Carl Hayman is back in Taradise, as the locals say, seeking anyone to climb Mt Taranaki with him.

"I thought someone might be keen," the former All Blacks tighthead prop says of his open invitations. "I've had a few responses but most of them are from my relatives round the road."

Hayman has never climbed his local mountain, making it to the crater previously, but when he does in the coming weeks it will be nothing compared to the daunting Nepal expedition that awaits.

Soon to embark on a two-month quest, setting off in late August, Hayman will attempt to