A teenager trying to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest has copped abuse for pressing on with plans to reach the summit.
Queenslander Alyssa Azar, 17, is in Nepal and still wants to conquer the mountain despite last week’s deadly avalanche that killed at least 13 Sherpa guides.
Her father Glenn Azar says he and Alyssa have received emails attacking her desire to continue.
“We’ve received a few different emails from anonymous people telling her they think what she’s doing is wrong … some quite vile stuff,” he told the ABC on Tuesday.
Mr Azar said he’d be quite happy if she cancelled the attempt but Alyssa and her Sherpa guide wanted to persevere.
“(But) I’ve always been a believer in allowing the kids to chase their dreams and this is something she lives and breathes. I have to accept that risk as part of it,” he said.
Even if this climb was aborted, Mr Azar said he knew his daughter would return later for her chance to conquer Everest.
The bodies of 13 local sherpa guides have been pulled from the snow and another three are thought to be still buried in the avalanche which hit on Friday morning, the worst single accident in the mountain’s history.
Another nine were rescued alive from the avalanche, which struck the group of sherpas as they hauled gear up the mountain for international climbers who were waiting at Everest base camp below.
Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, which lost four sherpas in the accident with another still missing, has decided to cancel its expedition.
US-based Discovery Channel also cancelled an expedition after losing its team of sherpas in the accident, it said in a statement.
The channel was planning a live broadcast of the first winged jumpsuit flight off the summit.