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.

Our current projects are and

« What Climbing Everest is Really Like | Home | Paul's Attempt on Everest 2.15 a.m. »

Paul to make a second summit attempt

We have received confirmation from Fiona that Paul has departed South Col to make a second summit attempt.

A recent email from Eric Simonson of IMG provides more information:

Dear Friends,
9:35pm Nepal time
Here we go again!
Jangbu reports that Dan, Jim, Pemba Dorje & Tashi Tshering left South Col at 9:20 and that Paul and Tashi Dorje are getting ready to head out a few minutes behind them. The new weather forecast is for “more of the same” which is good news. We don’t expect to hear from them until they get to the Balcony in 4-5 hours. We’ll keep you posted!

We will continue to post updates as we receive them. Best of luck to Paul as he embarks upon this incredibly difficult endeavour.

Tim Adler.


Posted by: DAD A. Melbourne on May 24, 2006 06:11 AM AEST

Unbelievable update, lets all get of our positive thoughts and wishes and focus them to him. He will need it to handle "his unfinished business"
One very proud (and nervous) Dad

Posted by: Jonathan on May 24, 2006 06:16 AM AEST

Very suprising and very exciting of luck!

Posted by: Chuck, Connecticut, USA on May 24, 2006 06:21 AM AEST

safe passage Paul

Posted by: Ray in Pa. USA on May 24, 2006 06:26 AM AEST

Safe summit and return. Paul has nothing to prove now to anyone exept himself. If you can do it great. If not then you have allready done way more than anyone sitting in a warm house with a full belly can possibly understand. Gods speed.

Posted by: Laura & Jeff - Fla. Keys, USA on May 24, 2006 06:28 AM AEST

What wonderful news that Paul is making a second attempt at the summit. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. And of course to Fiona,our congratulations...way to go!!
Laura & Jeff

Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 24, 2006 06:32 AM AEST

This is such great news, just what I was hoping to hear. Get right back at it after the disappointment of last night. Paul's obviously still feeling strong, to give it another go with probably very little sleep.
They should be about 4 hours into the climb, should be approaching The Balcony, we should get an update from there.
Dad A: you should be very proud! I'm praying for God's strength and protective hand on Paul these next hours.
Go Paul! Go Jim and Dan as well!
You can do it.

Blessings to you all,
Mark R

Posted by: Alan on May 24, 2006 06:33 AM AEST

truly admirable Paul. Be smart, climb fast and climb safe.

Posted by: Steve & Paula Dansker-MD USA on May 24, 2006 06:34 AM AEST

Dear Paula & Fiona,

We are speechless! Also got chills & everything. What a great development. Paul, we are sending all of the positive vibes that the human race can. We even built a small Everest mock-up, with a Paul doll on top. This is even more inspiring than if you made it the first time. What a movie this'll make! The Da Vinci Code doesn't have anything on you: you 2 are truly the masters!

Most love & good wishes,

Steve & Paula Dansker

Posted by: Sally Caraher (Invercargill, NZ) on May 24, 2006 06:43 AM AEST

Wishing you a very safe journey Paul on your second attempt to reach the top of the world. You and Fiona are amazing! I'm having trouble concentrating on work - too busy waiting for the next update....

Posted by: Jo on May 24, 2006 06:46 AM AEST

I am sending you continued strength and prayers and hoping that he is able to do it - here's gearing up for Round #2 - prayers to everyone involved. Mary, how are you holding up?

Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 24, 2006 06:51 AM AEST

Yeah Paul!!!
Secretly, I knew you would be going back up for a 2nd attempt. You strike me as someone who does not give up easily. We are all behind you and as luck would have it, so are the weather gods! Great news! Climb strong and get back down safely. MC

Posted by: Catherine Rolph (England) on May 24, 2006 06:52 AM AEST

Good luck Paul on your summit attempt. Have a safe climb

Posted by: Donavan on May 24, 2006 07:07 AM AEST

How incredibly exciting that Paul gets a second chance at the summit! Good news that the weather is holding...

Still holding good thoughts...!


Posted by: Mark & Fi - USA on May 24, 2006 07:12 AM AEST

Go Paul! Another sleepless night for us over here with the blackberry at hand!!! Cant wait to hear the updates! Very exciting!
Fi & Mark. xoxoxo

Posted by: Jim C. on May 24, 2006 07:30 AM AEST

This time its a go. Best of luck and safe climb. The summit is yours.

Posted by: Jacqueline Melb Aust on May 24, 2006 07:33 AM AEST

Go Paulie!! "a 2nd attempt" was my 1st thought when I heard you had to retreat and I hoped you'd get an opportunity to. Good luck, climb well and we wait for news anxiously. All my thoughts, jacqueline

Posted by: Jacqueline on May 24, 2006 07:37 AM AEST

Fiona, I can't even believe it was you going through what you've described - surely you're too practical for all of that!! And one photo will be more than any of us will ever have. Very proud, Jacqueline

Posted by: Phil - Sydney on May 24, 2006 07:42 AM AEST

An awesome update Fiona, one I was really waiting to read after the vividness of your previous reports. Absolutely amazing and really makes me feel like I was in your back pack - all the way up. After following summit attempts for years this has been the best and most incredible.
Paul, all the best for your attempt today. If the strength and wishes of your followers are an indication you'll have no problems this time. Good luck and God speed and take care of you.
To all those who helped bring the story, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Will follow again today with hope and excitement.
Phil M

Posted by: Judy and Max _ Darwin OZ on May 24, 2006 07:44 AM AEST

This is so fantastic. we are so so behind you 100%. May the force be with you
Max and Judy

Posted by: Lesley & John Bailey on May 24, 2006 07:47 AM AEST

Dear Adlers,,

What a wonwerful account of her climb from Fiona! We are awed by Paul's persitence and courage. Our thoughts and emotions are with you. May good fortune be with you, and the thoughts and hopes of all of us following your adventure bear you up and bring you down safely.

Lesley and John Bailey

Posted by: Jean-Pierre Genton from Paris on May 24, 2006 07:52 AM AEST

Yes Paul, it's your day now.

Posted by: Bill Sims on May 24, 2006 07:55 AM AEST

Fi - what an awesome account of your summit. Thank you. Good luck Paul...I'm not sure its wise...but you gotta do what you gotta do. Godspeed.

Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 24, 2006 07:56 AM AEST

We are all willing you up the mountain, Paul. Making it or not, you are a true hero in our eyes. And, Phil (Sydney), I'm sure Fiona felt like she had you in her backpack for the duration of her climb, along with another dozen or so very heavy people. I can see it's going to be another day of checking the computer every 5 minutes or so for updates. We can't wait to hear of the Adler family, be they ascending or descending. Please be safe.

Posted by: Em & Marc (Switzerland) on May 24, 2006 07:57 AM AEST

Hi Paul & Fi,
We have just checked the update- we are in total awe and admiration of you both! Well done Fi- what a fantastic effort. Paul - we wish you all the best for tonight - an inspirational decision.
Love Em & Marc

Posted by: Anne Marshall on May 24, 2006 08:04 AM AEST

Paul, what wonderful news that it is possible to do your climb after all! We cherish the hope (and belief) that all will be well this time. Much love, Anne and Ronnie, Melbourne. xx

Posted by: Deb, Ned, and Holly Jordan on May 24, 2006 08:08 AM AEST

I wrote a paragraph ... and then wiped it out. You're able, you're going and that's it - now we wait to hear you've done it!

Posted by: Jody & Stuart Cray, Melbourne, Australia on May 24, 2006 08:47 AM AEST

Paul... Beck has told me many many great things about you, your past climbs and preperation. I knew you'd give the summit a 2nd try if you could. Our thoughts are with you, and we have everything crossed. Best of luck - we know you wont let it out of your grasp this time!
Jody & Stu

Posted by: Mark B., Melbourne, Australia on May 24, 2006 09:04 AM AEST

Go Paul ! I thought you would have another go. Wishing you strong and safe climbing.

Posted by: Ron Hilton on May 24, 2006 09:30 AM AEST

Good! I was hoping you would have the energy and supplies (Os) to do another attempt. Go! Ron Hilton Evergreen, CO

Posted by: Rosemary & Dave Abbott (Gippsland Lakes, Australia) on May 24, 2006 10:45 AM AEST

Why doesn't this surprise me! All the best Paul and what a wonderful description Fiona - you need to write a book as I almost felt I was in your footsteps the way you described the final climb. I was thinking about you two in the tent, what difficult and mixed emotions you must have felt, far more difficult to deal with than climbing Everest. What a lot you two must be learning about yourselves and your relationship. Fantastic achievements guys - Rosemary & Dave

Posted by: Patrick Hickey on May 24, 2006 10:48 AM AEST

One step at a time ... you can do it Paul!
Columbia, SC USA

Posted by: Katrina Cuskelly on May 24, 2006 11:09 AM AEST

Fiona, I'm pinching myself at the realisation that you have accomplished such an incredible dream. It's a special and very personal feeling to actualise your dreams no matter how wild they are. Congratulations! Paul boy o boy you sure do have some bad luck, however you can take much out of this experience espcially your health and your good wife - there will be other opportunities and you will only grow from this. Much love and special thoughts Katrina & the Cuskelly family.

Posted by: Vic Check on May 24, 2006 11:52 AM AEST

your one tough young man. you'll get it done... I'm sure of that!!!Tanks for all the updates Mary! Vic...

Posted by: Daryl, Melbourne Victoria, Australia on May 24, 2006 02:34 PM AEST

Paul - Not that you need inspiration or motivation, but just a reminder of the thoughts on "strength" that we shared a couple of years ago. STRENGTH: willing yourself where others wont, and doing the things that others dont, to achieve the things that others cant. All the best mate. I've no doubt that your self belief and determination will see you through. DJ

Posted by: Susan Bach on May 24, 2006 06:15 PM AEST

A valiant effort and worthy of congratulations to both Fiona and Paul. You have been upper most in my thoughts and I wish you both a safe return. Love SEB xx

Posted by: Annette Dunphy on May 26, 2006 11:10 AM AEST

Dear Mary, Fiona and Paul What a journey. Congratulations to 3 of you for showing such strength and courage. I will miss the daily updates- it was the best thing to access emails every day and read the marvellous stories. I have learned so much. I'm glad it's over safely- it was like reading a thriller story that was a bit frightening and so you wanted to hurry to the end. Safe journey home. Love AD

Posted by: Jenny Ward on May 26, 2006 02:07 PM AEST

What an achievement for you both! Fiona, we are so thrilled that the talented art student from year 12 has followed a dream and Paul you have excelled. The College would delight in you speaking at assembly and Fiona -if you could be our guest at Valedictory Dinner - it would be inspirational. Also the Sportimg hall of Fame -2007?? Congratulations
Jenny Ward