Lynette, who turns 50 this year, attempted the climb once in 2010 and once in 2011, but was unsuccessful both times, due to medical and timing issues.
For the second time, the SACA team have donated a kit bag full of bats, balls, wickets, apparel and other cricket necessities so that Lynette can spread her love of cricket to the children of Nepal.
Travelling to Asia with Plan International, earlier than the rest of her climbing team, Lynette will deliver the equipment to kids in the Makwanpur region, which was hit by a damaging earthquake in 2015.
“Cricket is my passion,” Lynette said.
“I’m going to deliver this wonderful cricket equipment because the kids over there love their cricket.”
“I just know how much the Nepalese kids adore (cricket) and for me that’s how I have connected with the kids over there (on previous trips). One of the best things the Commonwealth has is that connection over cricket.”
Local kids using the equipment that Lynette gifted on a previous visit.
Insistent on completing the climb by her 50th birthday, Lynette assembled a specialist team including an endurance coach, a strength and conditioning coach, a physiotherapist, a podiatrist and a sports psychologist, with the latter added after feeling she was not mentally prepared on previous climbs.
“I always tell everyone that climbing Everest is 95% mental…so this time around I got myself a sports psychologist to help me and he’s made a huge difference,” Lynette said.
The contract accountant and CFS volunteer has taken several months off work in the lead-up in order to fully equip herself for the climb.
Away for 71 days, Lynette says the climb itself is expected to take anywhere from six to eight weeks, depending on the weather.
“I’ve really focused on getting in the right headspace to cope with what’s ahead, which is quite daunting.”
Approximately 30 people will accompany her on the trek 8850 metres into the sky, including other climbers, a doctor, a chef and local guides.