Travis takes giant steps on roof of the world
AGNES Water man Travis Cazaly hadn't been on an airplane before he trekked the mountains of Nepal last month.
The former Rosedale State School student was chosen for the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Everest Trek in April, one of three students from the central Queensland region.
CQHHS gave young people who have already faced challenges in their life the opportunity to tackle the Himalayas.
Chief executive Len Richards, director of nursing at Rockhampton Hospital Wendy Hoey and intensive care Doctor Jack Dixon accompanied the students to Nepal.
Travis, 18, said it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
"It was amazing being able to see the culture and what their beliefs are and the mountains all around," he said.
"I have never seen snow before and it was my first time flying. It was scary because I am afraid of heights."
The Agnes Water resident said he couldn't believe it when he was nominated for the two-and-a-half-week trip.
"My principal called me in and I thought it was just a joke," he said.
"I said 'yeah throw my name in' and two weeks later she said I had been accepted."
The positions were given to students who had overcome challenges.
"I've struggled through school and I have overcome difficult times and stuff like that," Travis said.
"I moved out of home when I turned 16. The school helped me overcome my anger issues."
During the trip, Travis visited Katmandu, Lukla and villages in Nepal. They also painted a community building in Kunde.
"We trekked up hills and stuff. On the first day we got there we went to the markets and spent money," he said.
"It was cold, we had to put on three jackets."
The crew didn't quite reach base camp at Mt Everest due to the weather.
The group arrived back to Australia on April 21, just days before the devastating Nepal earthquake.
Travis returned to his Agnes Water home and is now building fences.
He would like to work on gaining more qualifications.
"I want to get a certificate in personal training and also a diploma of music," he said.
"I like messing around with electronic music."