By Joanne Bladd
Nabil Al Busaidi plants the Omani flag into the snow-topped Mount Vinson.
Arab explorer Nabil 'Nabs' Al Busaidi has finally conquered Antarctica's highest summit, it was revealed on Monday.
The 39-year-old, who entered the record books last April after completing a 24-day trek across the Arctic, planted the Omani flag into the snow at the top of Mount Vinson, one of the world’s Seven Summits – or the highest peaks on the seven continents.
In actual fact, he managed this feat last week, but poor weather conditions and complications with technology prevented him from telling even his family and friends until Monday.
“I dived on the summit like a rugby player scoring a try, planting the Omani flag, at the highest point of snow, on the highest mountain, on the highest continent, in the coldest driest place on earth,” Nabs told Arabian Business.
“The time was 19:12 GMT on January 17, 2010. And I was the first Omani to summit Mount Vinson, one of the seven highest summits on the seven continents.”
He is now recovering in the Chilean city of Puntas Arenas before returning to Bahrain.
During his bid to conquer the 4,892m peak, which stands some 1,200km from the South Pole, Nabs faced dangerous arctic conditions and altitude sickness.
Only 1,400 people have succeeded in climbing Mount Vinson.
AB.com followed Nabs while on this amazing journey. Read his diary
Congratulations Nabil for conquering the highest peak of the Antarctic and for planting the Omani flag there. As an Omani, I couldnâ€™t be more proud for seeing you on top of Mount Vinson. Congratulations and my best wishes for your future adventures.