FIONA'S DESCENT 12.30
Have just heard that Fiona is safely back at the South Col (Camp 4) where she will be able to have a rest and catch up with Paul who is also resting there.
Posted by: Arrow and Celia on May 23, 2006 06:24 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona,
Congratulations on your ascent. It has been amazing and inspiring to watch you both on your journey to the top of the world.
Safe descent!! Love Arrow and Celia
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 06:25 PM AEST
Thank goodness they are both safe at C-4. The following is a link that will show a panoramic view of what Fiona saw at the top of the world.
Also, a great story on Fiona and Paul on MountEverest.net
Now I can get some sleep. Looking forward to more of your great updates, Mary.
Posted by: Megan Lamb, Melbourne Aus on May 23, 2006 06:34 PM AEST
Fiona & Paul,
Huge congratulations and three cheers from Sensis Marketing to the both of you for achieving this! :-) Paul, we're staying tuned for the next installation!! A definite highlight of the week for everyone following your climb here in Melbourne - now wishing both of you and your team a safe descent. Can't wait to see your photos. (Thanks to Mary & Nick for the fantastic updates throughout the day as well!)
Well done guys *clap clap clap*
Level 9 Marketing Team @ QV
Posted by: Ken Gomez on May 23, 2006 06:41 PM AEST
Well done Fiona on the ascent.
Good to hear you are both safe. It's been an amazing effort.
Posted by: Maureen & John Addison Melbourne on May 23, 2006 06:45 PM AEST
Congratulations, fantastic effort.
from Maureen & John
Posted by: Kerri and Andrew on May 23, 2006 06:46 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona and Paul.
An inspiring effort from both of you. Paul, we hope you have a chance to have another attempt!
Love Kerri and Andrew
Posted by: sue w on May 23, 2006 06:46 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona
Congratulations on the biggest day of your lives. I am sure there are mixed emotions but you have reached the pinnacle of all your training and hard work. Fantastic.
Posted by: carlinea and josh on May 23, 2006 06:49 PM AEST
What an achievement - so proud of you both - Josh and Carlinea
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Apollo Bay Victoria Australia on May 23, 2006 06:53 PM AEST
Dear Paul, Fiona, Mingma, Dasona and BC Mom. I feel I can now breath a tiny sigh of relief to know you are both resting in C4. You have all displayed unbelievable skill and determination with your climb. We continue to wish you a safe descent. Paul, you are incredibly brave and intelligent to have made the decision to descend to C4. Be safe and rest well--Cheers--Valerie & Rummy
Posted by: Anita & Sam on May 23, 2006 06:56 PM AEST
Paul and Fiona – it has been amazing to share the journey with you!
Congratulations – a truly wonderful achievement. Love Neats & Sam
Posted by: Kyna Hart, Hamilton, NZ on May 23, 2006 07:03 PM AEST
Fi - you little ripper! (What more can we say?)
Paul - "kia kaha" is a Maori phrase meaning, roughly, "stay strong". (Sometimes translated as: "stay steadfast".) No doubt you'll be feeling desperately disappointed today, but "kia kaha" - God willing, there will be a weather window for another attempt.
We love you both, we're VERY glad you're both safe. Congrats!
Kyna, Mal, Jemimah and wee Matilda.
Posted by: Gail Hochreiter on May 23, 2006 07:08 PM AEST
Dear Paul and Fiona
Congratulations on your outstanding performance on reaching the summit, Fiona. Congratulations, too, to Paul for getting to the South Summit - what an achievement, and actually being brave enough to turn back is also to be lauded! Our South African chaps hope to summit from the south tomorrow morning (Wed. 24th May). My hubby, who was with them, turned back at Camp II!
Johannesburg, S Africa
Posted by: Nick Vlachos on May 23, 2006 07:12 PM AEST
Dear Paul and Fiona, great to hear about your amazing achievements! Congratulations to both of you and
a standing ovation for Fiona.
Trust you have a safe journey back home.
Hafalla Spaghetti Sauce.
Posted by: Malcolm Peck on May 23, 2006 07:33 PM AEST
Simply a wonderful achievement: best wishes to Paul and Fiona
Posted by: Michael Cormick on May 23, 2006 07:42 PM AEST
The last twenty four hours have had us on the edge of our seats, Paul, Fiona and Mary your courage and great strength are an inspiration. We spoke excitedly about your adventure at school (Hughesdale PS), which is better than any reality TV I know. We'll stay tuned for more!
Posted by: Vicky Atkinson Melbourne Australia on May 23, 2006 07:44 PM AEST
Congratulations on achieving your dreams Its been great following your adventures along the way and look forward to the full story later
Posted by: Nishat Merchant on May 23, 2006 08:07 PM AEST
Simply Amazing! Congratulations & Best Wishes!!! Nish
Posted by: Valerie & Rummy Australia on May 23, 2006 08:22 PM AEST
TO MC OF VANCOUVER WASHINGTON USA. Thank you so much for the link to panoramas.dk showing the 360 degree view from Everest. It is the most amazing photo!!
Posted by: James Gardiner (Melbourne) on May 23, 2006 08:25 PM AEST
Paul & Fiona
An amazing day - one neither of you, or those of us following you will ever forget. Fiona, a sensational effort in reaching the summit and Paul, it seems unjust. One senses, however, that the mountain hasn't seen the last of you!
Take care on your way down and Mare thanks for keeping us so close to the action! Congratulations to all. - James Gardiner
Posted by: Roy & Elaine on May 23, 2006 08:26 PM AEST
you guys are amazing....congratulations!!!!
Posted by: Patti & Jamie Scully on May 23, 2006 08:27 PM AEST
Congratulations to you both. So glad to hear of your safe decent from the summit Fiona. Nanna Hanton will be so proud. What a wonderful achievement.
Take care Patti Scully
Posted by: Jonathan Munro on May 23, 2006 08:39 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona and Paul.
An inspiring effort from both of you. Hi Mary, an inspiring effort from you too! Safe return back to us.
Love, Jono & Karen
Posted by: Phil - Sydney on May 23, 2006 08:59 PM AEST
Congratulations on a stirling effort. A fantastic day for you both. It has been an absolute pleasure riding along from the comfort of home, but I still want to at least get to BC. Mary thank you muchly. Paul, I hope you get another go at it.
All the best.Ever in Sydney would love to shake your hands.
Posted by: John & Lesley Bailey on May 23, 2006 09:16 PM AEST
Dear Mary, Fiona and Paul,
We are greatly moved and delighted for you all, and congratulate each and every one of you for your wonderful efforts, achievements, valour and also for your generous sharing of this awe inspiring adventure with us. We will all be cheering you at the ICEBERGERS in the morning. Every best wish for your safe return.
Lesley & John Bailey
Posted by: Jacqueline Melb Aust on May 23, 2006 09:31 PM AEST
Mary, just wanted to thank you for your efforts. You bore the weight of all the anxious people back here (and everywhere else in the world)and supplied great commentary. Much appreciated, Jacqueline
Posted by: Liz - Upper Montclair, NJ USA on May 23, 2006 09:36 PM AEST
CONGRATULATIONS!! to Fiona & Paul as well ! Your achievments are stellar!!
Well done. Please be safe heading back to BC.
Liz & Tara Luanne xoxo
Posted by: Lesley & John Bailey on May 23, 2006 09:49 PM AEST
Dear Mary, Fiona & Paul,
Congratulations to you all on your great team effort, your valour, your prudence, Paul, and your generosity in sharing your wonderful adventure with us all. All Icebergers join us in wishing you a safe descent and return.
Lesley & John Bailey
Posted by: James Bilodeau on May 23, 2006 10:05 PM AEST
Congratulations, great job
Posted by: Megumi & Aaron on May 23, 2006 10:13 PM AEST
Fiona - it must have been amazing. Well done. Paul - equally amazing courage. Carpe Diem!
Megumi & Aaron (Melbourne, Aust)
Posted by: Liane and the QECVI students (Ontario, Canada) on May 23, 2006 10:14 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona!!! We are so proud of you!!! Way to go! And congratulations Paul on your incredible effort and even tougher challenge - that of turning around, when I'm sure you wanted to keep going. You made the right decision. We are thrilled for both of you, and even though we have never met, we are beaming with pride back in Canada today! You have made our day!!!
Liane and the QE students
Posted by: Vic Check on May 23, 2006 10:25 PM AEST
Posted by: Jo on May 23, 2006 10:34 PM AEST
Oh thank goodness - just wonderful!
Posted by: Sue Beckwith on May 23, 2006 10:57 PM AEST
Fi & Paul,
What an amazing effort - it takes my breath away to realise what you have both achieved. Sincere congratulations and safe return.
Posted by: Bill Sims on May 23, 2006 11:00 PM AEST
Great Job Guys! From sunny "flat" Florida USA, our family has been following every step. Be careful through the ice falls...(only one more time!)...although we now have a feeling you two are going to do this again in a few years. Good luck.
Bill, Maria, Emily, Ellie, Billy and Jake - Jacksonville Florida
Posted by: Kennette Gainesville, Florida on May 23, 2006 11:14 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona, I wish I were there to give you a big bear hug!! I know it must have been hard to go without Paul and miss the photo op of a lifetime with the two of you at the summit together, (kissing!!) So glad Paul is okay and he is so heroic for knowing just what to do due to the circumstances!! You know I admire you both and hope a safe return on your descent!! If Paul continues to summit my thoughts and prayers are still with you till you arrive safely back to Kathmandu!!
Proud of you,
Posted by: Roger Stevenson on May 23, 2006 11:20 PM AEST
Congrats to both of you, it has been great following your progress, keep safe on your decent.
Posted by: Jon Hardy on May 23, 2006 11:40 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona and Paul, well done! Glad to hear you are both back at Camp 4, and can enjoy your achievements together. Keep making the right decisions and return safely.
All in L&N wish you both well and are chuffed at your news.
Jon, Fred, Jules, Rod & Chris Breach.
Posted by: Chuck, Connecticut, USA on May 23, 2006 11:54 PM AEST
Glad to hear that Fiona is safe at camp 4. Paul, you should rest well knowing that you made a wise decision.
Posted by: Zoe Cook (Melbourne, Australia) on May 23, 2006 11:58 PM AEST
Congratulations to you both for a tremendous, super-human effort. I'm sure you are extremely proud of each other for making the best decisions for your safety and well-being on the day, and Paul I sincerely hope that your chance to reach Everest's peak comes soon. In the meantime, celebrate your shared success back at BC, and prepare for Take 2.
Posted by: Tana K of New Mexico on May 24, 2006 12:01 AM AEST
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who saw their dream come true. Glad to hear everyone is safe. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be on top of the world. One special shout out to my greatest uncle (Dennis Kellner)in the world. Your an inspiration.
Posted by: Charlie G on May 24, 2006 12:02 AM AEST
Congratulations Paul and Fi!!! A truly remarkable achievement.
Best wishes for a safe return
PS Hi Mare, thanks for all the updates.
Posted by: Joseph Acero on May 24, 2006 12:07 AM AEST
Congratulations to Fiona for reaching the summit and to Paul for using good judgement.
Posted by: donald hackman on May 24, 2006 12:23 AM AEST
Dear Fiona and Paul, It was truly inspiring to witness your encouragement of each other. We followed you all day -every day. Our prayers were answered for your safe return. Zona and Don from Chicago and our family the Dells, Aunt D. and the Firefighter.
Posted by: Ross Wagstaff - Melbourne, Australia on May 24, 2006 12:23 AM AEST
Congratulations to you both!! An amazing achievement. Descend with as much care as you climbed up, and Paul, may any decisions about another attempt at the summit (and if so the timing) be made with as much wisdom as the decision to return to C4 today.
Posted by: Mark & Fi - USA on May 24, 2006 12:48 AM AEST
Congratulations to you both! Yay Fi for making the summit! What a star!!! We took Mark's blackberry to bed with us last night & kept logging in to check where you guys were - I had butterflies in my stomach all day for you both, so we were so glad to hear that you were both safe & sound back in Camp 4 after your amazing achievements! Cant wait to hear all the details from you both. You are both truly amazing!
Fi & Mark. xoxoxo
Posted by: RA on May 24, 2006 12:51 AM AEST
Glad to hear that Fiona is back safe in the Col. Both of them deserve our congratulations because Paul was a big reason why Fiona reached the summit.
Posted by: Doug on May 24, 2006 12:58 AM AEST
You guys are awesome. If you are ever in San Francisco and have a free day or night, the first round of drinks is on me. And dinner too.
---Doug (an armchair everest fan that was introduced to this website by Jack Gerstein's friend in Colorado)
Posted by: Larry and Marianne Benvenuti on May 24, 2006 01:33 AM AEST
Dear Fiona and Paul.
You did it Fiona and Paul is next.
Please tell Dennis K. the same. We are soooooo proud of your feats !
The Prayer Candle is lit and our prayers continue.
Larry and Marianne B
Posted by: Deb Hallam on May 24, 2006 03:31 PM AEST
Wow. What an achievement. Congratulations Fiona you must be so happy.
Paul be proud of your efforts and of your wife. Hope your chance comes soon.
Fantastic to have a dream and be able to follow it. God Bless
Deb H......Beulah Australia