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Abdulrazzaq Al-Mojalhem

Abdulrazzaq Al-Mojalhem

I would like to thank CP Magazine for selecting me as an Inspiring Man for the year and my friends and family for continuously believing in me. I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this award. I hope that those of you reading this may decide to one day conquer the mountains that lay before you, both figuratively and literally.

 

Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Abdulrazzaq Almojalhem and I am a mountaineer from Kuwait with a dream to climb the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each continent. I am passionate about running, travel, learning about new cultures and being in the mountains.

Tell us about your family.
When I was younger, my parents always encouraged me to be outdoors and try new sports. My love for running was born through their encouragement which eventually drew me towards mountaineering and travel.

Tell us about your childhood. How did your formative years lead to your success?
As a kid I was always in love with sports. I was always into running and swimming in school and I played multiple sports while I was growing up.

Any life changing experiences?
My most life changing experience would definitely have to be the first time I summited Mt. Elbrus. After getting back down and reflecting on the 9 days spent climbing and hiking to the top I knew I was hooked. I knew that climbing mountains was something that I wanted to keep doing for as long as I could. The sense of achievement and the camaraderie that formed between our team of climbers was incredible, a lot of whom I am still close friends with to this day.

Any dreams while growing up? Did they come true?
When I was younger I always admired the idea of exploration and discovering new places. One of my biggest dreams as a kid was to one day climb a mountain and I am blessed to be able to say that yes, thankfully my dream did come true.

Tell us a little about your current job.
When I am not climbing mountains, I work as a marketer. I’ve always been interested in psychology and communication in general and I find that this field allows me to learn more about these topics while always challenging me to learn and grow with each new project I undertake.

Tell us about your sport.
Mountaineering, quite simply, is the sport of climbing to mountain tops. It has taught me one of the most valuable lessons I have learned in life, the absolute need to never ever give up on your dreams or your goals no matter how big they may be. And also that nobody, no matter how strong, can make it alone. It takes a team to reach any summit successfully. In African Zulu culture there is a philosophy referred to as Ubuntu, which translates to: I am because we are. Quite simply if you want to go fast, go alone, but If want to go far, go together. I find that applies very literally to mountaineering. Without the aid of a team and proper support one cannot hope to get very far.

What lies behind your growth in this sport?
I am still learning new things every day when it comes to mountaineering and I still do not consider myself an expert. But no matter what project I undertake in life, or with any new goal or challenge that may be ahead of me, I believe that hard work, consistency, keeping an open mind and being keen to learn as much as we can, can go a long way to gaining a new skill or growing preexisting ones.

Define success.
Success to me is based on perspective and I believe we should never allow it to get to our heads. The moment we see ourselves as successful we tend to become complacent and stop growing, learning or improving. So, my message is to always be striving for success. The journey towards success has always been to me, more enjoyable than being successful.

What motivates you?
I want to climb the seven summits because I want to test my limits. I want to test the limits of my own physical and mental fortitude and see just how far I can go. And maybe be able to inspire others to live out their dreams whatever they may be.

What inspired you to be the person you are today?
In my early twenties I was extremely unfit and unhealthy. I made a conscious decision that I wanted to get back into shape like I was when I was younger, so I started running and going to the gym. I then decided to climb Kilimanjaro as a test to myself to see if I would be able to reach the summit. One thing led to another and here I am three years later having climbed Kilimanjaro three more times and been on multiple expeditions. Back then it would have never crossed my mind that I would still be climbing mountains and wanting to summit the highest mountain on every continent.

How would you like to be remembered?
No matter what the future holds, I want one day to be able to look back and say that I lived my dream and hope that in the process I have inspired others to do the same.

What is your favourite thing to do?
One of my favourite things to do is run. Running helps me get my thoughts in order. It allows me time outdoors (I try to never run on a treadmill) and helps keep me in shape and fit enough when the time comes for an expedition to the mountains.

Who are your real-life heroes?
Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer. In 1978, he made the first solo ascent of Mount Everest (the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen) and was the first climber to ascend all 14 of the world’s highest mountains above 8,000 meters.

Describe yourself in three words.
Enthusiastic. Driven. Passionate.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to have completed the seven summits and still be travelling the world and perhaps I would hopefully be on a mountain somewhere with a big smile on my face.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…
If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Dream big and do not be afraid to fail. When we fail, we learn it is an opportunity for us to try again.

What’s the secret of your success?
Hard work, determination and perseverance. I’d say when I set a goal, I put a plan in place and I stick to it and do whatever I can to achieve that goal. I try to make the best out of every situation I am in. Also, being grateful for every opportunity that I have been blessed with and for all the support from my friends and family.

It is said that every inspirational person has been inspired by another, was that the case for you?
I was never inspired per say by anybody I met but rather what inspired me was the feeling I experienced being on a mountain. It’s very difficult to describe in words but the best way I can explain it is that I felt like I had found my calling or purpose in life, like nothing else mattered and I knew exactly what I had to do and how to do it.

Your message for other people?
Never be afraid to go against the grain to fulfil your dreams and never settle for the norms society has placed before you. Be brave and chase your dreams. Take that first step and the next will follow. I always tell people that being on a mountain is a lot like everyday life. It’s not always smooth sailing. You will have ups and downs and it’s those tough times when we are tested that truly define and shape who we become and the way we choose to lead our lives.

Your hobbies?
In my free time you will most likely find me running, practicing photography and editing, travelling, or just reading and learning about things that draw my interest.

Your achievements?
I have summited Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Africa and Tanzania) three times and will be going for my fourth this December. Successfully summited Mt. Elbrus (highest mountain in Europe and Russia) twice from both known routes, North and South. Successfully summited Mt. Kazbek (highest mountain in Georgia).
I am scared of…
Deep water. I really don’t like the fact that I can’t see the ground beneath me when I’m swimming in the ocean, but I don’t let it stop me from swimming anyway. I just try not to think about it, or look down!

What is your favourite holiday spot and why?
That’s a pretty difficult question to answer but I believe it would have to be between three countries, Sri Lanka, Russia or Tanzania. It all depends honestly on what kind of holiday I am after. If I want to get lost in a massive city then I would definitely choose Russia. If I just want to disconnect from civilization for a bit I would go to Sri Lanka for the kindness of its people and the endless jungles and national parks and beautiful beaches. If adventure is what I am after Kilimanjaro is a short flight away and Tanzania is the place to go for that. The people of Africa are always heartwarming with endless smiles on their faces and never fail to rejuvenate my faith in humanity.

What is the next mountain you plan on climbing?
In December 2019 I plan on climbing and successfully summiting Kilimanjaro for the 4th time. In January, 10 days after Kilimanjaro, I plan on climbing Aconcagua which is the highest mountain in South America and the second highest of the Seven Summits standing at 6,962m which is located in Argentina.

Your favourite quote?
As you think, so shall you become.

On being selected as an Inspiring Man for the year…
I would like to thank CP Magazine for selecting me as an Inspiring Man for the year and my friends and family for continuously believing in me. I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this award. I hope that those of you reading this may decide to one day conquer the mountains that lay before you, both figuratively and literally.

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