Teen adventurer's text to dad: I'm still going up Everest

ON HER WAY: Years of preparation have lead up to the Mt Everest summit attempt for Alyssa Azar. Photo Contributed
ON HER WAY: Years of preparation have lead up to the Mt Everest summit attempt for Alyssa Azar. Photo Contributed

UPDATE: "Just letting you know I'm still going up.  The team haven't discussed anything but I'm 100% determined."  

This was the text Alyssa Azar sent to her father Glenn hours after the avalanche struck on Mount Everest, tragically killing at least 12 people.  

Mr Azar said he heard from his daughter before the news broke about the avalanche.   

"I haven't spoken to her yet, just through messages," Mr Azar said.  

"She was close enough to witness the rescue, and the bodies being brought down the mountain.  

"The base camp Alyssa's staying at is right on the edge of the ice fall, about six-eight hours climbing time away from where the avalanche happened.  

"She's currently 5,500m in altitude and the avalanche was at 6,100m."  

Mr Azar said his daughter didn't know the Sherpa guides who were killed in the tragedy but would have been hit hard by their deaths.  

"Alyssa is very pure about mountaineering, and in touch with the Sherpas.   She has such a great affinity with these guys.  

"This is the worst climbing one-day event on Everest in history."  

Mr Azar said he would support his daughter whatever decision she made.  

"If she decides to come home, then she's coming home, but knowing Alyssa if she says she's going on, she will.  She's mentally strong."  

Ms Azar is currently at the base camp completing her altitude training and was scheduled to climb through the ice fall where the avalanche happened in just a few days.    

"It brings home the reality that this is dangerous.  Not that we doubted that."

The text messages:

Alyssa: "Just letting you know I'm still going up.  The team haven't discussed anything but I'm 100% determined.
Glenn: "Yeh for sure, you know I'm with you whatever you decide to do.
Alyssa: "Thanks, I'll write down some of my thoughts down in case anything happens.  My only fear is for you and mum to be judged if someone was to happen."
Glenn: "That's for us to worry about."

TOOWOOMBA teen Alyssa Azar has sent word that she was not caught in a deadly Mount Everest avalanche that has killed at least 12 local guides.

Thought to be the deadliest climbing tragedy in eight years, the avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak about 6.45am local time yesterday.

Ms Azar, 17 in the midst of her attempt to be the youngest Australian to reach the peak,  had just spent her first full day on the icefall, a series of glaciers which climbers move between by ladders.

A post on her Facebook page soon after the avalanche read that "Alyssa is safe and well.  She was not on the icefall when the avalanche came through." 


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