Clifford Gouldson Lawyers

An update on Alyssa Azar's Mount Everest climb

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3/05/2016

Clifford Gouldson Lawyers is proud to be a sponsor of local mountain climber Alyssa Azar and her attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Here at Clifford Gouldson we relish the challenge of helping our clients acheive their business and personal dreams.  We help create new businesses, protect amazing new ideas and provide services that ensure existing businesses can meet their future ambitions.

Our sponsorship of Alyssa's climb is a reflection of our desire to help others achieve their dreams while also building our own of finding new and better ways to provide legal services.

Update from Mt Everest

Provided below is an update from Alyssa's father Glenn Azar:

Background: 

There are four camps on the way to the summit of Mount Everest. To access these you must first cross the Khumbu Icefall which is where 70% of the deaths on Everest occur. You must also cross the icefall on the way back from these camps. It's dangerous but it's also unavoidable. 

Alyssa's Progress: 

Alyssa has crossed the Icefall on four occasions to date and has made her way to Camp One for an overnight stay and then across the Western Cwm (pronounced coom) and onto Camp Two. 

This is a part of the acclimatisation process and what the climbers call 'rotations' as they slowly rotate up and down the mountain to prepare their bodies as best they can for the upcoming altitude they will experience. Any climber dropped on top of Mount Everest would be unconscious and dead within minutes, so these rotations give them the best available opportunity to survive at the higher altitudes. 

Alyssa is now resting at Base Camp for four days to allow her body to recover and then she will begin another rotation, this time up to Camp Three. 

If that rotation goes well and she continues to feel good and strong, then she will rest for approx a week and await the weather and conditions to be right for the summit attempt. 

Once she enters Camp Four she has approx 18-24 hours to get to the summit and back down before she will run out of oxygen. The body simply cannot handle this level of altitude, even with supplementary oxygen, for any more than 24 hours. The lack of oxygen and pressure of altitude also make it impossible to sleep. 

This is where the true test of endurance, mindset and having the ability to push through pain and the mind tricks will be the most important thing. 

Support: 

I have to say a huge thank you to everyone for the support of Alyssa. A special thanks to those that have sponsored her to assist this climb to go ahead.


For people to live their dreams they must be empowered and supported to do so. There is no way we could have got Alyssa onto the mountain without this support. We also could not have got her there without our own beliefs that you never hold back another human being from their dreams. If there's an opportunity to lift someone up then take it. It can only do good for yourself and the World. 

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