Great night out in Kathmandu
Fiona signs her name on the Rumdoodle signature board for Everest summiteers. Photo Paul Adler.
Local Time: 9:30am, May 31
Weather: Overcast & humid
Hi it's Paul here.
We had a great night out in Kathmandu yesterday, visiting the Rumdoodle restaurant. This is a place made famous by its impressive collection of signatures of Everest summiteers, going back as far as Edmund Hillary.
Fiona, Dennis & Jim added their signatures to the list of climbers who have summited Everest, and handed over two passport photos to became members of the Rumdoodle club. This entitles them to free food for life at the restaurant. We made good use of this perk last night!
Meeting other climbers
We met lots of other climbers there, and sitting on the rooftop in the cool evening air, reminisced over stories of everyone's trip. It seemed that almost all the climbers in Kathmandu were here. It was great to meet climbers from the North side too, and hear their stories. They had it a bit more luxurious than us, as they can get vehicles to base camp, and yaks to the equivalent of our camp 2.
Still waiting for confirmation of flights home - if we are going to get the flight today we need to leave for the airport in about 1 hour!
All packed and ready to go,
Posted by: Justine, Melbourne on May 31, 2006 03:32 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fi. Thought I'd leave one final message. So sad that it is all over and soon I won't have the daily updates to read. Melbourne is sunny and chilly at the moment so I'm sure you'll feel right at home. Look forward with catching up with you Fiona when you return to MBS to study. Thanks for the wonderful adventure that I've shared with you both. I already have an vague plan forming in my head about a trip to the Himalayas when my son is old enough. Cheers, Justine
Posted by: Lindy Morris on May 31, 2006 03:57 PM AEST
Congtratulations to both of on your great efforts, I 've kept up to date the whole trip ..fantastic!! You are at Rumdoodle over there. If you would like to visit Kangadoodle or Doodlebug with your dog please email me. Have a look at www.kangadoodle.com or www.doodlebug.com.au
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 31, 2006 05:47 PM AEST
Fiona, you look extremely happy signing the wall at the Rumdoodle restaurant. Did you leave a space next to your name in case Paul comes back to Everest one day?
Well, I will leave you with a quote as you are heading back home to all your loved ones (you had to know I would sign off with a quote!!!) MC
"There are times when people will touch our lives just for a fleeting moment and yet their impact will last a lifetime." mc
Posted by: MC (cont.) on May 31, 2006 05:50 PM AEST
It's also nice to know that Dennis and Jim signed their names on the wall...way to go gentlemen! MC
Posted by: Liz - Upper Montclair, NJ USA on May 31, 2006 09:43 PM AEST
Good going Fiona! I was hoping to see a photo of you signing the wall at the Rumdoodle!! Had REALLY wanted to myself, but still might. Will have to return one day when my daughter is old enough (given she'd want to attempt it with my husband and I !!) and give it a shot again then!!
Have a safe trip home. Going to really miss your daily dispatches.
Posted by: Jo, WI, USA on May 31, 2006 11:46 PM AEST
Safe travels you three!
Posted by: Anuj Purwar on June 20, 2006 10:43 AM AEST
I am just a stranger who googled for "oxygen at altitude" and stumbled across your website. I live in Santa Fe, USA and love to climb, though nothing compared to you guys. I just climb local hills maybe 4200 m high. Great website, makes me want to climb Mt. Everest myself!
Posted by: Fred Wiesmayr on July 11, 2006 07:17 PM AEST
Congratulations on your extraordinary achievements
to you Fiona, and you Paul and of course you Mary.
Thanks for giving me the web page.
From Mary and John,s neighbours.
Greetings with respect and the Lord's blessing.
Janet & Fred.