Despite being told she would never walk again after a fall left her with severe injuries, Dubai-resident Caroline Leon recently attempted to break the Guinness World Record for climbing the tallest mountain in each Middle Eastern country.
And while the 34-year-old Australian failed to complete the course in the time specified by the Guinness governing body, she managed to get to scale 10 summits in 28 days and has vowed to successfully break the record on her next attempt.
“I’ve completed 10/15 (Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE). The final 5 like Bahrain and Iraq I visited but due to political and security problems was not able to summit. Hence I’m in the process of making plans to return,” she revealed on her Instagram page.
“As for Yemen, it’s my wish to visit this beautiful country under safer conditions. So where am I at with all of this. I’m going to finish this adventure and hopefully be the first woman to summit all the mountains in the Middle East at a slightly slower and safer pace,” she added.
“If it’s the last thing I do, then it will be to complete this challenge and take you all with me on this journey.”
And she's not letting her failed attempt get her down either.
"There’s always a silver lining to every situation," she wrote on another post. "This whole journey has been amazing and I wouldn’t change one second of it."