EP19: DEFYING ODDS: Mountaineer Nelly Attar, on facing one of the most dangerous climbs in the world to honour her father
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July 22, 2022 – On this day our guest, Nelly Attar, became the first Arab woman to summit K2.


This is historic for the Arab world. Not only is this the world’s second-highest peak after Mount Everest but is also one of the most dangerous mountains to climb. With its peak 8,611 meters high, located in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, this is famously known as the Savage Mountain.

It was a challenge that the  33-year-old mountaineer took on to honour her late father, who was responsible for sparking that spirit of the outdoors and adventure in her. Unfazed by the facts and figures of the mountain’s challenging terrain,  and some of the most unforgiving conditions and weather on the planet, she went out and achieved her dream. 

In fact, Nelly tells us that she manifested and visualised her accent down to a T. How she’d climb, what she’d do when she got to the top, the fireball outfit that she’d wear, and of course, wanting to raise the flag of Lebanon high.

We go from the ground up to the summit with Nelly in this episode as she narrates her days adopting a tunnel vision as she prepared for this big push, the risk assessment that went into it, and turning to faith in the face of fear. 

Nelly has also seen and experienced the toll such expeditions take on the environment and tells us what mountaineers can do to reduce their impact when they take on such challenges.

 To follow Nelly, find her on instagram at @nellyattar  and www.nellyattar.com

Today’s episode was supported by the awesome and adventurous team at Deep Dive Dubai, the world’s deepest pool. Check them out for some truly awe-inspiring scuba and freedive experiences. Visit www.deepdivedubai.com

Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore.

 For more info,  visit www.themettleset.com , and follow us on @themettleset

This was a chat filled with lessons and laughter. We hope you enjoy it!

 Dawn & Afshan 



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