Alyssa Azar on the summit of Ama Dablam with Mount Everest rising in the background behind her.
Alyssa Azar on the summit of Ama Dablam with Mount Everest rising in the background behind her. Contributed

Sky’s the limit for our Alyssa

HOW will Alyssa Azar's book end?

She hopes with a victorious attempt to be the youngest Australian to climb Mt Everest.

But after last year, the 18-year-old adventurer is prepared for anything.

"I signed a book deal with Penguin and it's nearly finished. Those last few chapters are waiting for Everest," she said.

In April last year, tragedy forced Ms Azar to abandon the trek after an avalanche killed 13 Sherpa guides on the mountain.

Hours after the avalanche, she wrote a text message to her ever-supportive father Glenn Azar, saying "Just letting you know I'm still going up. The team haven't discussed anything, but I'm 100% determined."

Despite her fierce resolve, the climb had to be called off for reasons outside her control

She returned to Toowoomba to start training for a second attempt at the world's highest peak.

In three weeks, she will jet off for an expedition a life-time in the making.

"This time I'm feeling a lot more relaxed," she said.

"It won't all be as new as it was last year. Anything could happen, but I'm ready."

As well as signing the book deal with Penguin, Ms Azar has also been contracted for a documentary with Channel 7's Sunday Night.

A film crew and reporter Denham Hitchcock will travel to Everest base camp and document her second attempt at a national record.

Not to be caught up with the media attention, she made a point of telling the crew at a meeting in Sydney the climb would always be her first priority.

"They'll get the footage as it happens. It will be very real."

The deal was one she wasn't expecting and has helped her to fund the climb and attract new much-needed sponsors.

Alyssa Azar.
Alyssa Azar.

Acquire Learning helped to save her trip after last year's financial loss with a sponsorship of more than $50,000.

Sponsors are still coming through for the climb - Dick Smith contacted her yesterday and offered a substantial donation from his own pocket.

If she conquers Everest, she would be another step on the journey of conquering the Seven Summit mountaineering challenge.

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

A list of adventures

  • Kokoda Track - 2005 (8 years old)
  • Mt Everest Base Camp - 2007 (10 years old)
  • Aussie 10 Peaks - 2009 (12 years old)
  • Mt Kilimanjaro - 2011 (14 years old).
  • To follow Alyssa's adventures visit alyssaazar.com.au.


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