CAIRO: Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra has made it to the North Pole Tuesday, becoming the first Egyptian and one of 40 people to successfully accomplish the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” challenge, which include climbing the highest mountain on every continent, the 7 summits, and skiing to both the South and North Poles.
“I successfully reached the North Pole at 5 a.m. on April 21, thereby completing a 20-year long journey since the day I dreamed of climbing Mount Everest,” Samra announced on his Facebook account Thursday.
In December 2014, Samra reached the South Pole from the 89th Degree. He has gained fame in Egypt since he ascended Mount Everest in Nepalese Himalayas in 2007, becoming the first Egyptian to complete the climb.
He posted a video on his journey to the South Pole.
Samra has said he desired to climb mountains since he was young, despite being diagnosed with asthma at 11 years old.
After Everest, Samra’s climbs include: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount McKinley in North America.
Video of Samra’s journey to the seven summits:
Toward the northern point on earth, Samra has been updating his social media accounts with infographs and details of his 10 day-journey status and difficulties facing him and his team. He created a hashtag reading #omargoesnorth.
“Since we’re navigating to the Geographic North Pole and not the Magnetic North Pole, we cannot just rely on a traditional compass,” read a post on his Facebook account.
On April 19, he wrote on his Twitter account:
Tweeting through sat phone floating on a thin sheet of ice above 4km of freezing Arctic Ocean! 32km from pole, wish me luck #omargoesnorth
— Omar Samra عمر سمره (@omarsamra) April 19, 2015
Social media users have largely congratulated Samra on his accomplishment and praised his persistence on achieving his dreams.
Samra also thanked his supporters for their encouragement, saying “it really kept me going during the past few days.”