Paul, Fi and Mary to arrive Melbourne Thursday night
Paul, Fi and Mary have now confirmed they will be arriving at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport on Flight TG 0993 at 11pm on Thursday 1 June. They will be clearing Customs and Immigration in Melbourne after they arrive.
It's pretty late but for those who can ... all are invited to welcome them home!
Nick Grainger on behalf of the site admin team.
Posted by: Jac & Luke, OZ on May 31, 2006 07:54 PM AEST
Posted by: sue w on May 31, 2006 08:38 PM AEST
Hi Mary, Paul and Fiona
Catching up after a couple of days away working. Great to know you can now relax and enjoy yourselves. Who knows you may even be home before you read this. After the news of the last couple of days it is so good that everything went well for you. Speak to you soon.
Posted by: Glenda Baker. Frankston. Victoria .Australia. on May 31, 2006 10:06 PM AEST
Great News Fiona, Paul and Mary,
We will all be so happy when Flight TG 0993 touches down at Tullamarine. I know one very special Nanna Hanton won't sleep until she knows those wheels are down. Oh what a journey! I'll bet you can't wait to get into your own bed and perhaps a soak in a very deep, warm bath. Wow!
Welcome back, Glenda.
Posted by: Jo on May 31, 2006 11:49 PM AEST
How I wish I could be there to welcome you both back, if I lived in Australia! (It's a bit of a hike to get there from WI at that time of night ;) Anyway, I, too will miss you daily climbing updates - here's looking forward to your future. I do hope you are all willing to share more of your thoughts in reflection once you get home and settled. I am sure there's so much to think about. Lots of rest and relaxation on your long flight home -- this has been a real pleasure to follow. I can not say it enough -
Posted by: Simon Morris on June 1, 2006 12:23 AM AEST
Hi Guys, I hope to be there at 11pm when you touch down. Hopefully Jacqui can be with me, however she has been very busy over the last few days and is quite tired. If not, I will come along myself. Regards, Simon.
Posted by: JillU, Dallas, TX, USA on June 1, 2006 12:54 AM AEST
Paul, Fi, and Mary,
Thanks for the journey!
Posted by: Kath and Tuck, Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 1, 2006 02:07 AM AEST
Great news guys!
Enjoy the homecoming celebrations.
Posted by: Donavan on June 1, 2006 02:21 AM AEST
"There's no place like home...!".
And they didn't even have to click their heels together!
Posted by: Kim Tuccitto, St. Paul, MN, USA on June 1, 2006 06:00 AM AEST
I too will miss your daily updates, but I'm happy you are making it home safely. I have enjoyed all you have offered this climbing season, like I said in an earlier post, it's like reading a live book! I don't even have to be a climber ... I'm there! I'm glad I also found your website ... Thanks
Posted by: Daniel , netherlands on June 1, 2006 06:02 AM AEST
I enjoyed every update there was on Everestnews.com (especially yours).
Many thanks for following your journey.
Posted by: Jean & Frank Holt on June 1, 2006 09:02 AM AEST
We're so glad to hear you are almost back. We'd love to be there to meet you but it's a fair journey from New Hampshire, USA. We've greatly enjoyed reading your posts and following your journey. We will miss it. Safe travels!
Jean and Frank
Posted by: Daryl on June 1, 2006 09:24 AM AEST
Welcome back treckers - speak soon
Posted by: Rosemary & Dave Abbott on June 1, 2006 01:33 PM AEST
We'll be there in spirit (esoteric and liquid) welcoming you on the tarmac but alas, too far to travel to greet you in the flesh. Dave and I have really enjoyed your journey, you've achieved so much - a really positive pair in a year when climbing Mount Everest seems to have been blighted by accidents. When I'm doing things these days, things I'm not enjoying but need doing, like vacuuming when my back's crook, my mantra has become: 'Fiona summited'. And I've recently taken up tennis, can barely return the ball but I keep trying because that little voice in my head reminds me: 'Fiona summited', or I'm dealing with a difficult situation: 'Fiona summited'. So thanks Fiona, you're an inspiration to us women and thanks to you too Paul for making the whole thing possible and for sharing it with us. Look forward to you more considered responses to our many queries, after your return - Rosemary & Dave
Posted by: Bill Sims on June 1, 2006 02:47 PM AEST
Just relaxing here in my comfy bed with the laptop reading a great description of the route and challenges up Everest at http://www.mounteverest.net/expguide/route.htm
...and thinking about your experiences. It describes how no one talks as you're leaving camp 4...and the fear on everyone's face going off in the dark,... and about seeing the Everest ghost - the reflection of the mountain on the clouds as the sun breaks. (did you see it?). I really would like to try it someday. In the mean time...you are an inspiration. I was mountain biking today (on the trails of flat Florida) and after 2 hours hit my limit. I had a Paul and Fi flashback, and picked up the pace for another hour. Thanks.
Bill and Family - Jax, FL.
Posted by: William Popper on June 1, 2006 05:03 PM AEST
Paul, Fiona and Mary,
I would like to also affirm what has been said here by so many others about your determination, achievements and inspiring dispatches and images.
Hope that you all have a most memorable reuniting with family and friends.
Posted by: Robyn Carter on June 1, 2006 06:07 PM AEST
Congratulations Fiona and Paul on your wonderful journey and I'm glad to hear that you will shortly be home safe and sound. I'm sure you will have a huge welcome home at the airport and you will be looking forward to catching up with everyone and sharing your experiences. Congratulations again.
Posted by: Kyna Hart, Hamilton, NZ on June 1, 2006 07:36 PM AEST
Congrats from all six (!) of us over here. (Human, horse and hound.) Know you'll enjoy seeing your own four-footed fluffies again - you must have missed them so much, even with Mallory as a stand-in. ;)
So stoked for you guys. Enjoy your homecoming. xo
Kyna, Mal, Jemimah, Matilda, Tank-girl and Pegasus Bay.
Posted by: Beth, Ohio USA on June 1, 2006 11:24 PM AEST
My thoughts are with you today as you celebrate your homecoming. We've all benefited from your wonderful inspiring website. When time allows it would be interesting to check and see how many hits the website has had over the last 3 months. I know I checked in quite often, especially in the month of May!. I feel like we are a special group/team of the Paul & Fiona family circle. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your Everest experience. Fondly, Beth-USA
Posted by: Kennette Hayter - Gainesville, Florida on June 2, 2006 12:21 AM AEST
Dear Paul and Fiona,
I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. I know that the entire continent must be waiting your arrival home and for the grand celebration. I only wish that I were there to celebrate with you. You are two of the most inspiring young people that I have ever met, I adore and admire you and feel quite honored having spent time with you. Your smiling faces were always a welcome sight and I wish you well in all that you plan to do in the future. If you are ever in Florida look me up and we can do the tallest hill 345 feet or the University of Florida stadiums!!!
Posted by: Sharon - Richmond, Virginia USA on June 2, 2006 07:15 AM AEST
Congratulations on your accomplishment! In all the years I have followed the expeditions on Everest news, I enjoyed your postings the most! You brought a human side to the bigger story. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Nikki Walford on June 2, 2006 10:26 AM AEST
Hi guys have followed your climb a buzz and a achievement.... I had no idea what it meant to take on a mountain let alone Everest! Congrats to both of you! welcome back and thanks heaps for the ride certainly Everest (and those who climb) spark reactions and energy in people ......that alone has got to be a great thing! Enjoy being home while you contemplate your next challenge! Nikki, Kita and Alexander xx