Are you facing your own Everest?
Julie Smith captured this stunning photo from 28,000' of the shadow cast by Mt. Everest at 5am on 23 May 2006. She reached the summit two hours later. It was her third attempt on Everest in as many years. Fiona reached the summit a little more than half an hour after her at 7:50am. Photo Julie Smith
Hi, it's Paul here.
Not the usual kind of update, because I wanted to tell you about a new website that Fiona and I have been working on and are very excited about.
As most reading this will know, we were truly amazed by the level of interest people gave to this little website we built for our 2006 Mount Everest expedition. We got so much out of it and know that receiving your messages of encouragement played a significant role in keeping us motivated and focused for our climb.
We received some seriously inspiring messages. A few stand-outs were;
"I can't even begin to tell you how inspired I am by you both. Following your adventure has motivated me to get off my sofa and on the treadmill. I have done almost nothing since I had my first child 5 years ago. Now I am working to become more and more active…Thank you so much for posting this blog and the great pics. You have given me back a gift I thought I had lost forever - the great outdoors…"
"I am battling osteoarthritis and just trying to get motivated to change this downward spiral I feel on. Your motivation, stamina and strength encourages, inspires, and excites me. Thank you for sharing this...."
"Congratulations once again on such a fine effort! Our latest news is that we are expecting our first child this weekend. This is my Everest!!"
"I look forward to seeing your messages each day, and take some considerable inspiration from your fantastic efforts. I am climbing a mountain of my own these days so I will race you both to the top." (From a friend who is facing a serious illness.)
When we were back home and reflecting on our trip and re-reading your messages this kind of stuff just blew us away. We had never imagined that a website about our climb could have such an effect on people.
But many other people have inspirational stories
Whilst we were climbing we shared many of your messages with our fellow climbers and several of them asked if they could get a website like ours, but unfortunately this site was not easy to setup and update, even though we both have many years of IT experience.
So we started thinking if it would be possible to develop some technology that would allow other climbers to easily create their own interactive website. We also realized that this might not just be for mountaineers. We think it could be equally valuable for people facing all kinds of life Everests – both for the people facing the challenge and for others supporting them.
Enter the new website
And so, the idea behind “MyEverest.com” was born – and we’re pleased to say, it will be launched very soon. It will be a website that allows other people to easily create and update their own web pages, without needing any programming skills. For mountaineers and people where a computer is not practical it will support updating your site through a pda and satellite phone, using the same technology we used in our 2006 and 2004 expeditions.
It will be provided free of charge and will hopefully help other people achieve something that they thought impossible. For us, this is a non-commercial project that we see as a hobby – we’re passionate about making this technology as accessible as possible so that others can get the same benefits we received last year on Everest.
Do you have an Everest?
The purpose of sharing this with you before the website is ready to launch is to see if you or anyone you know would be interested in writing about their own “Everest” goal. It might be to learn a new skill, lose weight, climb a mountain, change jobs, start a business, finish some business, quit smoking, write a book, find a life partner, mend a relationship, buy a house, buy a block of houses, sail around the world, break a habit, achieve a physical challenge, build something, battle an illness, really anything. If you have already faced a big challenge, you might also like to share it in the form of a story. Either way, we’d be really keen to hear from you.
I’ll be using this new site for my 2007 attempt on Mount Everest this March and it would also be very useful for other climbers that would like an interactive website for the upcoming Himalayan mountaineering season. You would need to have a PDA and a satellite phone, but if you don’t have these, we can show you how to buy them second-hand, and after the expedition you can easily sell them, so your costs would be minimal. Of course, we’ll explain how to set everything up and get you updating your website.
Whatever the challenge, we believe that by regularly writing about your goal and receiving support and advice along the way, you’ll have a far greater chance of succeeding. So do you have an Everest challenge that you’d like to share with others?
We don’t know how this will all work out, if there are people out there who would like to write about their challenge using an expedition-type website, or whether other people would be interested in following their progress. There is only one way to find out…
If you want to know more about being part of MyEverest, please post a message below or send us an email.
PS - If you have any thoughts or comments on this idea, or suggestions on what makes a really great expedition website, please post a message below. We’d love to hear from you.
Posted by: Moraima on January 4, 2007 01:09 AM AEST
hello guys, i followed your whole expedition in 2006 and i'm eager to read some more of your experiences this year. for me Everest is just a dream since i don't even have a mountain close by, but like you say your Everest can be anything. (although, i would love to see Everest with my own eyes). I use that term as motivation for getting fit. I am an obssesed fan of Everest, and even though right now i don't have a MyEverest story i will definitely follow yours and others Everest quest. Keep up the good work and the motivation you share with all of us.
Posted by: Rose on January 4, 2007 01:22 AM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona
Ron Munro told me you were heading back up to Everest this year so I thought I'd check out your site. The new website sounds like a great idea, it is amazing how a community can exist out there when we all live so far apart.
Good luck with the attempt Paul. I will be following the journey closely. I would love to hike in to basecamp with Fiona but maybe have to do it another time, given family commitments.
When do you leave for Nepal?
Enjoy the last few months in warm sunny Melbourne. I'm in London now and forgot how cold and grey it can be!!
Posted by: Beth-Ohio USA on January 4, 2007 01:55 AM AEST
This is a great idea. I have told so many people about this site and I believe this year you will have more posting and viewing then 2006. The computer-interent opens so many doors for all kinds of folks-students-business. When I read your site today I immediately thought of 3-5 friends that are climbing their Mt. Everest! Good Luck Paul in your 2007 climb and Fiona at base camp. I so enjoy your wonderful web-site. Take care.......Beth USA-OHIO
Posted by: MC - Vancouver - Washington - USA on January 4, 2007 04:13 AM AEST
I think this web-site will be a great success. And as you stated, you will not know unless you try it. Most importantly, I believe this site will benefit many people trying to achieve a dream. MC
Posted by: Jo on January 4, 2007 05:31 AM AEST
LOVE the idea, you guys. It sounds amazing - I would certainly contribute to the effort. I am not a mountaineer but reading up on it is one of my top interests; I do Blog on my own and have always enjoyed writing as a serious hobby, so I can easily find a topic from my life (which is insane right now, truly) to add which might diversify your hope to make it accessible to those not literally climbing as well. Great job as always - can't wait to hear how your plans are coming Paul! Jo in WI, USA
Posted by: Anne Marshall on January 4, 2007 05:35 AM AEST
You have been the cause of many emotions as I've read your bulletins since their inception but this morning was something new: feelings of teary gratitude to know you have used your extraordinary talents to develop MyEverest.com which will compound the inspiration you have already unleashed in the world. The benefits of your gift will never be measured. Congratulations Paul & Fi.
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy, Apollo Bay Australia on January 4, 2007 07:30 AM AEST
We are so excited about your new web site. It's a lovely idea and a way to give back even more to your followers/supporters. In fact, EVERYTHING you do is exciting. Please let us know when it's launched. We logged on to it today and it looks like we have to wait until February.
Posted by: Tina Redmond on January 4, 2007 10:36 AM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona!
I am still following your amazing adventures and am still off my couch. Life is so different even my kids see the change. I am still using the treadmill and have also taken up Aikido. We are planning many hiking trips this year with our whole family. And I know just about anyone who knows me will be looking up your up coming adventures. Your new site sounds so incredible what a great way to share inspiration with others. Really what amazing people you are.
Posted by: Kade H on January 4, 2007 02:15 PM AEST
Just wanted to say to you Paul and Fiona that you have inspired me to get off the chair and seek some adventure - i climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Sept/Oct last year and certainly have got the "bug" to undertake new and higher mountains. Was inspired to climb Kili from your undertaking of Everest and think your new web site is an excellent idea ( i wish i had it on Kili - haha). All the best for your climb this year. Will read your reports with anticipation as same as last year. Wish you both the best. cheers kadeh ( south west victoria).
Posted by: Alan Arnette on January 4, 2007 02:51 PM AEST
Paul and Fi. Yes, we all have our Everest stories. Sons, daughters, wives, husbands and more. Life throws us twists that we *think* we cannot handle - but we do. Myeverest.com has the potential to help everyone share their story but, more importantly, inspire others to reach to their dreams. I am fond saying that you do not have to climb the highest mountains, dive the deepest seas or be a world-class triathalon to be a role model. You just have to be your best - a great Mom, an expert in Egyptian history, a passionate admirer of art - it really does not matter as long as to is important to you. I hope that you're site provides a forum for anyone with a passion to tell their story.
All my best,
Posted by: Fiona Adler on January 4, 2007 09:41 PM AEST
Thanks so much for all the messages - it's very encouraging to know that other people think this is a good idea and that we hadn't gone a bit stir crazy! (Well I'm sure some people do think that but then again, we've always had people saying we were crazy!) But seriously, we've already put considerable effort into this new site and we got a fair bit more to go so it's good to know that you think it will be worthwhile (in fact, Paul's just returned from a 3 hour training ride and is back into the coding again now).
I think Alan's message is very insightful - an Everest goal is really about being the best you that you can be (and possibly better than you thought). There are so many things that Everest represents to people - we spoke to someone a little while ago who said her Everest goal was to tame a horse so that disabled children could ride it.
Tina - I'm so glad that you're still out there living life (although a bit of couch time is ok!). I often think that we live life in spirals. Once you're in a downhill spiral it's very hard to turn things around. But once you do, it can create a whole lot of positive momentum in the other direction. It's great that you've made these changes for your kids sake as well.
Kade - congratulations on climbing Kilimanjaro. Sorry we didn't have this going at that stage but by the sounds of things there'll be lots more to come so next time...
Looking forward to hearing about others' Everest goals/challenges, Fiona
Posted by: Monette Roberto on January 5, 2007 12:25 AM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona,
The new site is such a great gift to give back to your followers and supporters. Following your amazing adventure became an important part of my life and to those in my family as well. We were sad when it all ended. So, to keep up our daily routine, why not continue giveing my children and grandchildren information that would help guide them through the many sides of life? I created an e-mail address for a "Nana Knows Newsletter". That started the ball rolling. I send information on health/fitness, cooking/eating healthy to science, history notes and book reviews. It's a wonderful way to exercise my mind and send loving thoughts back to my family. Fiona, your pictures were a visual icing on the cake. So, this year I plan to include personal photos in the "Newsletter".
I feel as though there are no boundaries for inspiration, and my dream to have an article or book published could some day be my "Everest".
Good luck with the new site and Paul, have a safe and successful journey.
Monette, Florida, USA
Posted by: John C, TN, USA on January 5, 2007 12:55 AM AEST
WOW, again you have exceeded expectations with development of the new site. I/we eagerly looked forward each day for your updates and news of your '06 Everest climb, gathering inspiration and envy with each post. For a fan of Everest, it was a bonus that you all provided us with your experiences. Now you share your technical skills for others to use, what a wonderful gift. You both are great ambassadors for the climbing industry and especially Everest. Thank you.
By the way, the hi-def pictures are fantastic. Thanks again.
Take care, John C.
Posted by: Aeronik on January 5, 2007 11:06 AM AEST
I also think it's a great idea!!! I had my own Everest 15 years ago when I quit using drugs (cocaïne)and alcohol. Now, I'm a fitness instructor and I do all kinds of sports. I went to Everest Base Camp last year (2006). Actually, we were probably following each other on the trail, because we got to EBC on april 3rd, 2006. This november (2006) I climbed Cotopaxi (5897 meters), in Ecuador and in october 2007, I'm in for another trip to Nepal to climb Mera Peak. It's not the same challenges as you guys, but when I think of where I come from those past years, I'm really proud. If you create that web site, I'll post my story in for sure, and I might also share my trip to Mera Peak with all of you guys, who knows???
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 5, 2007 12:01 PM AEST
What a great achievement. I don't know what other people think, but in my opinion that's just as impressive and inspiring (if not more so) than climbing Mt. Everest.
This is exactly what we are hoping hear about on MyEverest. It would be great if we could hear about your story before the site goes live, so that we can include it in the new site right away. I'll send you an email.
You would be very welcome to use MyEverest when you are climbing Mera peak too - it sounds like Mera peak would be an altitude record for you.
By the way, the site is nearly finished - we started working on it in June, soon after getting back from Everest. Almost all the functionality is complete - creating your own site and pages complete with menus, adding posts & pictures through the web or a laptop/pda and sat phone, allowing people to post messages and reply to them, setting up discussion forums and managing all your files. Right now we are working on the layout and testing, which should take us another month.
Posted by: Elizabeth on January 5, 2007 07:41 PM AEST
Hey, it's great to hear about the website. I'll look at it once it's set up. Your trip has been a real inspiration for me. Good luck in 2007.
Posted by: Phyllis Bennett on January 5, 2007 09:33 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona,
You really are the most exceptional people. Not just exceptionally multi-talented, tenacious and intelligent, you both know how to live life to the full. You share that experience with others, modestly but honestly understand how you have changed the lives of so many others AND have the generosity to put so much time and effort into a venture which will be an inspiration to so many.
I have my own Everest to climb. I was a high flying lawyer until an undiagnosed illness left me with brain damage, my personal life and career in ruins. I have gained so much life force from reading both your and your admirers' postings and look forward to sharing experiences on your new website.
Thank you so much, especially for showing a cynical lawyer that people can be heroic and inspirational.
Good luck in all your ventures in 2007,
Posted by: Torrey Croft on January 7, 2007 10:25 AM AEST
Hi, My name is Torrey Croft I'm 21 years old, and beginning to prepare to climb Everest. I was wondering what company did you end up using in your attempt(s) and which one would you recommend. Also what type of training do you think helped you out the most for your attempt? Thanks so much for your time in reading this and respond if you find a moment.
Posted by: Shanda on January 7, 2007 11:37 AM AEST
What a great idea! I already accomplished my life dream by making the trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar last April. (I was five days behind you on my trek and spotted you during your first foray into the icefall.) It may not seem like much, but for a 56-year-old asthmatic (and Everest junkie), this was truly "My Everest."
I followed your climb as soon as I returned to Kathmandu and the States, and am greatly anticipating Paul's coming summit bid. Best of luck to you both, and thanks for putting together a website that will be inspirational to many.
Shanda in Glencoe, California USA
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 7, 2007 01:04 PM AEST
Thanks for your message. It's really great to hear from people like you that have overcome a challenge and done something that many others might think wasn't possible. I bet people thought you were crazy!
Would you be interested in writing about your trek for the MyEverest site? We would like to have as many stories as possible up there when the site goes live in February. I'll send you an email to discuss further.
I am looking forward to climb, and I am particularly looking forward to writing on the site and posting pictures. Hopefully a couple of schools will follow our progress again this time too. It was great fun hearing from all the students.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 7, 2007 01:59 PM AEST
When are you thinking of climbing Everest?
I used IMG in 2006 and I wasn't happy with what I experienced, so this year I will be using a different company. I will most likely go with Asian Trekking, but it's not confirmed yet. I will be in a much better position to make a comparision after I return from Everest in June.
Regarding training. Everest was physically not quite as hard as what Fiona and I expected. However, this year I am training harder than I did last year. Why? Becasue I saw first hand how important it is to have good fitness when something goes wrong. My oxygen tank that should have had enough oxygen to go from the Balcony to the Summit and back again, ran out on my way up at the South Summit. I can't tell you how bad it was to suddenly loose oxygen. That's what is motivating me to train even harder this time round.
You need to work really hard on your aerobic capacity. Wear a heart rate monitor and get your heart rate and breathing intensity up high.
If you live near some hills, then the very best thing would be going up and down the hills with a loaded pack (about 15kg / 35 pounds of water, which you can empty at the top and then refill again at the bottom). If you did nothing else but 3 hours of this 5 times a week, you would be in excellent condition for the mountain.
Running and cycling are great too, but they are not going to be as specific as carrying a pack up a hill. However not many of us live close enough to a mountain that is suitable for this sort of training. We don't.
In 06 I did almost exclusively cycling and hiking for training. I did no running, weights or swimming. I was interested to see if it would work, and I think it did. I felt in pretty good shape relative to most other people. For more than a year we trained every day of the week, however some days were a light intensity. It was a total of 13 sessions of training per week 1.5 hours - 3 hours each. Between December 05 and mid March 06 we did two 8 day hikes and a 10 day hike through some mountains in our state. We did two bike races a week, which was great to compare ourselves against other people.
This year I am doing something reasonably similar, except I have added in some running (two 20km runs per week) and a longer ride (every Saturday I am doing a 200km ride, which takes me about 6 hours including one rest). I have also added a 1 hour interval training session (running) once a week to try to lift my anaerobic threshold. Although I must admit it feels a little strange to be doing sprints when in the midst of endurance training, I think the interval training is really worth it.
Posted by: Torrey on January 7, 2007 05:06 PM AEST
I'm not really sure yet when I will be climbing Everest. I want to be completely prepared for anything before I go. From information I have gotten, I have decided to climb Mt. Mckinley and maybe Mt. Vinson beforehand just to have some experience in acclimating. I live near a lot of steep hills so I will definately include that in my training. I am not very familiar with the interval training..Could you please explain more to me about your interval workout? Thanks!
All the best,
Posted by: Mary Adler on January 7, 2007 05:18 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona
I think your 'myeverest' site will be wonderful as so many people have climbed (or are climbing)their own everest.
Life sometimes deals out unfair blows (many of us have had them one way or another) but it is how you are able to react to those blows is what makes the difference.We look forward to reading and writing about our "everests" and will gain inspiration from how others have conquered their mountain.
I was so proud to have the opportunity to trek into Base Camp and be with you and Fiona last year- I was even prouder of the way you both handled the joys and the disappointment of your Everest attempt.
Mary (BC Mom) Adler
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 7, 2007 05:40 PM AEST
Thanks Mary for your message.
You might want to consider Aconcagua before Vinson - it's much cheaper, warmer and definately easier to get to.
Here is exactly what I do for my interval training. Fiona and I run at a very gentle pace to a local park, which takes us about 15 minutes and is a good warm up. You definately wouldn't want to run intervals without having warmed up properly. I then run 2 sets of 6 intervals each. Each interval involves me running a set distance as hard as I can. I have never measured the distance and it really doesn't matter too much - it's more about the time and keeping it consistent with each interval. Fiona times me and it usually takes 80 seconds. At first its reasonably easy to keep it under 80 seconds, but after the first few, I have to really work hard not to let the times slip.
After each 80 second sprint I have 40 seconds rest. My heart rate will go from about the 180 bpm mark to 140 bpm in that time frame. After 6 of these I have a 5 minute rest and then repeat it. Then we jog home. That's all I do on a Friday and its a nice easy session. It gets my heart rate up high, but most importantly I find that it makes me breathe very deep and hard, much harder than anything else that I do for training. It feels just like I am at altitude struggling for air......
Posted by: sonia on January 7, 2007 09:27 PM AEST
Your new website looks great and so many people have been encouraged and inspired by what you have done. Just now back in Oz and would love to catch up with both of you. My "Everest" story is a little long so I think I will have to do some editing before I give you the finished article. Good luck with your training and hope to see you soon.
Posted by: Damien Adler on January 7, 2007 10:30 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona,
The 'myeverest' website sounds great. When working towards goals we all have periods when we feel less motivated or experience some doubt creep into our thinking. Sharing the ups and downs with others would be a great way of staying on track. Also reading about other people's goals and achievements would be a great way of topping up on inspiration and motivation when we are running a little low of our own.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 7, 2007 10:46 PM AEST
Don't worry about long your story is. I am sure we would all love to read about it.
I am keen to catch up with you too. It's not every day you get to meet someone who comes from your home town, but lives in Kathmandu! I have some questions about items that are available in Kathmandu as I would like to buy a few more things over there this time to save on excess baggage costs.
Posted by: Torrey on January 8, 2007 05:27 AM AEST
Thanks so much for the information, you have really helped me come up with a plan to get ready. I am going to take your advice and go for Aconcagua rather than Vinson. I wish you luck and success in your future climbs and adventures!
All the best,
Posted by: Jillian Johnson on January 8, 2007 11:13 AM AEST
paul& fiona,Ifeel so very privildged to know you both ,you are both inspirational and daunting to me.Usually I read about people like you and wonder."oh yeh!...what are they really like?" But in knowing you I am inspired,by your commitment to keep striving and to be inclusive in all you do,you demonstrate such generosity of spirit towards everyone...amazing.The new site will be fantastic and another wonderful opportunity to share your journey and the journey of others along the individual paths to your Everest and the Everest we all face.Thank you both Jilli
Posted by: Kennette Hayter - Gainesville, Florida on January 9, 2007 11:22 PM AEST
Dear Paul and Fiona,
Spoke to Dena this am and she was telling me about your new website. I haven't read any of your postings since May but seems that the two of you have been quite busy as usual. I am so glad that you are trying again Paul. My best wishes for your success. I saw where you were looking into other outfitters. Ron Farb who founded the Climb for Cancer Foundation that I have been climbing for books all of his travels through Alpine Ascents. Our trip to Kili was through AA and they were fantastic. They have much smaller groups, everyone stays together keeping watch together and they usually have 100% of the climbers reach their goals. Ron would be a very good person to chat with about his experiences with AA. He just returned from the Equador Volcanoes with their group and is planning others for the upcoming year.
If you like his email, let me know and I can hook you up. He followed your site everyday while we were in the Himalayans and was very interested in the two of you. Let me know. Well hope you are having a great training session and good luck to you.
Posted by: GavinTurner on January 11, 2007 04:29 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona,
The MyEverest idea is a great one, well done! I would be interested in using it for my upcoming Denali climb, so I will certainly check out the site once it is up. I have also been thinking about getting a second-hand sat phone, one that can send photos. Can you offer any places I should begin looking?
I will be in Kathmandu from about mid-march to early May this year. I would love to meet with you Paul if you will be in town around then, prior to your climb. Let me know.
I think of you training for Everest while I am training for Denali---it helps me to stay focussed knowing you are going through the same battles.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 11, 2007 09:25 PM AEST
Hi Kennette, Great to hear from you and thanks for the feedback about Alpine Ascents. If money wasn't part of the equation, I would give them some serious consideration, but they are a bit expensive for me. Also on Everest I think that flexibility is very important and I just can't work out how a guided group could accommodate the needs of all the members, even if the client to guide ratio is small. In my case on Everest, I was so sick and if I was forced to fit into a group schedule then I might have felt pressure to go up the mountain when I wasn’t ready. As it happened I sat and waited at base camp for over two weeks doing nothing but trying to get better. By having a personal Sherpa, I knew that I could climb when I wanted to and this worked for me. It may not work for other people and it’s important to remember that a personal Sherpa isn’t the same as a qualified guide, so a lot of the big decisions are still really up to you. Regards, Paul.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 11, 2007 10:11 PM AEST
Just back from a ride though the nearby hills - it was a very hot evening tonight.
We'd love to have you use the system for Denali. If possible I'd like to get you onto the site ASAP - before it's launched as I am keen to have other people using and testing it. It's about two weeks away from when I could give you a tour.
About getting a Sat phone. As far as I know there are only two options for Denali; Globalstar and Iridium. Globalstar is a bit cheaper and the data throughput is faster, however only Iridium has 100% coverage across the world. If you wanted to be able to use the same phone in Antarctica, then Iridium is your only choice. We own a Thuraya which works only through Northern Africa, Europe and across to Asia. I believe that Globalstar doesn't work in Nepal. The resale value of a sat phone is very high, so you shouldn't loose anything if you buy and sell a second hand phone. We purchased a second hand sat phone for Mary last year and we actually made a profit on it even after her calls! We will buy another one for Fiona this year.
The sat phone doesn't send pictures, you do that through a computer or pda, connected to the sat phone. We can show you how to do this and it's quite straight forward. Once you get the hang of it, doing a post to your website complete with pictures is as easy as sending an email. You can practice with the pda connected to your computer.
A pda is more simple and reliable to use on expeditions than a computer. There are no moving parts for one, plus it’s a fraction of the weight. A pda can easily be picked up from ebay, but it's probably best to sort the phone and data kit out first and the pda later. The data kit is just the cable that goes from the phone to a computer or pda. When buying a pda you want to get one that supports the same memory cards as your camera, that way you just take the card out of the camera and put it in your pda to access all the photos.
If there is enough interest in the MyEverest site, one of my plans is to have equipment that can be loaned out to people for little or no fee. Our sat phone sits at home collecting dust most of the time, and I know that I would feel good knowing that someone was using it. It would be great to have a whole kit - sat phone, pda etc that can be lent out. Maybe other people might donate a sat phone or two in the future. The other idea that I have is that individual climbers might be able to get sponsors who would want to advertise on their sites or sponsor their updates and this would pay for their sat comms costs. We got a lot of people looking at our site - over 50,000 - and never approached anyone with a pure advertising proposition, but I would imagine that a trekking company or gear company could be interested.
Food for thought.
I am arriving in Kathmandu on March 30 - it would be great to catch up.
Posted by: Katie Little on January 15, 2007 09:43 PM AEST
Hi, I'm a 19 yr old female living in Aus and will be going over to Nepal in march 07. I am going to be trekking to Everest Base Camp with the tour group 'Gecko's Adventures' (also know as Peregrine tours). I was reading about your treks through there and was wandering if you could give me any tips? Such as the fitness level you think is appropriate? Also i know i need a down sleeping bag and jacket but could you recommend anything else at all? im quite a small build and get cold easily! Reading about your climb really has given me itchy feet to get over there!
Posted by: MC - Vancouver - Washington - USA on January 16, 2007 08:22 AM AEST
Here is a link by Fiona on recommended gear for a trek to Everest BC. It is very thorough and should be of great use to you. Paul and Fiona can give you info on a training program but I can tell you that cardio training is very important. Also, walking with a weighted down pack and possibly doing some overnight backpacking trips would also help you. Have a great time in Nepal! MC
Posted by: Pat Hickey on January 16, 2007 10:25 AM AEST
Great idea on the site. I will keep in touch prior to Mt. Everest as I was going to be challenged on how to communicate with friends/family. It helps that you have been there already ... hopefully I can help others after my trip too!
I'm challenged right now with buying boots ... quite pricey! Would love to wait until Kathmandu, but don't want to risk problems with availability of sizing! I'm looking at Millets or La Sportiva ... both about $800.00.
Have you decided on guide service yet?
I summitted Mt. Vinson over the Christmas break ... cold and beautiful!
I hope to be in Kathmandu around March 31-April 2.
Talk to you again soon.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 16, 2007 12:09 PM AEST
Great stuff on Vinson. Were you with a company or on your own? I would really like to climb Vinson - just being in Antarctica would be amazing.
It would be fantastic if you wanted create a site on MyEverest. You will get so much more out of the climb if you do. Let me know ASAP if are interested, because I would need to help you with getting some gear (unless you have a sat phone and pda already).
On buying boots. I wouldn't wait until Kathmandu to buy boots. On the mountain you see people with both Millet and La Sportiva boots, probably slightly more Millet. The other thing to watch for with these boots is fitting your crampons to them. They are so big, so you might need to get extension bars. I bought my Millet boots from cham3s when we were climbing in France and they were about 450 Euros if you live outside the EU. You can buy online from them too. Even with shipping this is a pretty good price.
I have decided on Asian Trekking based on what I saw last year and positive feedback from 4 clients who have made several trips with them.
Posted by: Scott Kress on January 17, 2007 12:19 AM AEST
This is a message for Pat.
Pat, I'm not sure what size boot you are looking for, but Mountain Tools has a great sale on the Millet boots right now. Sizing is limited. http://www.mtntools.com/cat/alpineice/boots/milleteverestboots.htm
Hope this helps, Scott.
Posted by: Joseph Acero on January 27, 2007 10:55 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona,
Outstanding idea for "MYEverest.com". I am sure it will be a huge success and incredibly inspirational.
Paul, have you made a logistics decision? Dasonam emailed me from Kathmandu this morning on another matter. He mentioned he was trying to line up Spring work. Anyhow, let me know if you want his email.
Good luck with the new site and, of course, with sorting out all those last minute details / decisions.
Posted by: penny mackenzie on January 28, 2007 02:40 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona
I am facing my own everest by facing a sudden neurological semi paralysis, in which i am now in rehabitation for. I am very happy to write about my experience with this in my own personal story.
Posted by: Aeronik on January 28, 2007 03:25 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona,
Just to let you know I sent my story along with some pictures of the trek to EBC. Let me know if you got it!
Posted by: MC - Vancouver - Washington - USA on January 28, 2007 06:26 PM AEST
The response to MyEverest.com has been so exciting. I can only imagine the possibilities that this site will bring. The positive inspirations and support will be tremendous! Thank you Paul and Fiona!
p.s. Good luck on Everest this spring, Paul.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 28, 2007 08:00 PM AEST
Hi Joseph & MC,
Just back from 4 days rock climbing at Mt. Arapiles (great sandstone rock climbing area near where we live).
Joseph, I have decided to go with Asian Trekking, so I think I have to take one of their Sherpas and won't be able to go with Dasona again. (I am pretty sure they have already assigned me a Sherpa, but I will find out more this week.)
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 28, 2007 08:13 PM AEST
Thank you so much for your message. It would be great if you would like to write your story on the site. It sounds like you have a story that would be of benefit to many others.
I am just back form rock climbing, but I'll be in touch with some more information tomorrow.
Posted by: Paul Adler on January 28, 2007 08:16 PM AEST
Got your message - thanks a lot for this. It's very inspiring stuff. Photos look great too.
Posted by: ben dunlap on January 30, 2007 10:43 AM AEST
thank you so much for the hard work and the best pics i have ever seen from the big E. it must be LOVE causing those big smiles. count your blessings guys! for taking the time, and hard work, i thank you both again. God speed. fight gravity, ok! ben
Posted by: John Mc on February 7, 2007 03:03 AM AEST
Hi, I really like your down to earth approach to all this, quite inspirational. Such a breath of fresh air. I have been trying to organise my own "everest" which isn't too far from yours. I am arranging to attend a course with the Nepal Mountaineering Association in August. I have a few questions if you've got a minute or two to help. What search & rescue insurance did you get, did you have a liability policy? I was also wondering if you had any issues with customs in Nepal, did you need an import licence for the gear. All the best. John.