A half-Saudi, half-Lebanese child psychologist and co-founder of The Empowerment Hub, Mona Shahab is also a mountain junkie with a big heart. Her most recent climb in December 2015 was Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Her seventh climb was dedicated to Mohammed, an 11-year-old boy from Syria battling bone cancer.
How did you get into climbing?
In the early years, I hiked with my parents on holiday in Spain. I believe that this sparked my interest for adventure, nature, and climbing.
What has been your biggest climbing challenge?
The nausea caused from the high altitude is always tough. Apart from the physical aspect, it’s a challenge as a Saudi female to please everyone—as people from Saudi have their own opinions of girls climbing. The good news is that it’s getting easier.
Mountains Climbed: Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Aconcagua, Mount Vinson