Arrived at South Col (Camp 4) 12.00 middday
Paul and Fiona arrived at the South Col (Camp 4) about an hour ago. Sorry about the delay in letting you know, but my radio couldn't pick them up. I spoke to Paul on the main BC radio and he thinks that where they were probably didn't have such clear reception.
They had a terrific climb and are now eating and drinking lots and will then rest. They are feeling great.
The plan is that Fiona and her Sherpa will start heading up to the Summit at about 8 o'clock (Nepalese time) and Paul and his Sherpa will leave about an hour later.
Update from Paul and Fiona
I don't know if they will do an update tonight but I know they will check their messages from you. They just love reading them and receive so much love, encouragement, joy and support from them.
I will be glued to the 2 way tonight and will let you all know as soon as I hear from them...so stay tuned!!!
My thoughts, wishes and prayers are with them and Dasona and Mingma. Let's all hope that the weather gods are too.
Posted by: Em C (Switzerland) on May 22, 2006 06:56 PM AEST
Have a great rest, and keep on climbing hard! Keep the updates coming...Nearly there...
Posted by: Jac & Luke on May 22, 2006 06:57 PM AEST
Good luck guys - we are so excited, we will be tuning in all night for the updates! Lots of love, Jacci and Luke.
Posted by: Dad A. Melbourne on May 22, 2006 07:00 PM AEST
Fantastic work Mare!!. The whole family is so proud of you and the great work you are doing. Getting many calls from friends all wondering if they will be able to sleep tonight. It must be so reassuring for Paul and Fiona to have you 24/7. Love John
Posted by: Cas, London on May 22, 2006 07:01 PM AEST
Well done guys. One more hard but rewarding day of climbing and you have done it. and please please dont forget that the descend needs all your concentration , so don't let down your gurads until your safely back in BC. ( Ed Viestus once said " Going up is optional, coming down is mandatory "
B.T.W marry you doing a grand Job
Glued to the site whilst you guys attempt the summit. Think of all of us when you reach the south summit, hopefully at sun up..then its not long to go
Posted by: Patti & Jamie Scully on May 22, 2006 07:02 PM AEST
Dear Fiona & Paul, Exciting to read your news. Wish you both God's speed and be safe on your final climb. Will love to see the photos on your return. You are in the Hearald Sun again today and it had the email address. Best wishes and love Patti & Jamie & Megan.
Posted by: Ant Kutschera on May 22, 2006 07:02 PM AEST
Hi Paul - remember me? I am Marc and Em's mate - you had a beer on my balcony in Lausanne last summer? This site is amazing and your and Fi's climb is really inspiring. Clare, little Max and I are Wishing you and Fi all the best over the next few hours!
Posted by: Dave Fearnley on May 22, 2006 07:06 PM AEST
Go for it guys. You rock!! Love you lots. Lifting you up in spirit, Dave&Janet xox
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 22, 2006 07:06 PM AEST
AGAIN, THANK YOU MARY!!!
Fi, Paul and hopefully Dennis, also...Congrats on getting to C-4!!! Well done! Rest well and then it is just a "hop, skip and a jump" to achieving the dream of a lifetime. Keep it up! MC
It is your dreams that will stop time momentarily just long enough to see that anything is possible. mc
p.s. To Ron Munro: I believe it is 50 to 60 meters from the Geneva Spur to the South Col. The South Col is C-4.
Posted by: Tam on May 22, 2006 07:08 PM AEST
Wonderful news knowing they have arrived at C4 and enjoyed it along the way! Have been monitoring you throughout the night eager to know when Paul, Fiona and Dennis reach this milestone. The world is cheering them on...........!!
Posted by: Brane, Slovenia on May 22, 2006 07:16 PM AEST
Wow. Thrilling. Go, go, go, take us up there - and back down safely!
Posted by: Catherine (England) on May 22, 2006 07:17 PM AEST
Good luck reaching the summit later and I hope you have a safe journey back down again.
Posted by: Mum & Dad H on May 22, 2006 07:17 PM AEST
Fantastic climbing Fiona & Paul - slow & steady & you'll do it. We are so proud of your achievements (no matter what you do!!) Thank you for all your support Mary you are a real gem. WE love you all heaps Mum & Dad xx
Posted by: Geovanna on May 22, 2006 07:18 PM AEST
Your sister Amelia, who I worked with whilst in the UK, told me about your plans to climb Everest.
WOW! what an amazing achievement that will be. I have been following your journey and am so excited that you are nearly there.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that you reach the summit well.
Posted by: Dee Tozer on May 22, 2006 07:20 PM AEST
Aussie Aussie Aussie oiy oiy oiy!!
Go Aussies Go!!Go Aussies Go!!
Posted by: Joe on May 22, 2006 07:29 PM AEST
Heard Fiona being interviewed on ABC radio last weeek & have been following your adventure since. Thank you for your insite and taking me through your descriptions to a place I will never physicaly see. Absolutely fascinating! Safe journey to the top of the world and back home.
Posted by: Jennie Downing Melb. Aust. on May 22, 2006 07:50 PM AEST
Hullo Mare, Paul and Fiona. Elite says it all. Elite climbers and athletes and elite BC personnel! Fantastic grit and determination! Cheering you on with love...Jennie D
Posted by: Sammie and Nick Melb Aus on May 22, 2006 07:51 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fi,
Good luck! Stay warm, all the best for reaching the summit and coming down again safely. We're thinking of you and send all our best wishes and positive thoughts.
xx Lots of love from Sammie and Nick
Posted by: Vic Check on May 22, 2006 07:51 PM AEST
Well all the guys who are into climbing at Club Salamanca are following your climb. Lot of Rock Guys here in Hobart....Anyway all the best its all dartguns and whistles from here...buddy!!!!!! hope to see u2 real soon. Victor...
Posted by: Anne Marshall on May 22, 2006 08:06 PM AEST
The excitement and happiness you must be experiencing right now must be extraordinary. I'll bet you're not even noticing the cold any more! It truly is fantastic to have you there - everybody watching is getting so much out of it and we know how special it is for Paul and Fi to have that measure of support. Much love from Anne and Ronnie, Melb. Oz
Posted by: Bryan & Julie Brisbane. Aust. on May 22, 2006 08:06 PM AEST
Hi Paul & Fiona,
You don't know us but we found your website a couple weeks ago. Since then we have enjoyed receiving your regular updates. Today we have been glued your website checking on your progress. We are so excited for you both. You guys rock! We wish you all the best for your climb to the top of the world! Stay safe. Bryan & Julie.
Posted by: Liz James, Melbourne on May 22, 2006 08:07 PM AEST
A sleepless night for lots of us! Here's to a great ascent, trust that your feet travel in the right direction, there's room at the top and the downwards journey for you all is safe and sure. Enjoy!
Posted by: Justine Block on May 22, 2006 08:12 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona - the very best of weather, conditions and speed from all of us at the Melbourne Business School who have been glued to your site for past months. Have a safe trip down! (Hi Mary! We met you at the 1000 steps. You're doing a magnificent job!) Cheers, Justine Block
Posted by: Jayne & Jolyon Good - Melbourne on May 22, 2006 08:22 PM AEST
Hi Paul and Fiona...I have been following your climb with awe and wish you the very best of luck with your ascent to the summit and a very safe journey back to BC. You are both so inspiring. Good Luck and may the weather be in your favour!!
Mary - well done on your achievement - it is so nice for P&F to have your support (and we love your updates as well!)
Jayne & Jolyon (Joly is Paula and Adrian's son)
Posted by: Cr Derek Wilson, Mayor, Bayside City Council on May 22, 2006 08:26 PM AEST
Dear Mr & Mrs Adler
On behalf of the Councillors and Citizens of Bayside City Council, may I extend our whole-hearted support to both of you on the extra-ordinary challenge to conquer Mt Everest.
You should be immensely proud of your achievements to date, and to conquer the extremity of the natural elements must require an outstanding determination and skill. I am sure the community of Bayside will watch with excitement as you reach the peak and raise the Australian flag.
We hope and pray that your descent will be a safe and speedy one, and we look forward to tracing your footsteps.
Once again, the community of Bayside wishes you both all the best in this exhilarating challenge of a lifetime.
Cr Derek Wilson, Mayor.
Posted by: Jim C. on May 22, 2006 08:44 PM AEST
Great job..almost there..climb safe, I know everyone is wishing you well.
Posted by: Kathy Every on May 22, 2006 08:46 PM AEST
Hi Fiona and Paul this is getting so exciting. I wish you the best of climbs to the summit and on the descent, and many wonderful moments to share together.
Mary you are so fantastic keeping us informed, thank you so very, very much for this priceless experience.
Posted by: Jacqui and Ian Pearson (Marysville Aust) on May 22, 2006 08:49 PM AEST
Fi and Paul
Good luck for your ascent and of course descent. We are very excited for you now as the months of preparation draw to a climax. God speed, stay safe, but above all, enjoy.
BC Mom. you inspire as well.
With much love
Jacqui,Ian and Barbara
Posted by: karen Meyerink on May 22, 2006 08:50 PM AEST
good Luck can't wait to hear that you have made it take it all in have a safe trip down karen
Posted by: Lesley & John Bailey on May 22, 2006 08:53 PM AEST
How exciting it must be for you Mary, we wish Fi and Paul great success. We enjoy the daily update.
Water in Baths very ordinary not missing anything, just getting colder.
Posted by: Tim & Inna (in Boston) on May 22, 2006 08:54 PM AEST
Hi Paul & Fiona,
Just woke at 5:30am to catch up on all the latest, and I see that much has happened in the last 6 hours. Absolutely awesome - the best thing is the weather and that you guys are feeling great. Try to actively catalog the next 24 hrs, hour by hour in your memories, so that may relive and retell in all its detail.
I have cold beer on standby ready to toast the momentus occaision.
Tim & Inna
Posted by: Kate & Benno Claydon on May 22, 2006 08:55 PM AEST
Amazing effort, you two. Only a few hours to go before the last big push... Hope you get a little calm and rest beforehand, although I imagine you've got butterflies.
There's an awful lot of people watching your climb, and if our good vibes could get you there, you'd be home and hosed!
(Wonder what Edmund Hillary et al would think of this hourly updates and status reports by magic little electronic devices!)
Best wishes for the next steps,
Take care of each other,
Kate & Benno Claydon
Posted by: Paula & Steve DanskeMD USA formerly Alice Springs NT on May 22, 2006 08:56 PM AEST
Dear Paula & Fi,
The pinnacle is yours! We feel it. All of us transplanted Yanks know how strong you Aussies are when you set your minds to it. This is your moment. Drive on!
Paula & Steve Dansker
Posted by: Deb, Ned, and Holly Jordan, Tootgarook, Victoria, Australia. on May 22, 2006 08:57 PM AEST
Thank you Mrs. Mary ... it's a bit breathtaking (no pun ...) to see so many messages in such a short time, one wants to rush to see whats happening next! This is so exciting!!
Be safe on that mountain, and enjoy.
Posted by: Maddi and DP on May 22, 2006 09:04 PM AEST
GO GO GO Guys! You are so close now. We are so proud and excited for you. Stay safe and don't take any risks. What you achieved already is amazing.
Lots of love
Maddi and DP xxx
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay, Victoria Australia on May 22, 2006 09:24 PM AEST
Oh my goodness. It would appear that all the "sea level" angels are all with you as you attempt the final ascent to the top. We wish you a successful climb, no matter what the outcome. Please be safe and sure footed on the descent. We can't wait for the next update. Climb safely and continue on with your fantastic mental attitudes. We are sending you our encouragement.
Cheers---Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: Steve New York on May 22, 2006 09:25 PM AEST
Good luck. I will be checking in all day. Many thought climb with you on your journey. We hope you have a safe one.
Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 22, 2006 09:27 PM AEST
Whoo Hoo !!!!!
Way to go, Fi and Paul!
Now rest and get ready for the ultimate dream climb of your life, from the South Col to the summit of Everest.
We are all with you, every tough step, cheering you on.
Be strong, be safe, go stand on top of the world!
God bless you both,
Posted by: Liz - Upper Montclair, NJ USA on May 22, 2006 09:30 PM AEST
........ so excited I am left speechless. :-)
Posted by: sue w on May 22, 2006 09:31 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona
How close, stay focussed and with everyone's best wishes I am sure you will make it. After all you could not have chosen a more auspicious day!
Thanks for your birthday wishes from so far away, at least I knew I was safe from a surprise birthday party this year! But I did have a nice surprise tonight when I got home.
Posted by: Zack and Zoe (Brighton) on May 22, 2006 09:42 PM AEST
Wooof wooooof woooof. Barrrkk Barrrkk! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Cooorrrrnnflakes
Posted by: Rose Sydney on May 22, 2006 10:02 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona,
What a great achievement to make it safely to Camp 4. Rest up, drink up and soak up all the positive energy from your huge fan club around the world.
Goodluck for the climb and descent tomorrow, stay safe.
Rose, Mike, Oliver, Nicola and Frederick
Posted by: jack on May 22, 2006 10:06 PM AEST
Paul,FiFi and DennisAfter all the rotations, you are going to do it!!!i will be with you all theway. the mountain Gods are working with you. Miss being on the rope with you.Be safe and turn up the OOOO's
Jack in Colorado i am leaving for the Florida keys today and have spoken to Tami. Good luck
Posted by: Helene Nilsson Brisbane on May 22, 2006 10:20 PM AEST
Hi - have been keenly watching your site since reading of your great attempt in an outdoor magazine - go guys - you can do it!
Posted by: Lucinda & Chris on May 22, 2006 11:55 PM AEST
Hi Paul & Fiona,
Wow this is it! Well there's not much more we can say but....Good Luck - which has been said a thousand times before, but we all really mean it.
We are off to William St for dinner tomorrow, hopefully we will crack open some bubbly for you!
Good Luck, good weather and all those things...
Lots of love
Lou & Chris xxx
Posted by: Ron Hilton (Evergreen, CO) on May 23, 2006 04:04 AM AEST
Go go go and be safe!
Posted by: Phyllis Bennett on May 23, 2006 08:57 AM AEST
May you attain your Everest. Mentally and physically you sound so well prepared that you will succeed unless the weather is against you.
Thinking of you and waiting for the next dispatch,
Phyllis in Hampshire, UK.