In March 2006, Paul Adler and Fiona Adler left for their attempt to climb Mount Everest. 

We posted live updates here throughout our climb, as well as during the final stages of our preparation.  We hope that this helped our friends, family and other interested parties to experience the adventure with us along the way.

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Paul and Fiona on top of Mt Kosciusko at the end of a 10 day training hike in Jan 2006

Paul sitting under a snow drift in January!

Crashing on a camp bed in an old mountain hut

Hello and welcome to our website.

We are heading off for Nepal on 21 March 2006 to attempt to climb Mount Everest. It's been a long time in the making but now it seems a little scarily close - only about 6 weeks until we leave.

We've been very busy training and have just returned from spending another week in Victoria's high country - bike riding and hiking. Last Sunday we completed the 200km Audax Alpine Classic bike ride - which was very difficult in 43 degree heat. We felt fine in the morning and by midday had ridden 130kms and completed 3 of the 4 big climbs, but the last climb - Mount Buffalo - was an absolute killer with little shade and the afternoon sun bearing down upon us. Like everyone else, we had to stop several times on the way up and didn't complete the 200kms until late in the afternoon. Thank God for the halfway drink stop and the water spray which cooled us down. After that we spent 3 days camped at the bottom of Mount Bogong, hiking up and down each day.

It seems like these last few weeks are whizzing by so quickly and we still have lots of bits and pieces to finalise! We now have most of our gear but there are still a fair few fiddly bits and pieces to arrange (good socks, sunglasses, overmitts, thermoses, pee bottles, another thermal layer, sports gels, compression bags, spare pack buckles, etc, etc). We're also still tossing up decisions like whether to get a video camera or not, how to store our photos while over there, exactly what foods to take, etc. So surprisingly we don't really have a lot of free time at the moment.

We have had some great news recently though. Firstly, our good friends Chris and Bridget have decided to come to Nepal and hike into Base Camp with us. This should make the 2 week trek in lots of fun. They'll stay at Base Camp for a while and then hike out and continue on with some more exotic traveling.

And secondly, Mary Adler (Paul's step-mother) has decided to trek into Base Camp later to be there when we make our summit bid. She's a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games so will stay in Melbourne until they are finished and then will head over around the 20th April. This will be a great support for both of us - and by then we might be needing it!!!

We're still doing lots of cycling as well as stepping up our strength training now that our departure date is looming. We're also planning for two more hiking trips before we leave - hopefully to do another section of the Alpine Walking Track and something else with Chris and Bridget. We plan to keep training solidly right up until we leave as with the flights and a few days in Kathmandu, we'll probably be doing very little for quite a while after we leave. Once we start the trek in, there will also be plenty of rest days scheduled to help us acclimatise to the diminishing levels of oxygen.

Thanks for visiting our website - we'll be updating again soon (although not every day as that would be a bit boring at the moment!)


Posted by: Sam Lawrence on February 14, 2006 11:51 AM AEST

Hi Guys,
My sister, Maddi Palser, suggested I have a look at your site. I am a keen hiker and skier and would love to do what you are about to attempt and have already done but the closest I will get is your website I'd say. I just wanted to offer you some encouragement and hope that the conditions go your way.

All the best,

Sam Lawrence

Posted by: Simon Morris on February 15, 2006 10:08 PM AEST

Paul, good to see things starting to progress here. Only one word of advice - get the right hiking boots! Wear two pairs just in case you forget the first set! And even then have a third spare in your pack! I watched you 'hobble' around the office last year and hope that it doesn't happen again. All the best Paul and Fiona, Jacqui, myself, Jasper and Homer will be keeping an eye on you.

Posted by: Jenny Macpherson on February 17, 2006 05:33 PM AEST

wow, great website! hope all those k's you put in along Beach Rd with the North Rd Bunch have helped...??! Can't wait to read all about your travels. Best of luck Fi & Paul! Cheers, Jen.

Posted by: Wenny Utomo on March 2, 2006 04:39 PM AEST

Hi Fiona,

Wenny here, read about you on the Sensis weekly e-bulletin. Good luck for both of you and Paul. Hope to hear that you make the summit.


Posted by: Roger Crawford on March 4, 2006 12:17 PM AEST

HI Fiona and Paul
What a great website, I was not aware of your climb and read a story on
then did a google and found your site.
I am writting from Sydney and similarily to you guys am a competitive cyclist and can be seen walking around my suburb with a very large backpac (I am off to Muztagata in China in July) my dog has never been so fit.
Your equipment list is usefull and I wondered if you may consider listing in more detail your equipment brand & model choices. Like you probably have, many people search the web for ideas on gear selection and comprehensive lists are hard to find, never mind the fact that quality gear is also hard to source in Australia!
I wonder if your journeys will entend to the remainder of the 7 summits?
Enjoy your Everest journey