The Climb.....

Our speaker at our last formal dinner for 2018, on Tuesday 4th September, was Alyssa Azar, an Australian mountaineer and adventurer. In May 2016 Alyssa was the youngest Australian woman to summit the South side of Mt Everest at 19 years old, and is now also the youngest woman to summit from both the North and South sides after successfully reaching the summit from the North Side (Tibet) on the 19th May 2018 at just 21 years old. 

Following the showing a video highlighting the challenges and extreme conditions on Mt Everest, Alyssa explained how she began trekking in 2005 with her first challenge, crossing the Kokoda Track in PNG, at just 8 years of age. After completing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011, Alyssa began climbing by doing a mountaineering course in New Zealand. Since then she has climbed in South America, Russia and Nepal on various expeditions to different peaks. She has just returned from Tanzania (August 2018) after another successful climb of Mt Kilimanjaro. Alyssa emphasised that each trek requires a significant amount of planning and poses significant physical and mental challenges. Treks to the summit of places like Mt Everest have a narrow climbing window and climbers need to plan for worst case scenarios.

Alyssa and her father Glenn run an adventure business based out of Brisbane, and Alyssa is also involved in the Army Reserves.