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Nadav Ben Yehuda (Hebrew: נדב בן יהודה‎‎, born February 29, 1988) is an Israeli mountain climber, search and rescue professional, photographer and speaker.

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Early life

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Ben Yehuda lives in Rehovot, Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Golani Brigade's reconnaissance unit. In the unit, which is one of the IDF's elite commando units, he suffered from injuries both during training and operational activities. Ben Yehuda studied law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), and was given distinguished athlete status.

Climbing career and rescues

Ben Yehuda is the only Israeli experienced in search and rescue in complex alpine conditions.

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Ben Yehuda was awarded a citation as part of the youth President's Volunteer Award for his efforts. The President of Israel at the time, Shimon Peres, said to Ben Yehuda: "You searched for a geographical peak and found a humanitarian peak". He also received a medallion of courage from the Florida International University.

Rescues

In 2014, Ben Yehuda led an expedition to Tibet to promote organ donation, attempting to climb two mountains over 8,000 m in the same season, including the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,206 m. On his way back to Israel he stayed in Nepal due to the 2014 snowstorm disaster, and participated in rescue missions across the Annapurna range. Ben Yehuda was called on by the Israeli embassy to rescue Emil Aljam, an Israeli climber hit by the same storm but trapped in the Everest range. On the second day of the search, Aljam extricated himself and came to the rescue base camp. A week later he was the first Israeli responder to a fatal bus crash in Nepal, where two Israelis were killed and four seriously injured.

Other climbs

In March 2012, Ben Yehuda doubled the national record, and climbed the Moshe Aviv Tower in Ramat Gan, the highest skyscraper in Israel, thirteen times in a row.

In September 2012, he climbed Mount Kazbek in Georgia, and after that did a solo climb in Spain.

In January 2015 Ben Yehuda climbed the Kilimanjaro with his girlfriend Lena Malenkovich, where they got engaged.

In May 2016 he became the first Israeli to climb Annapurna I, the tenth highest, and the most dangerous mountain in the world.

References

Nadav Ben Yehuda Wikipedia


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