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Alyssa Azar - Mountaineer - Youngest woman to Summit Mt Everest from both the North and South sides

Alyssa Azar - Mountaineer -  Youngest woman to Summit Mt Everest from both the North and South sides at 21 years old.

Alyssa is the youngest Australian to Summit Mt Everest which she did at 19 years old on the 21st May 2016. Alyssa is also the youngest woman to Summit Mt Everest from both the North and South sides after successfully reaching the summit of Mt Everest from the North Side (Tibet) on the 19th May 2018 at just 21 years old.

Alyssa began trekking in 2005 with her first challenge, crossing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. Alyssa then trekked in Nepal, completed treks such as Everest Base Camp and Kokoda numerous times, Mt Kosciuszko in Australia, the Aussie 10 (the 10 highest peaks in Australia), Mt Kilimanjaro.

After completing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011, Alyssa began climbing by doing a mountaineering course in NZ. Since then she has climbed in South America, Russia and Nepal on various expeditions to different peaks including: Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Manaslu, Elbrus and four Everest Expeditions.

Alyssa was on Everest both in 2014 and 2015 when the Avalanche and the Nepal Earthquake occurred and closed the mountain. She returned in 2016 to make her first successful summit of Mt Everest.

After taking one year off Everest Season in 2017 she decided to go back in 2018 and make her successful north side attempt via Tibet.


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Show notes

  • Who is Alyssa

  • Her relationship with her family

  • Finding her passion

  • People not understanding her goals

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro at 14

  • Deciding to go and climb Mt Everest

  • Struggling in school socially and feeling like an outcast

  • Setting the goal

  • The lack of female role models growing up

  • Being surrounded by like minded individuals

  • Her 5 year journey to the summit of Mount Everest

  • Doing a climbing course in New Zealand

  • Working with a coach to get physically fit

  • Having mentors

  • Putting her training to the test and making sure progress was being made

  • Doing a climbing expedition to the Andes in South America

  • Trekking into Everest Base Camp

  • The challenges in 2014 and 2015 at Everest

  • Trying to decide what to do next?

  • Going for her 3rd attempt in 2016

  • Dealing with her emotions

  • Perfect Performance Line

  • Keeping focused while dealing with set backs

  • Paying for the adventure

  • The team dynamics on Everest

  • Caring what other people thought

  • Why the goal to climb Everest was the most important thing

  • What summit night was like

  • 20 mins at the top!

  • The biggest challenge of climbing Everest

  • Life after Everest….

  • Going to uni to study Psychology

  • Goals and dreams for the future

  • Final words of advice to help you achieve your dreams


Social Media

Instagram - @alyssaazar


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