Hi everyone – Fiona here,
I really can’t believe we’ve been back from Everest for over a month now – the weeks have just flown by. But at the same time, Everest already seems a lifetime ago. It’s amazing how quickly you can settle back into your normal habits and creature comforts.
Putting photos on the web site
Our insurance claim has now come through so I’ve finally had my laptop replaced – which makes it a lot easier to write an update, and more importantly to start organising our photos. So I’m pleased to say that we’ve now started to put more of our photos on the website. You can access these through the “Everest Photos” section on the menu.
Some other climbers have also given us permission to put their photos on our site, so these will be coming soon. We’re also happy to provide the high resolution versions if anyone is interested – I know a couple of people asked about these for screensavers etc while we were climbing.
The party we had was great fun. Thank you to all those that came along to help us celebrate – there were more people in our house than we have ever had before! It was great to way to conclude this Everest adventure that we’ve been working towards for so long. Having a party was something we’d been planning before we left – one of those things to think about and to keep us motivated when times got tough.
Since we’ve been back, we’ve been busy catching up with friends and family. Good friends of ours, Jacci and Luke, just got married and we had a fantastic time being part of their wedding.
Trying to keep fit!
We’re also trying not to get too lazy so have been out cycling again. However the second time I went for a ride I managed to have a fall. It’s ironic isn’t it – I get up and down Everest without incident and then back home, I go out for a ride and have a reasonably serious accident! Fortunately it was freezing so I had lots of layers of clothes on, and someone who saw the incident drove me home. But I did twist my knees badly and these were initially very painful but are now slowly healing. My bike was fairly mangled but has now been fixed up so I’ve been out for a couple of rides since then (but only with Paul – I’m still working up to going out with a bunch again!)
I’ve also been getting into Bikram Yoga – which I love. It’s a structured form of yoga done in a room heated to around 37 degrees Celsius (99F) to allow for deeper stretching. It’s nice to have more of a balance of different exercise types and it’s also amazing how much more enjoyable it is now that we’re not constantly exhausted from doing so much training.
What to do next? Everest again for Paul?
Otherwise, we’ve been spending a lot of time brainstorming for ideas on what we should do next. For the two years leading up to our Everest climb, our total focus was on our business and on climbing Everest, and we really hadn’t thought much beyond that. So now we find ourselves unsure of what to focus on next – and we do need an income relatively soon! It’s not a bad position to be in but it is a surprisingly unsettling feeling.
Paul’s also still thinking about whether to climb Everest again and if so, when to do it. On one hand it might be better to try again while he is still fit and doesn’t have to start back at square one, but on the other hand, it means another huge chunk of time where he’d have to be pretty much committed only to climbing. He’s planning to wait another couple of months before making a decision.
In the short-term though, we’ve decided to go away travelling – but this time with my parents. It’s not that we feel that we particularly need a holiday, but we’ve been talking about going away together for quite a while now and while we’re not caught up in a business and still relatively flexible with our time, we figure that now is a good time to go.
We’re heading over to see some of France, Spain and Portugal and then spend about a week coming home via the United States where we’ll visit Paul’s brother Tim and his wife Inna, as well as a few of the people we were climbing with. So with only a few weeks before we leave, we’re spending a bit of time organising accommodation and other things.
The web site
We have been so humbled and encouraged by the popularity of this website, we’ve been thinking about ways to keep this forum useful and up & running. I can’t begin to tell you how inspired we were by the comments that various readers have made and are starting to formulate some rough ideas about how this type of technology could be used to help other people – so stay tuned over the coming few months. We will be putting some more information up about our training, gear and retrospective thoughts about our overall preparedness. This might be useful for future climbers.
This week Chris and Bridget arrived home from their extended holiday. After leaving us in Nepal (where they got engaged) they went on to visit India, Norway, London, New York, Toronto and Hawaii – it sounds like an amazing trip. We’ve been making the most of seeing them in the last few days because they’re moving up to Sydney to live at the end of the week.
Hope everyone out there is doing well,