Everest Report 2.45 a m.
As you can imagine, it is very difficult for either Paul or Fiona to have any sort of conversation with Base Camp as they are wearing oxygen masks and really concentrating on their climb.
Their Sherpas have radioed in that they have both reached "the Balcony" and things are fine.
I am sleeping (very lightly) in the Communications Tent, so will pass on news when I hear it.
Posted by: Alan on May 23, 2006 08:29 AM AEST
They are right on schedule. It normaly takes about 6 hours for most climbers to reach the Balcony.
Posted by: Tim Adler on May 23, 2006 08:29 AM AEST
Further to Mary's posting, Eric from from IMG reports (I believe 'everyone else' includes Paul & Fiona):
"1:20pm Washington time.
2:05am Nepal time
Just talked to Tucker at Base Camp. He says that Dave and Danuru have already left the Balcony and that everyone else is at the Balcony, taking a break, leaving soon, doing fine. Weather is OK. So far so good!
Posted by: Jean-Pierre GENTON on May 23, 2006 08:32 AM AEST
Hi Mary, Paul, Fiona... Yes Yes Yes, the Balcony, and more! It's quite midnight here, in France, but sleep doesn't come !
Jean-Pierre Genton, the french cousin
Posted by: Kaila from New Zealand on May 23, 2006 08:38 AM AEST
9:37AM in NZ and I'm tracking your progress on the edge of my seat! Go guys! Jack's family is behind you 100%! Thanks Mary for your fantastic updates - you are a blessing.
Posted by: Don McComb on May 23, 2006 08:49 AM AEST
Hello again Paul and Fiona! It wont be long now! Looking forward to the photos from the top! Have a safe return when you start down. Once again best wishes from South Florida USA.
Posted by: Bruce Galloway on May 23, 2006 08:53 AM AEST
I'm a friend of Aunt June Nye. She is relaying your news to me in Florida.
It's so far out of any of my fantasys. It got cold in Cleveland but - . I hail you as adventurers and searchers for a real world remote from the embroglio, and wait with bated breath for your primal scream of success. Bruce
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 23, 2006 08:59 AM AEST
Dear Paul, Fiona, Mingma and Dasona,
Oh what joyous new to wake to. I couldn't believe it when I got up and my ISP was temporarily down, so I couldn't read the latest 2 updates. However, all is rectified and I am too thrilled for words to hear of your progress to The Balcony. Safe, safe, safe, safe climbing and we wish you sure-footedness on your descent. We are with you all the way. Cheers--Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: Debbie Skelton on May 23, 2006 09:02 AM AEST
Mary, can't wait for the next message, just so exciting - you're doing a fantastic job in support - Paul & Fiona are in our thoughts, Cheers, Debbie & Kevin
Posted by: Ari Petrovs on May 23, 2006 09:06 AM AEST
Thinking of you guys this morning made a 5 degrees melbourne morning seem like the bahamas. I remain in awe of you two! Say a prayer for us all when you reach the top of the world.
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 09:06 AM AEST
Great job, Mary
Fiona, Paul, Dennis, Dave and their sherpas are right on track. They are all doing so well. Now, they just have to keep up their strength and stay focused. I know they will.
Hope you will catch a few Zzzzzzzz, Mary! MC
Posted by: peter and barbara on May 23, 2006 09:12 AM AEST
for paul and fi -
we've been following your climb with great interest and are cheering for you tonight here in sacramento, california!
good luck and keep safe!!!!
peter and barbara
(two sacramento doctors!)
Posted by: Richard Taylor (Melbourne, Australia)... currently in Boston, MA on May 23, 2006 09:29 AM AEST
Thanks for the regular updates... most gripping series I've followed for years!
Go Paul and Fi... again wishing you swift and safe passage with a huge smile!
Posted by: meals and danny in melbourne on May 23, 2006 09:33 AM AEST
the updates are great mum. it is amazing to know what is happening each step of the way. stay warm in the communications. we'll be willing them up every step of the way.
love to you all, meals and danny
Posted by: Phil M on May 23, 2006 10:03 AM AEST
Still going strong. Fantastic, as I said berore - Go, Go, Go, Go!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep up the great work and stay safe coming back.
Posted by: J on May 23, 2006 10:06 AM AEST
you are not far from the most glorious sunrise that you will cherish for the rest of your lives guys !!!!
enjoy the peace and say your and my prayers on Chomolungma too.
Posted by: Jan G Melbourne, Aust. on May 23, 2006 10:07 AM AEST
Go Fi & Paul! From pizzas in Kathmandu (was it really that long ago?) to mediterranian chicken near the summit - is this the ultimate gastronomic everest climb? It's been a wonderful jouney - many thanks for sharing it. Supposed to be marking assignments, but can't concentrate - students will have to wait! I'm glued to your site. Savour the moment, take lots of happy snaps, and return safely.
love and best wishes, jan
Posted by: Wendy Hinde on May 23, 2006 12:42 PM AEST
Congratulations and best wishes for today's climb - have been reading your news daily (as are many at St.Leonard's) We are very proud of your achievment, and wish you every success - wherever you get to you've already achieved so much.as John Willis used to say - altitude can effect many people - do as your body tells you.
Wendy Hinde Sandringham Victoria.
Posted by: John Willis Melbourne Australia on May 23, 2006 08:33 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona,What a blow for Paul. I have been at a trade show in Canberra and have met some of your sponsors. Everyone was very interested in your progress. It is a small world.
Good luck for the trip down. Mary keep up the good work.