Everest Update 5 a.m.
As I sit here in the Comms tent, I can hear the Sherpas reporting in (in Sherpa!) to Jangbu who then interprets its for me.
It has been perfect climbing weather through the night (daylight is just breaking) and Paul and Dasona have reached th South Summit. Daysona reports that Fiona and Mingmare not far behind.
The South Summit is the last big one before the Hilary Step.
Will keep you posted as I hear.
Posted by: Jo on May 23, 2006 10:30 AM AEST
WONDERFUL!!!! Continued prayers to them both and to YOU Mary for such awesome up-to-date reporting!! My goodness, they are just amazing people!
Posted by: Jacci on May 23, 2006 10:31 AM AEST
Thanks Mary - on the edge of my chair!! Jacci
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 10:32 AM AEST
Thank you, Mary
Glad you are not the one having to interpret "Sherpa"!
The sunrise must be beautiful!!! I can only imagine. Excellent news that so far it has been perfect weather for them. All is great! All is good! MC
Posted by: Maddi, Melbourne Australia on May 23, 2006 10:34 AM AEST
Thanks Mary - you must be pacing the comms tent! What an anxious wait it must be. Can't wait for the next update.
Posted by: Rose, Sydney on May 23, 2006 10:40 AM AEST
Great to hear the sun is rising, it must be the most beautiful place to see the sunrise.
We're all behind you pushing you up the hill!!!!
Posted by: 3S @ Canterbury PS Melbourne on May 23, 2006 10:40 AM AEST
We've been following you on your journey. We are glued to our computer screen! so good luck.Hope you make it. 3S
Posted by: Shelagh, Ottawa, Canada on May 23, 2006 10:45 AM AEST
Mary, it's early evening (May 23)here in Ottawa and I won't be going to bed tonight before I know they are all safe. Thanks for your terrific updates, we armchair travellers appreciate them so much. This is SO exciting.
Posted by: Chuck on May 23, 2006 10:46 AM AEST
As I was stuck in traffic on the way home I couldnt help but be in awe that two people that Ive been following for the past few weeks are almost at the summit of Mt. Everest! Keep up the good work Mary! I cant wait for your next dispatch!
Chuck, Connecticut, USA
Posted by: Carolyn Allison on May 23, 2006 10:46 AM AEST
Can't imagine how you're feeling right now. Can't wait to hear the next bit of news!
Posted by: Anneke Thomson on May 23, 2006 10:48 AM AEST
What an thrill to follow their journey to the summit. Thanks for all the updates. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement independent if they make it or not.
Best wishes fom Anneke
Posted by: Liz - Upper Montclair, NJ USA on May 23, 2006 10:48 AM AEST
Wonderful news. They are going to make it!!! Fingers crossed and waiting for next dispatch.
Thank you Mary,
ps. Just put my 17 month old to bed for the night (7:45 PM EST) and am not doing another thing till i receive news. :-) Then we will celebrate!
Posted by: malcolm Peck on May 23, 2006 10:51 AM AEST
Fi and Paul: I'm glued to my seat waiting for Mary's emails. Summit here we come
Posted by: Vassie on May 23, 2006 10:52 AM AEST
OMG!!! I cant wait to get the next update! I have tingles in my body. Mary - you are a legend, great work!
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 23, 2006 10:58 AM AEST
This thing is just getting too darned exciting!! Thank you, Mary. We can't wait for your next update. We wish safe climbing for the entire team. Cheers--Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: J on May 23, 2006 10:59 AM AEST
Paul and Fiona job well done ..you are there now. take care coming down and enjoy the top of the world...23/05 is your day guys...
Posted by: Helene Brisbane Aus on May 23, 2006 10:59 AM AEST
It is so exciting and I don't even know you! Wonderful that they are so close - must go to work now so will have to wait for the summit news tonight!I thought climbing Mt Barney was a challenge!
Posted by: Juan (Caracas, Venezuela) on May 23, 2006 11:02 AM AEST
Paul, Fiona and Mary:
In front of my computer checking every minute for good news... GO GO GO !!!
This is it!!
Posted by: Phil M - Sydney on May 23, 2006 11:15 AM AEST
Fantastic effort - will be waiting for the next update. Great stuff. Thanks Mary.
Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 23, 2006 11:20 AM AEST
Just got back from coaching my son's Little League baseball game and rushed right to my 'puter, eager to read what happened the last 3 hours on Everest....
WOW! The South Summit....it's not far now. Just the Hillary Step to get over. This is just awesome following along.
Continued prayers from here, Mary....thank you for the updates.
Go Fi and Paul!!! Go Go Go!!!
Posted by: Brumby's & Willis on May 23, 2006 11:29 AM AEST
So exciting Mary. Following their every move. Great reminincsing for those Willis' Wanderers who did Nepal 15 years ago. David & John
Posted by: paula stout Palo Alto, CA on May 23, 2006 11:31 AM AEST
Hi Mary/Tuck...Realize this is asking a lot...but if you have any information on Will Cross and how he is progressing...we're all anxsious to hear. He should be on the route with Paul and Fi right now. thanks a million! paula.
Posted by: Baz on May 23, 2006 11:41 AM AEST
A1 Aye. Just amazing !!!
I have been reading every day and am always filling evreyone in here at work on your progress. All the best for this last, life changing part of the epic.
Posted by: Ron Munro on May 23, 2006 11:45 AM AEST
Mary you are doing a fantastic job and I am so proud of you. Paul has evidently passed Fiona already, full marks to them and also to Nick for his wonderful computer work. Love Dad
Posted by: Tam - Florida Key, USA on May 23, 2006 12:02 PM AEST
BC Mom & Everyone!
Dave and Dennis have reached the SUMMIT.........Paul & Fiona are following closely!!!
Our thoughts are with all of them!
They are truly on top of the world!
Posted by: Thomas & Mary on May 23, 2006 12:05 PM AEST
Our thoughts are with you every moment on the last part of your amazing and inspiring journey. Keep going guys!
Posted by: Michael Phillips on May 23, 2006 12:07 PM AEST
All at RingwoodSC are in awe of the fantastic job you are doing. Many of us have been following the climb for weeks now and are willing you on. All the best for the next challenge as you scale the summit.
Posted by: Pamela and John Power on May 23, 2006 12:18 PM AEST
Paul, Fiona and Mary - good luck folks - we are enjoying the progress and our best wishes are with you all.
from a couple of olive farmers (Jayne Good's parents)
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 12:23 PM AEST
You must be elated to know that your husband has stood on top of the world. Congrats to Dennis, Dave and their sherpas! And thank you for the update, Tam. MC
p.s. Can't wait for the summit news of Fiona and Paul!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Patrick :>) on May 23, 2006 12:46 PM AEST
Best of luck for the summit bid!
Soon, it will all be behind you ... and below you!
Columbia, SC USA
Posted by: J on May 23, 2006 12:51 PM AEST
Here is the latest from IMG
May 22, 2006 • 6:00pm PST • Dennis and Phinjo Have Summitted
We have confirmation that Dennis and Phinjo summitted at 5:45am and are starting down. Congratulations. It sounds like the weather is good! Paul and Fiona are now at the South Summit. We'll keep you posted.
— Eric Simonson, International Mountain Guides Director
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 23, 2006 01:06 PM AEST
Congratulations to Dennis & Phinjo. Again, thanks to BC Mom and all who are working on the web site, which must be getting close to melt down right about now. To all of the climbers on the mountain, be they ascending, descending or resting, our wings are beneath their legs. Stay ever so safe. Cheers--Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: Donna on May 23, 2006 01:14 PM AEST
Knowing you were safely at the Balcony when I started my yoga class in Chicago tonight the view of the skyskrapers held special meaning. So with each Asana I 'climbed' each floor of the Sears Tower with you as you make your way closer to the Summit. I can't sleep tonight until I know you're safe!! Best wishes to all.
Posted by: Max and Judy = Darwin OZ on May 23, 2006 02:56 PM AEST
We also think you are doing a great job as Comms. Officer ME (Mt. Everest)
Can't wait for the final Summit to be reached. What a great acievement for them both especially Fiona as she is such a little thing.Paul and Fiona best of climbing to you both
Love Max and Judy
Posted by: James Kerr, UK on May 23, 2006 05:26 PM AEST
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Well done guys, fantastic effort from you both - real bad luck on the oxygen Paul but to get that far and one to the top is brilliant. Have been following your progress over here in Bristol, UK. Wishing you both a safe trip back down.
Well done. James
Posted by: Geoffrey and Jillian Kelley and family on May 23, 2006 07:07 PM AEST
Mary, Jillian and I are in awe of Fiona, Paula and you! Good luck kids from all of us in Mount Eliza, and we are looking forward to hearing all about it when you get home, regards, Geoff