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Teen Becomes The Youngest Australian To Climb To The Top Of Mount Everest

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Teen Becomes The Youngest Australian To Climb To The Top Of Mount Everest

A Melbourne teenager has just become the youngest Australian to conquer Mount Everest.

Gabby Kanizay, 19, conquered the epic adventure alongside her mother, Jane, 52.

The duo reached the 'death zone' Everest peak together to become one of the very few mother-daughter pairings to make it to the top of the world. 

Along with their Sherpa guides, Gabby and Jane spent an hour at the summit and were able to watch the sun rise from the highest point on Earth.

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Any mountain climb above 8,000m is called 'the death zone' due to the extreme weather conditions and low levels of oxygen in the air.

Gabby and her mum at the Everest peak. Credit: Tendi Sherpa.
Gabby and her mum at the Everest peak. Credit: Tendi Sherpa.

There are only 14 mountains in the world that fit this criteria, and Gabby has now climbed three of them.

While climbing Everest would be an incredible feat in itself for anyone, the 19-year-old decided to hit the summit of the world's fourth highest peak on the way down.

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Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres.

Gabby's guide on her climbs was Tendi Sherpa, who convinced Gabby that she was strong enough to tackle Lhotse after Everest.

He described guiding the Brighton teen as 'a great honour'.

"Throughout the climb, Gabby had been mentally and physically so strong," he said in a social media post.

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And Gabby doesn't plan to stop at Everest and her cheeky Lhotse detour.

She now plans to conquer the remaining death zone peaks around the world.

Tendi, Gabby, and Jane at the top of the world. Credit: Tendi Sherpa
Tendi, Gabby, and Jane at the top of the world. Credit: Tendi Sherpa

"I think Tendi, and everyone here, is pretty keen to keep doing 8,000m peaks with me," she told the ABC.

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"So I'll see how many of the 8,000m peaks I can get done, because I do love high-altitude climbing."

The Brighton teen described reaching the peak as an experience like no other.

"Just to know that you're literally on top of the world and there is nobody higher than you at this point," she said.

Gabby set her Everest goal at only 14 year of age after visiting Everest Base Camp.

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"I just came here and fell in love with the atmosphere," she told the ABC.

"I fell in love with the people who work here and you're just surrounded by these enormous mountains."

Back home in Melbourne, her father Jarrod told Nine that he never doubted his daughter's determination to reach the top.

"She's very courageous and she's very sporty," he said.

"She has an energy about her that does allow her to stick to her guns and follow through."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Tendi Sherpa.

Topics: Australia, News

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