One Man’s Journey to the Top

This is the story of an Iraqi-Canadian man who I meet back in the 90s while we were doing our Master’s in Computer Science in Malaysia.  Ahmad Wasfi was known of his love to martial arts but no one expected, not even himself, that one day he will have a passion to hike snow-covered mountains all year round. Especially, when you know he was born and raised in Baghdad were the maximum average temperature is above 100 F (> 40 C) and the lowest temperature reaches no less than 38 F (above zero Celsius).

In 2000, I went back to Jordan and he immigrated to Canada. We lost contact since then. But thanks to social networking websites we meet again on Facebook. He now lives in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful places in the world I was told.

Recently, Vacouver Courier wrote about his success story of becoming a hiker and creating a social network website  (livetrails.com) dedicated to hikers. Check livetrail for the amazing pictures of Canada’s trails and nature.

I am very proud of him. He is doing something he likes. Go Ahmad go!

Here is an excerpt of the article:

image_thumb[7]For some people, a snow-covered gorge bathed by the last fading rays of sunset is a screen saver. For others, it’s a hiking destination.

For Ahmad Wasfi, it’s both.

Wasfi, 38, is the Metro Vancouver creator of livetrails.com, a comprehensive hiking website showcasing more than 2,000 trails–most of them in B.C. "We’re trying to form this community connected by technology to connect to nature," he said.

The free site is part information resource and part social network.

Wasfi said encouraging people to hike is about more than getting out of the house, it’s about learning to value nature. "To protect something, you need to see it first, you need to enjoy it," he said.

The website, which launched in April 2009, has 354 members connected to each other through Facebook. Wasfi said using the social networking site is designed to form a community of people who appreciate and enjoy hiking. 

via [Vancouver Courier]

 

Some pictures from Ahmad’s Facebook photo album:

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13 thoughts on “One Man’s Journey to the Top

  1. Oh, the joys of social networks!

    Congrats to your friend and I’m glad you were able to re-connect!

    So, what took you to Malaysia for grad school? Interesting choice🙂

    1. Thank you.
      I went to Malaysia because life and study there is cheaper compared to Europe and USA. But also very important factor was because the language of study was in English. I didn’t want to learn French or German. I spent the best time there.

      1. Cool, I’m glad you had a good time there. I have never really thought about grad school in an Asian country. I’m considering going to the US or Europe for grad school.

    1. Sometimes being smart is not enough you need courage which definitely appears that it is something he has.

  2. When I saw the title I was under the impression that your friend made it to the top in business, invented or patent something, but after I read the post I realized that the top in his case was the top of the mountain. In Jordan hiking is not that big of a deal, no local news agency would ever bother reporting about someone or even a group of people climbing mountains in Jordan. Any way I’m glad that you reconnected with your friend through facebook.

  3. Ahmad developed a new social website that is very promising. If you check livetrail.com you will find how useful it is for hikers. Maybe one day it will generate enough money for him🙂
    You are right Jordanian’s media might not be interested in hiking stories. It is not a common hobby or sport in Jordan.
    Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Whenever you put links in your post, and you usually do ,I got busy browsing the sites and reading the articles and I forget to comment😀

    Very nice and impressive , I like when people dedicates some of their time in doing things they love

    About if Jordanian’s media interested in hiking or climbing stories faaaaa they r😀
    There is a Jordanian climber called Mostafa Salama – maybe you read about him – he was the first arabic climber of Everes on 2008 and he was rewarded by King Abdullah II… 😀
    Here is one of the articles about him

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