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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Rest day in Lobuche

Location: Lobuche
Altitude: 4930m
Local Time: 5pm Saturday 1st April
Weather: Cloudy -4C

Hi, it's Chris here. Last night we slept 14 hours from 7pm to 9am! We are glad of our good sleeping bags, because it was -2C in our room when we woke up. I am pleased to report that all four of us are feeling great at this new altitude. After breakfast Bridge and I went to Fiona and Paul's campsite where Paul was already off on a small adventure to the top of the ridge to see the Khumbu glacier. I convinced Fiona that we should do the same, so we set off on a 50m climb up a slope that was 80% snow, 20% rock. I'm sure it was easy for Fiona, but it was my most advanced bit of mountaineering in my life and I was a bit worried that we would go sliding down the slope to the rocks below. We made it to the top no problems, and the view of the glacier leading up to Base Camp was great. It looked like the ocean in a storm, with big ice waves that were covered in rocks.

After the small adventure we dedicated the rest of the day to acclimatising, which is really just an excuse to do nothing, so we played a lot of 500 (card game), which by the way Bridget and I are winning 4 games to 2.

More acclimitising activities
Bridget here. As I write, it has just started snowing!! While we have walked through some snow the last day or so, this is the first time we have seen the white stuff fall from the sky - quite exciting, at least for Chris and I who don't have to walk back to a tent soon!

However, back to other things we do on our rest days. We all love watching yaks. There is quite a few of them "parked" outside at the moment. They are really placid animals. They all wear bells around their necks, and we've become used to the background jangling of the bells. It's a nice sound on rest days and a critical warning on walking days to get out of the way of an oncoming "yak attack". Lots of the yaks also have coloured earrings and other decorations. Our lodges are also heated by yak dung fires. All the lodges have big piles of dried yak dung, which is then fed into a pot belly style fire. So far we haven't noticed any bad smell from this!

Next few days
Chris and I have accommodation at Base Camp with Paul and Fiona's expedition from April 6th. So we've got a couple more rest days coming up. Paul and Fiona are off to Gorak Shep tomorrow and then Base Camp the following day. We will hopefully meet them at Gorak Shep on the 4th to climb Kala Pattar - a small mountain with awesome views of Everest. From the 6th we'll have a few more days together of chocolate, cards and books! This trekking business certainly has lots of down time!

Look forward to catching up on all your messages in a few days time,

Chris and Bridget

(Site Admin: Sorry we are still working on the photos glitch. Hopefully tomorrow...)


Posted by: John Kellner on April 2, 2006 01:43 AM AEST

HI I'm Dennis Kellner's father. If you see him tell him I'm with him in spirit and send lot's of love.

Posted by: MC on April 2, 2006 05:49 AM AEST

Hello again
It is wonderful that you are all feeling great at your new altitude. That is good news!
I love that you mentioned the yaks. I am somewhat obsessed with them and have been since I was quite young. I have yet to see one in the flesh...although I hope to one day in the future. I have a desire to climb Everest but if I do not, then I will trek through the Himalayans.
Thank you from my heart for all the fantastic updates. It is a thrill to be following this amazing journey.

Posted by: MC (cont.) on April 2, 2006 07:55 AM AEST

Just out of the shower...I've finished verse 2 of a song I am writing for Fi and Paul. I wrote the chorus and verse 1 in yesterday's shower. I would like to post the words if you think it would be appropriate. I'll wait to write verse 3 and maybe an interlude as you continue your journey.
p.s. I am hoping that Fiona's Dad will be posting his poem. I for one would love to read it.

Posted by: jan laing on April 2, 2006 08:41 AM AEST

Looking forward to the poem MC but please, no photos! All this talk about showers - could be a message in there for you Paul.
So glad to hear you're all having such a wonderful time.
Jan Laing

Posted by: Dad H on April 2, 2006 10:46 AM AEST

Thought you'd be interested to know there were snow flurries on Mt Hotham yesterday. Obviously that's no comparison to Lobuche but it's something!! The poem is coming along but I must say not much of it was done in the shower.
Love, Dad

Posted by: M&J on April 2, 2006 02:15 PM AEST

Hi P&F
We have been away for the last few days and I have done some good walks.We stayed in the van& it was great.Our last night was Q'cliffe and we had our FABULOUS dinner at Vue Grande.We toasted you!!! A great dinner thanks.
It will not send without name and email address.
lol Mare and Dad

Posted by: Rose on April 2, 2006 06:20 PM AEST

Hi Paul and Fiona
I am watching your adventure with great interest. I've got all the neighbourhood kids interested and they always want an update.
Good luck with the last two days trek into basecamp.
Rose etc

Posted by: Sandy and John McCarthy on April 5, 2006 02:18 PM AEST

Seeing Dad's poem is not being written in the shower , if it is lousy, can we say it stinks?

Just a philosphical concept to ponder on rest days!
We are with you all the way, and feel priviledged to be sharing this amazing event.
Remember to put on all snow gear as I don't really want to know how long it would take to fr.... (that "F" word)!
Love and warm thoughts
Sandy and John