree

المتسلق القطري يصل إلى القارة القطبية الجنوبية للتزلج على الدرجة الأخيرة


Fahad Badar, the Qatari banking executive leader and high-altitude climber arrived in  Antarctica on December 21 to begin the 1st leg of his expedition to ski the last degree and climb Mount Vinson. 

This incredible crossing with 24 hours of continuous daylight involves skiing in intervals for a 110km, using sleds to haul provisions across the Antarctic in temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius, which can drop down to minus 50 at the summit.

Skiing the last degree simply means one degree of latitude,  where Badar will ski from 89 Degrees South to 90 Degrees of the South Pole, a distance of sixty nautical miles or 110km. 

Badar is expected to reach deep within the frozen Antarctic, for the 2nd leg of his expedition some time after the first week of January 2020, to then scale one of the coldest mountains on earth, Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. It will be Fahad’s fourth of the Seven Summits. 

Only around 1200 climbers have summited Vinson since 1966, much less than Everest.

Badar shared his aspirations for the journey ahead, “I know it will be a physically challenging expedition with extreme weather conditions that can be obstacles to success. However, I am feeling extremely positive after months of training and ready to set out on this next challenge, with the determination to succeed.”

In May of this year, 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.

وصل فهد بادار ، المدير التنفيذي للمصارف القطرية ومتسلق الجبال المرتفعة إلى القارة القطبية الجنوبية في 21 ديسمبر لبدء المحطة الأولى من رحلته للتزلج على الدرجة الأخيرة وتسلق جبل فينسون.

يتضمن هذا المعبر المذهل مع 24 ساعة من ضوء النهار المستمر التزلج على فترات لمسافة 110 كيلومترات ، باستخدام زلاجات لسحب المواد عبر القارة القطبية الجنوبية في درجات حرارة تقل عن 20 درجة مئوية ، والتي يمكن أن تنخفض إلى ناقص 50 في القمة.

التزلج على الدرجة الأخيرة يعني ببساطة درجة واحدة من خطوط العرض ، حيث سيتحرك بادار من 89 درجة جنوبًا إلى 90 درجة من القطب الجنوبي ، على مسافة ستين ميلًا بحريًا أو 110 كيلومترات.

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