I was born in Iraq, but had to move all over the Middle East. Now I’m living in the United States and am looking forward to trying out all the amazing new climbs here. I started the sport in 2010 when I tried out a test climb at what would become the Middle East’s first wall in Amman, Jordan – and I’ve never looked back. Although I’d not even set foot on a wall or a rock-face before that point, I somehow managed to climb a 6a without any schooling! Since then I’ve won three local competitions, and was a semi-finalist in 2011’s IFSC Lead Climbing World Championship.
I’ve been lucky to live in Jordan for a few years, which has some world-famous outdoor climbs, such as Wadi Rum - widely regarded as one of the best climbing spots globally.
Sharing climbing with people in the Middle East has been a real passion, and I’ve taught others from day one, with a specialty in top rope and lead. My pupils have included adults and children, as well as Jordan’s military and civil defense - and even members of the Jordanian Royal Family!
I’m also a keen yogi, and have been doing AcroYoga since 2012. I’ve wanted to share my own experiences, and help others who have gone through similar things, so I’ve also worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council in Jordan.
I actually studied software engineering in a few places in the Middle East – having to move around a lot because of the political situation. I left Iraq for Syria in 2006, and then moved to Jordan in 2007, where I lived until 2014 when I was finally granted refugee status to settle in America. Now that I’m here, I can’t wait to push my climbing to new extremes!