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Omar Samra: First Egyptian to climb Everest

Updated 10:39 AM ET, Wed October 17, 2012
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Omar Samra is an Egyptian explorer and the youngest Arab ever to climb Mount Everest. Here he poses with his country's national flag atop the world's highest peak. Omar Samra
A serial adventurer, Samra has also cycled across the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and trekked through the jungles of Costa Rica. Omar Samra
Samra's next challenge, he says, is to climb the tallest peak on each of the world's seven continents. With six already down -- including Everest and Kilamanjaro -- he only has Mount Mckinley in Alaska remaining. Omar Salam
When the Egyptian revolution began in January 2011, Samra was atop Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in Latin America. He quickly returned home to join his compatriots in Tahrir Square however. Getty Images
Hair-raising activities like this ladder crossing at the Khumbi ice fall near the base of Mount Everest are a world away from Samra's previous career as an investment banker in London and Hong Kong. Omar Samra
Samra now owns a travel company, Wild Guanabana, and is partial to the charms of globetrotting himself. Here he visits the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia with his wife, Marwa. Omar Samra