Camp 3 to Camp 4 Report 2
Update from Paul and Fiona
9.30 a.m Nepalese time
Paul and Fiona are on oxygen and have just reported from their rest stop above the Yellow Band, on the way to the South Col, which is where Camp 4 is. (It takes about 30 mins to write and send this report).
They said they slept well last night and that they feel good. Their masks are working well and the weather is perfect. As they look down they can see the cloud layer which is now covering Base Camp. (It is cooling off a bit here and clouding over, with light snow falling, but that's ok, I would rather they had the good weather! They still have to get through the Geneva Spur, and then I will let you know when they reach Camp 4.
It is very exciting being here and listening to their reports on the 2 way radio and then being able to pass them on to you.
I'll send the next one when I hear from them.
Posted by: meals in melb on May 22, 2006 03:35 PM AEST
this is great mum thanks
Posted by: Phil - Sydney on May 22, 2006 03:36 PM AEST
Dear Mary, to Fiona and Paul
Thanks for the timely report. It is very exciting thinking about them on the go now and heading for their dream. AM waiting for updated info on the next 24hrs. Must be fantastic to be able to follow on the 2 way. Once again all the best for the next 24 hours. Hope the weather holds and the summit is Fi and Pauls. I can't wait for the photos. I was impressed by the PM's letter!
Posted by: Phil Stammers > Melb > Aust on May 22, 2006 03:38 PM AEST
I am very excited for Paul & Fiona. Thanks for the update. It's so close... and yet so far!
Best wishes to all.
Posted by: Zoe Cook (Melbourne, Australia) on May 22, 2006 03:55 PM AEST
Hi Fiona and Paul,
I'm so excited by the fact that you're actually on your way to Everest's summit. I feel like it's crept up very quickly in your proposed climbing schedule - and I hope that's exactly what happens with the summit - that it too creeps up very quickly! :o)
I cannot give you a lot of advice at this point, but I recall some wise words from my guide during my tiny climbing experience in South America; "be sure to save 50% of your energy for the descent". I’m not quite sure how to accomplish this feat (I practically crawled into base camp), but thought I would share it with you.
Good luck guys; your journey has been an inspiration to so many, and I look forward to sharing the elation of the summit with you from my lowly swivel chair. :o)
PS Thank you for your posts Mary – you three make a great team!
Posted by: Malcolm Peck on May 22, 2006 04:03 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona
I can feel the excitement in Melbourne, good luck for the summit push
Posted by: Brad on May 22, 2006 04:09 PM AEST
Getting very close now! I hope you manage to get at least some sleep at Camp 4 before leaving for the hardest day of your lives. I can imagine the anticipation of being so close might keep you awake though. Love the letter from the PM!
Best of luck,
Brad, Trace, Madi & Paige.
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 22, 2006 04:27 PM AEST
To Fiona, Paul, Dennis, Dasona, Mingma Ongel and Phinjo
You are so close to the highest place on our planet and your "dream of dreams"! Continue doing exactly what you are doing. Fingers permanently crossed. MC
If I may dare to step into the footprints of legends, I must place each and every step in unison with theirs; and yet each step must be my own.
Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 22, 2006 04:50 PM AEST
Go, Fi & Paul! You can do it!
Love the updates, Mary, thank you. This is so exciting -- the Adler Army is with you every step of the way to the South Col and beyond.
From America's birthplace, the state of Pennsylvania, at about 1:50 am local time on Monday morning.....I send you God's blessings for safety.
Now it's back to bed for me!