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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Glad to be back in Kathmandu!

Paul & Mary happy to be walking out to the plane at Lukla airport. Photo Fiona Adler.

Location: Kathmandu
Altitude: 1380m
Local Time: 6pm, 30th May
Weather: Mainly fine, 25C

Hi everyone, Paul here,
Very happy to be coming to you from downtown Kathmandu.

Will we or won't we go?
We woke at 5am again this morning to be ready for our scheduled "boarding time" of 6am. We were dismayed to find low clouds hovering around our lodge and the airport so needless to say, Dennis, Jim, Mary, Fiona & I settled in for more card games and breakfast. But after a couple of hours (with weather checks conducted every 10 minutes), we were elated to find that the clouds were actually lifting. By around 8:30 the first flights began to land.

Finally, at around 10am, our airline landed a flight and we were all able to scramble onboard.

Another Exhilarating Flight
Flying out of Lukla is an experience to behold. The short runway forces the pilots to gun the plane to its maximum speed, but at the end of the runway, the plane actually hasn't taken off and drops over the edge of the cliff. After a very scary drop, it miraculously catches itself and starts climbing. Phew! The rest of the flight was fairly uneventful. The air hostess handed out the cottonwool balls (for our ears) and a lolly to suck. About 30 minutes later, we were landed safely in Kathmandu - with all of our luggage.

A Real Shower!
We are staying at Hotel Tibet, located near the Thamel district. The showers here were just fantastic - so much better than we remembered. Really nice to have hot water that you can adjust the temperature, and where you don't have to worry about the bucket running out.

Wandering Thamel
We spent the afternoon wandering the Thamel district of Kathmandu - great shopping, with tons of gear shops to explore.

Getting Home from Here
Still organising our flights home, but it's looking like we are going to have to stay overnight in Bangkok on the way back.

We're off tonight to the Rumdoodle - a famous bar & restaurant where Everest climbers get their meals for free. Should be fun.



Posted by: Daryl, Melb, Vic, Aus on May 31, 2006 12:09 PM AEST

Hi Fi and Paul
good to hear from you. Not to sure about these plane trips though - sound like a more risky venture than the climb

Posted by: Liz James, Melbourne on May 31, 2006 12:13 PM AEST

Hey party animals, great photo from Lukla! And you must be feeling very warm and clean by now in Kathmandu. I'm a bit concerned though about you visiting the gear shops but maybe you are selling and not buying..... See you back in Oz soon. Liz.

Posted by: Dave Fearnley on May 31, 2006 12:29 PM AEST

Hi guys, I'm SOOO proud of you both. Can't stop talking about you to other people - yesterday the hairdresser copped it! Looking forward to having you home. Congratulations, enjoy Kathmandu, and have a safe journey home. Dave.

Posted by: Jo on May 31, 2006 01:14 PM AEST

Yay! Glad to hear you are there and moving towards home. Are you excited to get back? Is it sad to leave the place you've lived for 2.5 months? Hoping you three are feeling well!

Posted by: Eva on May 31, 2006 01:41 PM AEST

Hi Mary, Fiona a Paul- welcome in Kathmandu.The plane's take-off was a bit scary. It was almost like a hang-glider taking off from a cliff than a plane. After all the adventures you have this one is yet another step of bringing you back home.

Posted by: Kirk Benson on May 31, 2006 09:16 PM AEST

Glad to hear you escaped Lukla.

When I was there I watched quite a few planes take off, and all of them were airborn before the end of the runway, so I wonder if your feeling of dropping off the end was an illusion.

Posted by: Abe McCarthy on June 7, 2006 02:02 PM AEST

Hi Paul,

Well done - fantastic stuff. I saw you on television recently selling your wares. I had a chuckle.
Take care mate. I have friends who are mates with Tim and sounds like he has the magic touch too.
Abe (of Daylesford and now Elwood)