the north face resolve insulated jacket Alyssa Azar welcomed home at Toowoomba after climbing Mount Everest
Toowoomba teenager Alyssa Azar has been given a hero’s welcome home at Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs after becoming the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest.
The 19 year old made the summit last month on her third attempt in two years at the treacherous climb.
Ms Azar arrived at the Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba this morning and was welcomed by friends, family, and supporters, saying it “was good to be home”.
She said she had not ruled out taking on the mountain from the north face, but right now remained humbled by the current achievement.
“I don’t like to say that I conquered Everest one of my favourite quotes by Sir Edmund Hilary is ‘it’s not the mountain we conquer by ourselves’ and I think that describes the expedition pretty well,” she said.
“I summited Everest and I’m proud of that,
but I didn’t conquer it at all.”
Ms Azar also said she met Melbourne woman Maria Strydom briefly on Mount Everest before learning later she died of altitude sickness while climbing the mountain.
“We had a very similar summit schedule I saw her once, between Camp 4 and Camp 3,” Ms Azar said.
“You always think in hindsight even though at that point it wasn’t an issue could we have done something?”
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Ms Azar reached the summit of Mt Everest on May 21 and spent 20 minutes on top of the world.
“I made sure I got my summit photos, but I wanted to have a moment to take it in the realisation of completing a goal is a really good feeling,” she said.
“It was a pretty surreal moment when I reached the top it’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was eight.
“All the years of hard work makes it all the more special.”
Ms Azar said the winter weather conditions in Toowoomba were practically “balmy” compared to what she has been enduring on her quest to scale the world’s tallest peak.
“I was hearing reports about the cold at home but it’s great to come back to this kind of weather after being on the mountain it can get to minus 40 [degrees Celsius] up there,” she said.
Ms Azar gave special credit to her family and the Sherpas who trekked with her.
She now plans to write a book about her experience and will prepare to tick another mountaineering challenge the seven summits reaching the peaks of the seven highest points of the continents.