FIONA SUMMITTED MOUNT EVEREST AT 7.55 THIS MORNING !!
I HAVE JUST SPOKEN TO HER AND SHE SOUNDS FANTASTIC!
SHE IS FINE, BUT TIRED: PAUL WAS ABLE TO SPEAK TO HER ON A
2WAY: IT WAS WONDERFUL TO HEAR
MY STATEMENT EARLIER ABOUT PAULS OXYGEN: THERE IS NO
EVIDENCE OF ANY OXYGEN SYSTEM PROBLEM: IT APPEARS AT THIS STAGE TO BE AN
Fiona is traveling 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. Mary
Earlier: South Summit: As I sit here in the Comms tent, I can hear
the Sherpas reporting in (in Sherpa!) to Jangbu who then interprets its for
me. It has been perfect climbing weather through the night (daylight is just
breaking) and Paul and Dasona have reached th South Summit. Daysona reports
that Fiona and Mingmare not far behind.
The South Summit is the last big one before the Hilary Step.
Will keep you posted as I hear. Mary
Earlier: The Balcony: As you can imagine, it is very difficult for
either Paul or Fiona to have any sort of conversation with Base Camp as they
are wearing oxygen masks and really concentrating on their climb.
Their Sherpas have radioed in that they have both reached
"the Balcony" and things are fine. I am sleeping (very lightly) in the
Communications Tent, so will pass on news when I hear it. Mary
Earlier: 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 privileged 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
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