14-year-old Abdullah Al-Tuaimi has become the youngest Saudi climber to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, when he reached the top of the world’s fourth-highest peak last week. Al-Tuaimi began the 5,895 meter climb on December 26, and completed it in eight days, climbing for six hours a day. The teenager’s climb was organized with the support of Riyadh Schools, and was supervised by certified mountaineer Saud Al-Eidi. “After the hardest and the best 8 days in my life I finally made it to the summit of Mount. Kilimanjaro and became the youngest Saudi to summit Kilimanjaro,” wrote the climber on Instagram.
Of course, Al-Tuaimi isn’t the only climber from the Gulf country to make headlines in recent years. Raha Moharrak who made history as the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest and the youngest Arab to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain at the age of 25. Hailing from Jeddah, she would go on to conquer eight summits, and serve as the brand ambassador for Swiss watch label Tag Heuer.
In addition to Moharrak, Al-Tuaimi joins the ranks of other mould-breaking athletes hailing from Saudi Arabia, including Halah Alhamrani, the Kingdom’s first female boxing trainer and owner of Flagboxing combat gym, and Sarah Attar, the marathon runner who sped past international audiences at the 2012 Olympics in London and became heralded as the first woman (wearing a hijab, no less) to compete for Saudi Arabia.