Volcanic mountains

A Kuwaiti climbs the seven volcanic peaks

Have you ever seen a volcano? This guy has been to seven!

A young man from Kuwait managed to climb the peaks of seven volcanoes at the age of just 24. Al Refaie was named the youngest person to climb the Seven Volcanic Summits by the Guinness World Records.

Guinness World Records

Refaie climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Mount Elbrus, Russia; Mount Giluwe, Papua New Guinea; Orizaba Peak, Mexico; Mount Damavand, Iran; and Ojos del Salado, Argentina/Chile. The last one to set the world record was Mount Sidley, in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica.

The 24-year-old is the 24th person in the world to have climbed all seven volcanic peaks. However, everyone who did it was over 24 years old before achieving such a formidable feat.

“When I first asked my mom for the Guinness Book of Records when I was a kid, she told me she would only buy it if I had something amazing to do. I really don’t know if she meant it that time, but here we are living the dream,” Rafaie told Guinness.

He revealed that one of the main difficulties in climbing volcanic mountains is the weight of the equipment that one has to carry with them.

Guinness World Records

Before completing his Seven Summits climbing journey, Refaie attempted the world record for the fastest time to climb the highest points of any country on the Arabian Peninsula.

However, he was denied entry to Yemen to complete the feat.

“My message to those who try and fail, take inspiration from people who have done it before and never give up. Amazing will get to you one way or another,” he said.

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