Approaching Fearless Campsite on the Larapinta Trail |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Looking towards Fearless Camp. |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i>

Fearless Camp - In Memory of Sue Fear

Fearless Camp is nestled under the foot of Mt Sonder and is named in honour of the first Australian born female to summit Mt Everest, Sue Fear. 

Sue Fear Guide |  <i>Andrew Thomasson</i>
Sue joined the adventure travel industry shortly after leaving school on Sydney’s North Shore, originally in an office role. Being an outdoor enthusiast, she moved out of the office and into the field, starting a career in leading cross country ski trips in Australia, and later guiding mountain expeditions in South America, Africa and the Himalaya. In the decade spanning 1996 to 2006 she embarked on her own journey to climb big mountains and quickly became recognised as one of Australia’s leading mountaineers.

Sue died on Sunday, 28th May, 2006 whilst descending from the summit of Mount Manaslu in Nepal. Manaslu was Sue's fifth climb of a mountain over 8000 metres - others being Gasherbrum II in 2004, Everest in 2003, Shishapangma in 2002 and Cho Oyu in 1998.

Sue was an inspiring individual. Her energy, courage and innate sense of purpose were recognizable in every aspect of how she conducted her life. She was also a sincere, kind and immensely generous person. 

Sue made a huge contribution to Australian mountaineering and paved the way for females in the sport which is traditionally male dominated. Many a time, travellers would return from a trip which Sue had led, in awe of her ardent interest in helping others to achieve their outdoor pursuits. 

The Larapinta Trail was a special place in Sue’s trip leading history. She spent two seasons guiding World Expeditions trekkers along the ancient West McDonald Ranges. She loved the land and being in Australia’s outback.

Fearless’s Campsite is located near the base of Mount Sonder and is a tribute to Sue’s passion, drive and enthusiasm for mountain climbing and guiding.
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