Tested Tough In Mount Elbrus
OutdoorUAE|December 2017

Tested Tough In Mount Elbrus

Fadi Hachicho

“I don’t have a name, I just have a dream, and my dream is not about achieving something, but about doing something which makes me happy; makes me feel connected to the universe and that ensures I live my life fully.”

Climbing Mount Elbrus was always a goal of mine as is a part of my life dream to climb the seven summits of the world. Having recently completed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Everest Basecamp in Nepal as part of my work as a certified mountain guide for Adventurati Outdoor, it was a natural progression for me to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia.

What is your mountain?

When you are up there climbing, when you are in the midst of the journey, you find a hidden sense of elevation; a sense of moving slightly beyond what you are. In that time your brain is working at its hardest due to the physical and mental challenge, and you are at your most determined and focused. Climbing the mountain is the focus of your mind and you are very much living every moment in the present.

Every mountain is an incredibly different experience in terms of challenge and experience. You cannot compare one to another; they are all unique and extraordinary in their own way. Some mountains are not particularly high, but very different in terms of technicality, the skills required to climb it and the challenges it poses you.

The key to any high altitude climb is to be as hydrated as possible at all times. The most important of all, is having the right mindset for a climb. In my honest opinion, if we had to put a percentage on it, high altitude mountains are 65% mental challenge and 35% physical challenge. This assuming that you are fit for the challenge and have trained well to prepare your mind and body for the challenges that lay ahead. I do a lot of stair climbing with heavy weights and a training mask to simulate the conditions of a tough mountain climb as closely as possible. This is a key part of my training.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM OUTDOORUAEView All

Custom Show Emirates Races Ahead In Its Fourth Lap

Preparations are in full swing for the highly anticipated fourth consecutive edition of Custom Show Emirates (CSE) 2018, which is set to return from 05 April – 07 April 2018 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, after three thrilling editions, that have cemented its position as one of the most exciting automotive event of the region.

1 min read
OutdoorUAE
February 2018

Land Rover Announces Inspirational Jordanian Adventurer, Mostafa Salameh, As Brand Ambassador For MENA

One of the few people in the world to complete the Grand Slam of Mountaineering and Polar Adventure has teamed up with Land Rover to promote the spirit of Above & BeyondFilm series adds to Land Rover’s #MYLAND campaign

3 mins read
OutdoorUAE
February 2018

Trapped By Ice, I've Never Felt So Free Alban Michon's Arctic Expedition

His mission is to solo cross and arctic dive along the mythical Northwest Passage, the sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

3 mins read
OutdoorUAE
February 2018

One Breath Diving And Spearfishing Exhibition Set For January 2018

The third edition of the expo will be takes place on January 12th-13th 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre

2 mins read
OutdoorUAE
December 2017

Cave Discoveries In Oman

Discovering & Exploring Caves

10 mins read
OutdoorUAE
December 2017

Tested Tough In Mount Elbrus

Tested Tough In Mount Elbrus

4 mins read
OutdoorUAE
December 2017

A Year In Oman

A Year In Oman

3 mins read
OutdoorUAE
December 2017

Diving with Giants

Three hundred miles off the coast of Baja, California exists the remnants of an ancient volcano known as Roca Partida. Discovered by Spanish explorers in the early 1600s, this tiny uninhabited island is just a speck in a vast and empty seascape. Its only topside inhabitants are the birds that flock to the area, but beneath the surface it boasts one of the most impressive spectacles of pelagic marine life on the planet.

4 mins read
OutdoorUAE
May - June 2017

Ziad's Over Landy

Name: Zaid SiwadyNationality: JordanianOccupation: Owner of @Project Over Landy Instagram Visual Blog, Overland Enthusiast, Aerial VideographerVehicle: Land Rover Defender 110 2012 Station Wagon

2 mins read
OutdoorUAE
May - June 2017

Home Is Where You Park It : Gear Edition

One year. 37 countries. 57,987 kilometres. A lifetime of memories. Years of planning had gone into this epic journey and within the blink of an eye it was over!

2 mins read
OutdoorUAE
September 2017