Nur Yusrina Ya ’akob 30, Mount Everest Summiter
It took seven years of training for Yusrina to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
When the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Yusrina had no choice but to turn back from Everest Base Camp. They had trained for about five years, climbing staircases and training at the gym in simulated low-oxygen environments three times a week.
While she was grateful she wasn’t hurt in the earthquake, she also couldn’t help but feel like she had wasted her five-year effort. And it wasn’t like she could just go at it again – she had to assemble a climbing team, sort out funding and finances, and find another window of time when she can take a few months off for the expedition. Yusrina admitted that life got in the way and it became difficult for her to pick up where she had left off. “But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It bothered me for a long time,” she says.
When no one else from her original team wanted to make the attempt again, Yusrina decided to form a new team, NTU-NIE Everest Singapore, with two other individuals. They embarked on their expedition earlier this year. But when her two teammates had to abort the climb due to hypothermia and frostbite, Yusrina alone pushed on to the summit with two guides. On May 22, 2017 at 11:55am Singapore time, Yusrina reached the summit of Mount Everest, making her the first Malay Singaporean woman to stand atop the 8,848m-tall mountain.
Cotton knit turtleneck, $45.90, ZARA. Polyester wrap dress, lyrca ruffle pants, $99.90, both H&M. Scarf, Yusrina’s own.