Paul Adler spent his
childhood in various locations including Caloundra (in Queensland), Cygnet
(west of Hobart), Daylesford and Brighton. Most of his secondary schooling was
at St. Leonard’s College in Brighton where he gained a taste for a variety of
outdoor activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, rock-climbing,
sailing and canoeing. During summers, Paul set up a small business painting
the Brighton Beach bathing boxes.
Fiona Harrington grew up in
Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Heathmont. She attended school at Ringwood
Secondary College (formerly Ringwood High School). Her hobbies included music
(playing piano and saxophone in various school bands), art and a very active
social life - funded by her part-time work at the local McDonalds. She was a
reasonable swimmer and played social netball but was never a particularly
sporty person. In fact, she was someone quite likely to find an excuse for
skipping PE classes! A few things have changed since then
Fiona and Paul met during the
first year of university – both studying Engineering at The University of
Melbourne. Although they had quite different interests outside of their
studies, they quickly formed a close bond. It wasn’t too long before Paul
introduced Fi to the world of hiking – something she took to like a duck to
Around this time, Paul
decided that he'd like to try mountaineering and booked himself into a course
in New Zealand. Here he gained his first mountaineering experiences and
learnt about the technical aspects like crevasse rescue techniques,
self-arresting (using an ice-axe to stop yourself when falling), glacier
travel, and ice-climbing. Despite the fact that bad weather prevented a climb
up Mount Cook, the exhaustion of long-days at altitude, and even seeing
another party swept away by an avalanche (luckily everyone was ok), Paul was
hooked. Fi joined him at the end of this trip for some hiking and traveling.
Not long after they met, Paul
and Fiona moved in to a shared rental house close to university – where the
rent was cheap but they battled with ceilings literally falling down around
their ears, some dodgy housemates, no heating whatsoever, and even a rat in
They studied together and
both worked in different Pizza Haven shops, saving to purchase their first
house. After 2 years of engineering, Fiona decided to change her study
direction and switched courses to study Marketing at RMIT. She later worked
at a small firm as a marketing coordinator, and then at Accenture (formerly
Andersen Consulting) as a business strategy consultant. After going their
separate ways with study and work, from 2000 to 2005 Paul and Fiona worked
together, managing Invizage Technology – the I.T. services firm Paul and Brad
Bond founded in 1996.
During this time they squeezed in as much travel as
possible, visiting Nepal, South America, Africa, Canada and the US,
Kazakhstan, Thailand, some Pacific Islands and parts of Europe. Much of this
travel was based around mountain climbs –
see previous climbing trips for
more details on some of these.
Fiona also began studying her
MBA with Melbourne Business School - she is still studying part-time now
(approximately two thirds completed).
In January 2005, Fi and Paul
were married in a winery on the Mornington Peninsula.
Given that a huge phase in
their lives had come to an end (running Invizage), Paul and Fiona realised
that without business or family commitments, they now had an unique
opportunity to attempt to climb Mount Everest in the 2006 climbing season.
This had been a "fuzzy" goal that they had held for a long time but one that
was quickly coming into focus.
After returning from a trip
to Europe where they climbed the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the decision was
consolidated and the serious training began. This eventually meant that Fiona
had to resign from work as the combined efforts of work, training and study
were proving an impossible ask (Paul hadn't worked since the final acquisition
in July 2005).
And so that leads us to where
we are today - training hard and organising our equipment in preparation for
the biggest challenge of our lives!
Much more on them soon!
Sport Everest Boot Expedition and mountaineering boot for high altitude
and extremely cold conditions. The Everest has conquered all 14
mountains over 8,000m and also the Seven Summits- and has now had a
makeover to ensure continued peak preformance. With a newer sung, Alpine
Fit, and even lighter
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
See more here.
weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand
See more here.