Everest Update 7.45 a.m.
Fiona is travelling really well and she and Mingma are not far from the Summit.
Unfortunately Paul has had a problem with his oxygen* and has had to turn back to Camp 4. The problem is only with the oxygen, HE IS FINE.
More news when I know it.
*Update: Please Note: it does appear that the oxygen problem was not due to any gear malfunction, but rather, unfortunately, due to operator error. Nick Grainger for site admin team.
Posted by: Chuck on May 23, 2006 01:09 PM AEST
I'm glad Paul is fine, will keep my fingers crossed for Fiona...
Posted by: Alan on May 23, 2006 01:10 PM AEST
OK. This is part of the deal. Fi - go Girl, go. Paul, you did your best, now get down safely. The world is watching and you ahve earned our respect and admiration.
Posted by: John on May 23, 2006 01:12 PM AEST
Keep going strong guys.
I am constantly refreshing my emails to get the updates through so thankyou so much Mary for sending them through.
My entire workplace are getting regular updates from me on their progress.
Posted by: Juan (Caracas, Venezuela) on May 23, 2006 01:14 PM AEST
Sorry to hear about Paul, hope Fiona gets to the top soon. Go Fiona... Go Go Go !!!
Posted by: Donavan on May 23, 2006 01:15 PM AEST
Gaaah! It's 8:00am, Everest Time as I write this, and I've still got all my fingers and toes crossed!! Good luck to everyone!
Posted by: Maddi on May 23, 2006 01:16 PM AEST
So sorry to hear about Paul (but glad he's OK) - what a frustrating and disappointing thing to happen. Good luck Fiona - so close now.
Lots of love
Maddi and DP xx
Posted by: Bill and Helen Dunaway on May 23, 2006 01:17 PM AEST
A group of us in Montomery, Alabama (Deep South USA) have been following your progress every day since you arrived and love your chatty postings. Our frind Dr. Lrry Rigsby (whose cimbing team lost two of the sherpas) was on the mountain with you, but unfortunately had to turn back for health reasons. Our prayers are with you both, not for achieving your dream, for you have already done that, summit or not, but for a safe return. God Bless.
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 01:24 PM AEST
Keep your unbelievable positive attitude, Paul. I am relieved to hear that you are all right. You made a very wise decision to turn back to C-4.
Fiona, my fingers are still permentantly crossed, you can do it! You are almost there! MC
Posted by: Liane and the QECVI students (Ontario, Canada) on May 23, 2006 01:24 PM AEST
Fiona - you go, girl!! We crazy Canucks are cheering you on louder than ever!! Paul - make it down safely! You gave it your best and we are very proud.
Liane and the Raider kids
Posted by: Mark & Fi on May 23, 2006 01:28 PM AEST
We are so proud of your achievements! Glued to the computer to hear of Fi's ascent & safe return to camp for both of you.
Posted by: Jody & Stuart Cray, Melbourne, Australia on May 23, 2006 01:31 PM AEST
Hi Paul, we're hoping you'll get a 2nd chance to summit before leaving. Best of luck fi..you can do it girl!
We are all very proud of you both.
Posted by: Ram A. on May 23, 2006 01:32 PM AEST
I hope Paul gets another chance. Those are the breaks .....
Posted by: Phil - Sydney on May 23, 2006 01:34 PM AEST
Wow, still holding on. Hopefully Paul will get another shot at the top. All the best for Fi's summit, and both of you be safe on the way down.
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 23, 2006 01:35 PM AEST
Dear Paul, Fiona, Mingma and Dasona. As I previously quoted: VICTORY IS IN THE EFFORT, and all of you are giving your all. Paul, we are so glad your mind is working so well and that you are going back to C4. We wish you a very safe journey. Fiona and Mingma we wish you a safe ascent. We are still anxiously awaiting further updates on all of you. Climb and descend safely. Cheers--Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: Jacci J on May 23, 2006 01:36 PM AEST
So sorry Paul, it must be so completely frustrating, but you have to remember that what you have already done is unbelievable! I'm concentrating on your safe return to Camp 4 now.I really hope you'll get another chance to summit.
Thinking of you Fi, you are doing a spectacular job! must be hard knowing Paul has had to turn back, so proud of you. Love Jac
Posted by: barb johnston Melbourne Australia on May 23, 2006 01:37 PM AEST
Paul I can imagine how disappointed you must feel. However, keep focussed on a safe trip down and on how much you have achieved. Hope you get another opportunity to tackle it. Words cannot express how proud everyone is of you both. Fi keep going strong, fingers crossed for you. You are both awesome...
Posted by: Juan (Caracas, Venezuela) on May 23, 2006 01:47 PM AEST
Paul, the world is watching you and hoping that you have a second chance before leaving, you both earned our respect and admiration for what you did, its was tough but you made the right decision. What a couple you two!!! Waiting for good news soon.
Posted by: Jo on May 23, 2006 01:47 PM AEST
Hi Mary - Way to go, Fiona; good job, Paul, for turning back. I am so very curious to know what is going on and that he is indeed OK. Will he be attempting the top once again from Camp 4? Man, I can imagine he has a lot going through his head right now. He made the right choice though. Hoping he gets down safely, as does Fiona. I don't want to go to bed tonight - I can't wait to hear more! Prayers continued from WI, USA!
Posted by: Anita & Sam on May 23, 2006 01:54 PM AEST
Hey Paul and Fiona, all our wishes are with you - stay safe! Awesome effort! Love Anita and Sam
Posted by: jacek on May 23, 2006 01:56 PM AEST
What a bad luck ... Fiona carry the torch ! Avanti to the summit and be careful downclimbing !
Posted by: Vassie on May 23, 2006 01:58 PM AEST
Sorry to hear it Paul, hope you have a second chance before leaving... Fiona - you go girl!!!
Posted by: Tam - Florida Keys, USA on May 23, 2006 02:04 PM AEST
Let us remember that the victory is not in the summit, but in being able to return home to share the adventure with your loved ones..........
You are all a hero to the world!
Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 23, 2006 02:08 PM AEST
Hi Fi & Paul
Paul, I am so sorry you had problems with the O2. Praying you make it down to C4 safely. Keep positive, you made the right call. Rest at C4 and regroup; if you still feel strong and able, will you attempt again Tuesday night? If the weather holds and your health is OK, then it should be a strong possibility.
Fiona, I am so proud of you, girl! Go! Stand on top of the world! You can do it. I'm trying to picture what you are experiencing, right now at 9:06 am your time, as I type this here.....it gives me goosebumps. Relax and smile and enjoy your time on the Summit -- you so, so deserve it.
Continued prayers for your safety and success,
Posted by: Ian on May 23, 2006 02:34 PM AEST
Well done Fiona and good luck. Pleased to hear that paul is OK.
Posted by: Deb, Ned, and Holly Jordan on May 23, 2006 02:46 PM AEST
So sorry with you Paul; So proud with you for Fiona.
Posted by: Shaune E on May 23, 2006 03:57 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona on running out of earth, literally, and Paul for your awesome decision making above C4 (NASA will no doubt be impressed!). It's been an absolute privilege to read the account of your climb........needless to say you are both an inspiration!
Best wishes for a safe return.
Posted by: Brian Mannix on May 23, 2006 04:50 PM AEST
Hi there Paul and Fi.
Have enjoyed following the updates each day,a great story, congratulations. Take care during your return.