Popular adventurer Omar Samra (born in 1978, August, 11th) 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.
Before travelling, Samra posted on his official Facebook about some of the dangers he will be facing during his trip. “I must admit I'm a little anxious,” said the explorer.
One of his worries is the weather; temperatures average around -30 degrees Celsius, equivalent to -22 Fahrenheit. Comparing the weather to his experience when he was trekking to the South Pole last year, Samra said he believes that the humidity and wind speed in the Arctic make the cold much harder to take. He also explained that the low position of the sun in the sky means that even inside the tent, temperatures will be consistently low.
Samra is also worried about possible polar bear attacks. “The threat of attacks in the Arctic is very real,” he said, explaining that the attacks could take place during the night.
In addition, the adventurer is worried about crossing leads, places where the ice has melted, requiring either that the trekers don dry suits or ski around the leads, which may lose time.
Other hazards include the constantly shifting ice, difficult terrain, and the challenges of navigating close to the magnetic north pole.
“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.
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.
The Ministry of Tourism in awe of the feat of adventurer Egyptian Omar Samra raising the Egyptian flag at the North Pole will positively benefit tourism to Egypt stressing upon the positive mental image of the first Egyptian to complete the "Grand Slam."
Egypt is so proud to have such a great man in its country.