Alyssa Azar, 18, to re-attempt Mount Everest trek in 2015
IF THERE is one local who knows how to stick to a resolution, it's young adventurer Alyssa Azar.
The 18-year-old's mission to scale Mt Everest this year crumbled beneath her when an avalanche fell on the side of the mountain.
A total of 18 climbers and Sherpas were killed in the April avalanche.
"The news was devastating. As climbers, we understand the risks we undertake with these adventures but the impact through a tragedy is still very real, no matter how prepared we are," Ms Azar said.
"Nature is always in control and we do our best to challenge ourselves through nature's highs and lows.
"The tragedy brought us all together, as tragedy has a way of doing to any community."
Climbers at the peak of their fitness and dedication to reaching the summit reassessed their goals as the mountain closed for the remainder of the 2014 season.
While others remained unsure if they would make a second attempt, Ms Azar knew there was no question in her mind.
"I just knew deep within me that I must fulfil my dreams," she said.
"My Sherpa, Ang, made me promise to come back as he wanted to climb with me again, but I needed to go home to process and reassess everything.
"When I left Nepal, I knew I would return, I just wasn't sure when."
But now she does and Ms Azar will return to the frozen mountain region in Nepal for her second attempt at the Mount Everest summit.
Years of training and climbs around the world including Africa, South America, New Zealand and Nepal have held her in good stead for her mission.
She will return to Nepal in March next year for her second attempt, and offered her tips on how people can achieve their goals and stick with their New Year's resolutions.
"For me, the biggest tip I can give is find your passion," she said.
"The easiest thing in the world to do is give up.
"People do it all the time, but just take time to work out why you wanted to achieve the goal in the first place."
Ms Azar said external and internal motivation were the two main forces behind people sticking to their goals.
"External motivation is where you do things for reasons outside yourself," she said.
"Internal motivation is where the reason is deep inside you.
"You're doing it because it's important to you.
"Whatever your goals or dreams for 2015, you just have to keep going.
"There might be setbacks, but just keep going."