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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Uphill to Namche

Fiona and Chris half way up the steep climb to Namche.

Location: Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3450m
Local Time: 21:00
Weather: 13C, Cloudy

Hi, Its Paul coming in from Namche Bazaar.

Today was a big day for everyone, climbing up about 900m from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. So far the group is all coping well, with a couple of people finding it tough going, but everyone arriving at Namche by the end of the day. Chris and Bridge are in a lovely lodge called Camp Debase and we are enjoying their restaurant to write this update. Thanks for all your messages - we are getting them loud and clear and having great fun reading them.

Walk to Namche
We left Phakding this morning at about 7:30am after a good night in our tents - we slept solidly for about 10 hours. On the route today there were lots of yak trains, which consist of about 7-12 yaks, and a herder who keeps them moving along. They hog up much of the trail with their wide loads, and its really important to pass them on the uphill side of the path, in case you get knocked over. On one occasion we had crossed about three quarters of a very long, but narrow suspension bridge, and then a yak train came onto the bridge, and we had to turn around and go to all the way to the start again, as their simply wasn’t room for us and them.

After lunch, which was had on the rocks by the river, we climbed very steeply uphill, along a track which zig zagged along a ridge. The sun was quite hot on our backs, and we were feeling the effects of altitude. After a rest and a Gu gel, the four of us felt better and made our way up to Namche, which suddenly appears in front of you when you least expect it. We are camped at the top of the village about 3 meters from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed here in November.

Sherpa Meeting
At 16:00 this afternoon we met our Sherpas. They are a very impressive looking group, with many years of experience between them. We also got to meet Mingma and Dasona who are the sherpas who are going to be climbing with us. They are heading directly into basecamp tomorrow, so we will see them again in a bit over a weeks time.

We have two days rest at Namche, so we are going to explore the town, and I intend to research all the bakeries, to find out the best one! Apparently there are three. Tomorrow is also market day so that should be a sight to see.



Posted by: scott beatty on March 25, 2006 02:36 AM AEST

As I mentioned a few days ago my kids find this so cool to be able go along ,so to speak, with you guys in your adventure. Katelyn was wondering if it would be alright to share your quest with her class mates. I think this may have opened Pandoria's box I can see hicking boots,tents,sleeping bag etc, in her furture. Thanks scott

Posted by: Tim on March 25, 2006 03:46 AM AEST

Something appears wrong with this picture - ok I know what it is - Fiona is carrying a big heavy pack and Chris looks like he is on a Sunday picnic, with the gentlemen in the background carrying all of his gear. Tim.

Posted by: Mary Clare on March 25, 2006 05:27 AM AEST

One of my favorite sayings is "the journey is the destination". The four of you bring complete truth to this statement. And your journey has only just begun! You have worked so hard for this and I wish you good luck, good health and an overall great time!
p.s. I have to agree with Tim regarding Fiona looking like "the stud"!

Posted by: Dad on March 25, 2006 08:11 AM AEST

Following on with Tim's comments about the size of the load being carried by the sherpa ... what weight would they be carrying? Dad.

Posted by: Brad on March 25, 2006 08:44 AM AEST

Hi Guys, looks like you are having a good time. Gaz have you found the Cas in Namche yet? I hear they play a lot of Texas Hold'em up there.

Posted by: Valerie on March 25, 2006 09:40 AM AEST

Let the games begin!!! Good climbing.

Posted by: damian, amber, jon on March 25, 2006 10:16 AM AEST

Hi from Jon, Amber and Damian,
looks like fun. Like the marshmellow picture! Enjoy the holiday. Hope your feet are ok fid. Looking forward to more reading and pictures.

Posted by: Mum & Dad H on March 25, 2006 10:32 AM AEST

Hi Fiona & Paul,
Another stage done.. enjoy the break - and bread - at Namche. Poem is in progress but might be too big for posting here!

Posted by: Daryl on March 25, 2006 06:55 PM AEST

I'm not sure why you dont just get a Sherpa to carry you up the hill.

Posted by: Jan on March 25, 2006 08:57 PM AEST

Ignore them all, Chris, I know you'd temporarily taken your backpack off to reapply your sunscreen.

Lots a luv from the 30+ mafia