Climbing a mountain in memory of childhood friend Sue Fear

By Jacqueline Ballard

No challenge too hard

Sue Fear was my childhood buddy, we grew up together in St Ives and would dream of great adventures, of exploring the Amazon together and into the jungle! We would often disappear into the wild bush around us in St Ives searching for ferns and fossils and loved nothing more than sitting by a campfire at night in our gardens. 

We were founding members of the Purple Hat Mob - a small street gang of kids that enjoyed adventures together. My two sons have named their band Purple Hat Mob in memory of the gang!

Sue went onto become a mountain climber and was the first Australian women to climb Everest. Sadly she lost her life in a climbing accident in Nepal and is greatly missed.

As a passionate supporter, Sue raised awareness and funds for FHF by giving talks at schools, community and business groups. Her book, ‘Fear No Boundary’ – One woman’s amazing journey, contributed a dollar from every sale to the FHF.

I live in England now. The only mountain I have ever tackled is a mountain of ironing! But I have always retained the same sense of adventure as my buddy Sue - so - I am climbing the highest mountain in England - Scafell Pike, in the Lakes District - on March 17 (UK  date), what would have been Sue's 60th birthday (AUS date 18th - you're 12 hours ahead!) in memory of my childhood friend.

Vale Sue.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Martin Weir

Sue was an amazing person, I was so glad to have known her, and share many laughs and good times. Good for you Jacqueline, for doing this, Sue would have been chuffed.


Judi Brewster

Well done JB1. Love, JB2


Louise Pollaers

Wonderful idea in memory of our adventurous childhood friend and raising money for a terrific cause.


Debbie Bird

What a wonderful tribute to your friend. Wishing you the best of British luck with your climb.



Hopefully the weather will be fair and the climb memorable...

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