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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Relaxing in Pheriche

Paul reading in the dining room of our lodge. Photo by Fiona Adler

Location: Pheriche
Altitude: 4243m
Local Time: 6pm, April 11
Weather: Fine during the day, lightly snowing now -2C

Hi its Paul here. Today was spent relaxing in Pheriche, while Chris and Bridget left for Namche.

This morning we celebrated Chris' 31st Birthday at the lodge, before they headed off for the 7 hour hike to Namche. We are sad to see them go as it's been great fun having them along for the journey so far and sharing lots of experiences. They are off to India, Europe, New York, Hawaii and then home.

Lodge Life
We spent today relaxing in our lodge, alternating between the sunroom and the dining room. Both Fiona and I got through a book each. Our room was typical of most lodges - two beds against opposite walls, with the door opening between. Your bags are placed between the beds, as there is not much room anywhere else. The dining room is the mainstay of any lodge and this one is heated by a central pot belly stove, so it's nice and warm compared with the bedrooms. This dining room has windows on 3 sides, with great views of Ama Dablam. Going almost all the way around the dining room is a cushioned bench seat covered by an elaborate tibetan rug. There are many tables in the room and in the evenings its pretty busy with about 30 people. During the day we tried the sunroom, but it quickly got too hot for us, so most of the day was spent in the dining room.

Yesterday we had a shower, but we say that the shower at base camp is better than the one here. There was no head on the shower, so the water just came out in a single stream like from a hose.

We are just about to order dinner - most likely a vegetarian curry and vegetarian momos (a dumpling served steamed or fried). These are delicious and a real favourite. We don't eat meat outside of that served by IMG, as we are concerned about getting sick.

Our plan tomorrow is to head back up to Lobuje and then head back to base camp the day after. Hopefully the route through the icefall will be complete by then and we can move up after a day's rest.

Paul Adler.

Your Messages
Thanks MC for your song - we loved it.
Thanks for everyone's concern about my throat. It's still sore, but is definately getting better and the infection hasn't spread to any other parts of my body, which I am very glad about.

We have heard that the icafall doctors were not in the area of the avalanche when it occurred a few days ago. Sorry for not mentioning this earlier.

QECVI students - we will ask about the Sherpa names and about Mingma when we see him in a few days.

Jeff Martin - Will pass on your best wishes to Jack Gerstein - he is a really funny guy to be around and everyone is enjoying his company!


Posted by: MC on April 11, 2006 04:14 AM AEST

Hi Paul and Fiona
Paul, great news that your throat is getting better and that the infection has not spread. Hopefully it will go away completely and SOON! Your smile in the above photo speaks must have been a very nice "relaxing day". The dining room of the lodge sounds like the perfect place to read a good book.
Very good news that the icefall doctors were not in the area of the avalanche. Thank's for letting us know.
Cheers - MC

Posted by: Jon on April 11, 2006 05:23 AM AEST

Namaste from New Mexico

I have been catching up reading your daily e-mails. What an exciting trip for the both of you. Your daily descriptions of your trip bring back alot of memories of my trekking trip to Gokyo. I often tell my wife that we are going to retire in Khumjung so that I can see Ama Dablam every morning when I wake up. It has to be the most beautiful peak in the world. Good luck and may Chumolungma be with you. - Jon

Posted by: jan laing on April 11, 2006 09:09 AM AEST

I've been away for a few days and when I came back, had to put aside half a day to catch up on the 'everest news'! I'm a bit nervous about going away this week and for Easter......I'll need a week when I get back!! Seriously tho' I love reading your newsy updates and have passed your website on to lots of others for their enjoyment. Thanks MC for the song, and thanks too for no photos!
Good Luck to you both and remember the saying about not walking under ladders. (Just kidding)jan laing

Posted by: James on April 11, 2006 01:10 PM AEST

Hi Paul and Fiona

As a Sensis employee it has been great following your super adventure. I am sure there are many people that you both may not know that are supporting your trip. Just a wish for you both in an amazing adventure and may all the success and good weather be with you both.
Regardless of the outcome, the journey is where the memories will be.
All the best

Posted by: Bev & Artur Dittmann on April 11, 2006 10:06 PM AEST

Fiona - your Dad plays tennis at our place every Tuesday night and I taught with Marg at AMES BOX HILL and we are just gobsmacked at what you're doing - admire you both although have never met either of you.

Good wishes and remember ( as well you know ) that your parents care so much about you and , I feel, will be sooooooo relieved when you've DONE it!

What is the turn-on apart from conqueringthe most famous mtn - admire you- Bev and Artur ( OH! great website )