Saudi 13-year-old, Adam Jawa, courageously tackles Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tell us more about deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
While discussing possible locations in Africa with my family, my mom suggested climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. So, being the adventurous family we are, we made plans to climb the highest point in Africa, standing at 19,340 feet.
What inspired you to take on such a difficult challenge?
Last summer, we traveled to climb the highest mountain in Morocco. While my parents completed the climb, I sadly couldn’t; I wasn’t well prepared. They returned with a beautifully scenic photograph of the view. That’s when I knew I didn’t want to look at the world via a lens; I wanted to capture nature’s beauty with my own eyes.
What strategies do you use to overcome the physical and mental challenges you face, climbing such high altitudes?
I focus on always being prepared. Having the right equipment, eating right and exercising. I gain strength and stamina by building strong muscle and extensive cardio exercises. Fitness tests are essential for self-improvement. Mental obstacles are overcome with confidence.
What advice would you give to young boys and girls like yourself?
Most youth spend their time playing video games or munching on fast food. I would suggest prioritizing their health and becoming active. After all, a healthy mind lives in a healthy body.
What is the significance of taking the Saudi flag and your school flag with you?
As a representative of my school, the British International School (BISJ), I carried their flag. I hope that this will be a positive influence and an inspiration to students to achieve anything they set their mind to.
I carried the Saudi flag to represent my country and its people. I wish to highlight the various achievements of Saudi individuals and to inspire people around the world to follow their dreams, no matter how big or small.
What are your plans and aspirations for the future?
While exploring the Kingdom, I plan to highlight its natural beauty. Jabal Sawda in Abha is on my bucket list. While it connects me to the desert – my favorite landscape – it also serves as an escape; a disconnect from the industrialized world.
I aspire to be a successful movie director in the future. Being a movie fanatic, I’m constantly searching for new channels and ways to further polish my directing and filming skills. YouTube channels like ‘Rocket Jump’ and ‘Corridor Digital’ have inspired me.