Paul and Fiona attempt on the summit part 1 8.30 p.m.
Mount Everest...here they come!
I spoke to Paul and Fiona a little while ago and they sound terrific. They have had plenty to drink, dinner (would you believe Mediterranean Chicken!) and a good rest. They said the weather was good and the wind was dropping.
They have now decided that Fiona and Mingma will leave at 9p.m. (about 25 minutes from now!!) and Paul and Dasona will leave at 10 p.m.
I am spending the night in the Communications tent as the reception is better on the bigger 2 way. They will radio in as they go, probably as they stop to rest and so I will update as often as they do.
Thanks to everybody who sent those messages today - I know how special each and everyone of them are to Paul and Fiona and I loved hearing from you too.
All I can say is "stay glued" as we are so priviledged to be able to share in history in the making!
John topped up my phone today (thanks J) so I can now keep going all night!
cheers for now,
PS GOOD LUCK PAUL AND FIONA
Posted by: Tam - Florida Keys, USA on May 23, 2006 02:21 AM AEST
A HUGE THANKS to you .........
and Godspeed to our climbers.........
To quote that incredible woman, Elizabeth Hawley, "The mountains hereabouts are infested with men mad enough to want to slog to the tops"!
We all wait in eager anticipation......
Posted by: Alan Arnette on May 23, 2006 02:22 AM AEST
God's Speed. Climb Safe
Posted by: Cas, London on May 23, 2006 02:23 AM AEST
Good luck guys.
Posted by: GENTON Jean-Pierre on May 23, 2006 02:31 AM AEST
Hi Mary ! Hi Paul & Fiona
We are with you each minute at this time. Go and WIN !
Jean-Pierre the french cousin
Posted by: Bruce on May 23, 2006 02:42 AM AEST
Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate being able to follow along with you on your adventure. I thank everyone for all the effort.
"I Can See Clearly Now" is the song of the day. It's not something you would want to hear me sing, but maybe it will help keep the weather dogs away while you summit! :)
Posted by: Shelagh, Ottawa, Canada on May 23, 2006 02:44 AM AEST
Good climbing, stay safe and Enjoy!!
Posted by: Elizabeth-London on May 23, 2006 03:19 AM AEST
Wow, you must be so excited and nervous. Good luck, stay safe and ENJOY CLIMBING. I know you don't know me, but I've been following your updates, and I think that what you're doing is amazing. I wish I could be there. It sounds like a wonderful experience. Good luck with everything.
Posted by: Alex Luer on May 23, 2006 03:25 AM AEST
You can do it, I know you can. You two sound terrific. I look forward to hearing from you after you return from the top of the world.
Alex from New Orleans, USA
Posted by: Jill from Dallas, TX USA on May 23, 2006 03:46 AM AEST
Thanks so much for keeping us informed! I've been to EBC and peeked inside the communications tent. It is especially exciting for me to be able to picture what things look like there. I wish I were there with you now! We are all waiting "with baited breath" for any word from you!
Posted by: Jeannette (Paul's Aunt) on Vancouver Island on May 23, 2006 04:00 AM AEST
Staying close to the computer today and watching and hoping all goes well for our climbers. Safe journey.
Posted by: Christy, Ohio USA on May 23, 2006 04:07 AM AEST
Enjoy every step....
Posted by: Eugène Constant on May 23, 2006 04:37 AM AEST
Have a nice day !!
Posted by: Chris H on May 23, 2006 04:49 AM AEST
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you have a safe and beautiful climb - I have been riveted by the detailed descriptions of your journey. Such a fantastic story you are telling - I thank you for sharing so much of yourselves as you embark on such a physically and mentally grueling challenge. You are both amazing in my opinion - always smiling. I will anxiously await further updates through the day and into the night.
A fan from the US.
Posted by: Diane on May 23, 2006 05:03 AM AEST
How exciting! I am praying for safety for all.
Posted by: Jo on May 23, 2006 05:44 AM AEST
Mary - You rock! Thanks for these updates - my goodness, what a super honor that you are there to support them. SO glad they are on their way up, offically, finally! Cheers to them both and to you, who I know is patiently and eagerly awaiting their news! Question: How far ahead is Nepal from US-Central time? Anyone know?
Jo, WI, USA
Posted by: Chuck on May 23, 2006 06:07 AM AEST
Thoughts and prayers are with you both as you start this final leg of your climb. God speed Paul and Fiona
Chuck, Connecticut, USA
Posted by: Peggy Brown Quad Cities, Il. Rock Island on May 23, 2006 06:46 AM AEST
Your updates are great check on them every often during the day and night. Tami is keeping me posted also. God bless you Paul, Fiona and Dennis We will patiently await the news. Hugs and good luck from Mom and Dad Brown to Dennis and group.
Posted by: MC - Vancouver, Washington, USA on May 23, 2006 06:50 AM AEST
You are an angel there at BC supporting Fiona and Paul and relaying their climb of this most challenging of mountains to all of us...play by play!
Thanks a million!!! MC
Posted by: Mark R -- Mountville PA USA on May 23, 2006 07:00 AM AEST
Go Fi and Paul!
So excited to know they are on the summit pyramid and heading upward every step.
It's almost 2 am on the mountain; if all is going well, the next landmark/rest stop they reach would be The Balcony. From there I'm hoping we get an update real soon.
Glued to my computer like the rest of The Adler Army!
Praying for Fi & Paul's safety and strength,
P.S. Jo, I believe the mountain is about 11 hours ahead of you there in the land of Cheeseheads.
Posted by: Marlene Magnetic Island on May 23, 2006 07:00 AM AEST
Our hearts are in our mouths waiting on the news, you're living your dream good luck to both of you god speed Marlene
Posted by: Tina (Seattle, WA US) on May 23, 2006 07:19 AM AEST
I can hardly do a thing today just waiting for news. Our family just keeps checking for news that you are safe. We are sending all our good thoughts and prayer to you up there. Have a happy summit and a very safe decent. Please pass on our thanks to MARY, Mingma and Dasona as well. Warmest reguards. The Redmond family!
Posted by: Liane and the QECVI students (Ontario, Canada) on May 23, 2006 07:47 AM AEST
Climb safe Paul and Fiona!! We are cheering you on loud and strong way over here in Canada!
Posted by: Annette Dunphy on May 23, 2006 07:53 AM AEST
Dear Mary - What an adventure.Talk about stayed glued. I,m late for the Baths today because I had to read the latest. It must be happening right now and is so exciting. I've learned so much about Everest. If the Mayor of Brighton can send congratulstions, so do I. Love to you Mary, and Paul and Fiona- unbelievable.
Posted by: Anne Marshall on May 23, 2006 08:03 AM AEST
Awoke today breathless with excitement that today is the day! All is going splendidly - what strengths you have shown! Love to all from the Marshalls, Melbourne.
Posted by: Deb, Ned, and Holly Jordan, Tootgarook, Victoria, Australia. on May 23, 2006 08:11 AM AEST
Oh the dreams, and I'm just here in cyberworld - can't imagine what family and friends are going through! They're doing it now aren't they! Strong hearts and steady feet. x
Posted by: Phil - Sydney on May 23, 2006 08:14 AM AEST
Mary, As everyone, thanks for the updates. Fiona and Paul - not much else to say now but stay safe, good luck and happy climbing. It is awesome to share your climb and thoughts. Thank you.
Posted by: Jim C. on May 23, 2006 08:21 AM AEST
Climb safe..everyone is pulling for you as you know. Almost there and you will be before you know it. Watching and waiting..
Posted by: James Bilodeau on May 23, 2006 09:13 AM AEST
Paul and Fiona, gags friend here, hope you have a safe trip and make it to the top. BOL LOL
Posted by: Robyn on May 23, 2006 10:19 AM AEST
Will be thinking of you both today and sending lots of positive thoughts. How could I have thought Melbourne was cold this morning at 5c? Best of luck.
Posted by: Liz & Bill Inglis Torquay Victoria on May 23, 2006 02:57 PM AEST
Your adventure has been Breathtaking, Beautiful, Brilliant. WE hope you are standing on the top of the world together Right Now. Breathe easy, climb safely, rest well to you and your wonderful Sherpa's.
Posted by: ellie h on May 23, 2006 08:43 PM AEST
well done for reachng the top of mt everest. you have gone a long way to reach the top of the mountain.