Interview with Fiona at Base Camp Monday 15 May 2006
This is the second interview with Fiona broadcast on Drive with Lindy Burns: Fiona Adler first broadcast 17 May 2006 on 774 ABC Melbourne reproduced by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Online. (c) 2006 ABC. All rights reserved. http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/
This interview was conducted on Monday 15th May when Fiona and Paul were at Base Camp resting prior to setting off on their summit attempt. The interview was broadcast on Wednesday 17th May, the day Fiona and Paul left base camp on their first attempt on the summit.
Many thanks to the ABC for allowing us to publish this recording here.
Nick Grainger on behalf of Paul and Fi and the site admin team.
Posted by: Anne and Kirstie Marshall. Melbourne Australia on May 18, 2006 04:45 PM AEST
Hello Mare, Kirst and Annie here, (just did a girls lunch; office closed for renovations ha ha ha) We were talking about you all and came back to read the latest developments. Mum said that Johnnie was in great form last night over dinner, but as you would well imagine, misses you teeeerrrribly. Ronnie comforted him and he left in peace..........
We have been having a catch up of our own as with mum in NZ for a week, there was plenty of family news. We are thinking of you every waking minute and sending all of you our love.
Stay safe. Big hugs from the Marshall family. Black Rock Australia
Posted by: Aaron Flavell on May 18, 2006 04:49 PM AEST
Enjoying following the climb - all the very best for a safe and thrilling summit bid to you both.
Posted by: Kate & Benno Claydon on May 18, 2006 04:49 PM AEST
Hello Fi and Paul,
Can't believe how much stronger you sound in the second interview, Fi, it's amazing to hear the difference in your voice. How strange it will be for you to be down in the "thick" air at sea level again.
Remember that old irish blessing?...
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Irrespective of who/what your god is, the words sound appropriate to me. Hope your steps to the top come easily!
Cheers, and take care,
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 18, 2006 04:54 PM AEST
Thank you Nick G. and ABC. It was nice to hear Fionas voice sounding amazingly "not out of breath". Great interview.
I would also like to congratulate the following IMG's team members on summiting Everest today!
Justin R Merle (USA), Walter Laserer (Austrian), Markus Paul Buel (Swiss), Karl Wolfgang Flock (German), Jean F Carrey (Canadian), Ang Chhiring Sherpa (his 7th Everest summit), Dorje Lama Sherpa (his 3rd Everest summit), Karma Rita Sherpa (his 3rd Everest summit), Dawa Nuru Sherpa (his 4th Everest summit), Nima Karma Sherpa and Samduk Dorje Tamang.
Descend safely all the way back down to BC.
Posted by: Sammie and Nick Melb Aus on May 18, 2006 05:18 PM AEST
Well done Fi, awesome interview. You sounded totally at ease with your breathing, and I'm so proud of you for getting as far as you have! Good luck to both of you for this final stage. Enjoy your moments at the top and all the best for getting back down again safely :-)
xx Sammie and Nick
Posted by: Liz James, Melbourne on May 18, 2006 07:32 PM AEST
It was great to hear your voice, Fiona, and by the sound of it, you're ready to go! Take care, both of you. Liz.
Posted by: Jean-Pierre Genton (Paris) on May 18, 2006 07:58 PM AEST
Thank you for your news. All the french family is very proud for you. May be have you met the New Zeland alpinist, with two legs amputee, who rich the Everest summit ?