How did you get into climbing?
I started 5 years ago when I was 25. My parents wanted me to move back to Saudi from Dubai. I was pressured to get married and to conform to typical Saudi life. I didn’t like being pushed in that direction, and so I decided that I would climb the largest mountains in the world.
What’s been your biggest climbing challenge?
The biggest challenge has been convincing my parents. They weren’t happy when I started climbing, especially as there weren’t many girls from the Gulf climbing at this time. It took a while to get them on board, but it was never an option for me to climb without their blessing. I started with Kilimanjaro, which is less dangerous. From there, I gained their trust and moved onto more dangerous climbs.
Mountains Climbed: Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl