Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Summit: 8,850m

I MADE IT!!

Quick update...arrived on the top of Mt Everest, 9.15am Nepal time (0730am Dubai) - absolutely exhausted but totally elated as you can imagine.

Had a problem with the oxygen mask (not the oxygen system), which didn't work for 3 hours and slowed me up considerably in the middle section of the climb. Thankfully, we got it working again a 100 mtrs or so below the South Summit, and we completed the last section of the climb in good time.

Weather up here is beautiful.....it’s cold, but there's only a little wind, and the clouds are far, far below us. The scenery is just absolutely breathtaking.

And there's just me and Tindu on here, the highest humans on the whole planet.

Will be heading back down the mountain shortly and will give a larger account of what happened later.

Its hard to leave this magical place, but must focus on the dangerous descent.

Adrian

17 Comments:

Blogger Dawn Hayes said...

Great! You did it, as I knew you would. Really a great effort, rewarded in something you have wanted to achieve in a few years now. I’m thankful there were no more delays....this means my late nights as ‘Blogsite updater’ is officially over...unless I hear otherwise!

Alexander and Charlotte very excited their Daddy got to the top and looking forward to you coming home – lots of activities lined up...don’t worry, we’ll give you a few days rest!

Well done, Adrian....Reflect on your achievement and what it can bring to you!

Much love, Dawn, Alexander & Charlotte xxx

10:08 am  
Blogger Adeluck said...

Adrian, Dawn let me know early this morning and of course I let everyone in on your great achievement too! Nick asked if you burst into song. I told him that if you couldn't sing in tune before why would you be able to now!?
Everyone is exstatic. We're all very proud of you.
Safe journey down & back
Adrian, Jenny, Alice & Jacob & of course the many who've been watching your progress so closely

11:32 am  
Blogger Stokes said...

What an amazing achievement. We are both in awe of what you have done. Have a safe trip down.

Lise and Gyles

2:11 pm  
Blogger Julie said...

"CONGRATULATIONS" Adrian!!!!

Well done. Great achievment. All the 'Aussie Rellies' are VERY PROUD. Take care and have a safe trip home. Hope we can catch up and check out your photo's soon.

Love - Julie, Mark, Sarah, Dylan, Brenda & Sid. xxxx

4:32 pm  
Blogger DaveT said...

Adrian Emma and I are so delighted for you - only found out this blog existed today but what a great day to be able to finally make contact. Fantastic stuff - just incredible - have a safe journey down and God speed home.

8:12 pm  
Blogger Royston said...

Well done lad! Laughed when i read about you blowing up your A380... still a showman! I have sent a note to ARA secretary asking him to post your success on the Regt network. Got the text from Dawn this morning - she has done a great job of communicating too. Safe journey back old chum and i look forward to some stunning photos and stories when we see you. All good wishes, Snake

11:05 pm  
Blogger Royston said...

Well done lad! Laughed when i read about you blowing up your A380... still a showman! I have sent a note to ARA secretary asking him to post your success on the Regt network. Got the text from Dawn this morning - she has done a great job of communicating too. Safe journey back old chum and i look forward to some stunning photos and stories when we see you. All good wishes, Snake

11:05 pm  
Blogger Walter Riggans said...

Adrian, many congratulations on your incredible achievement. We have been following your footsteps and wish you a safe descent to base camp. We knew you would make it but our only worry is what on earth will you get up to next! The moon? By Airbus AXXX - of course.

Walter, Thelma, Emily and Sarah Riggans

11:09 pm  
Blogger Pauline & Daniel said...

Congratulations, great achievement! We've been thinking about you a lot over the past few weeks, now we can breathe easy again. So what next? You'll need to lead an expedition for a few of us...but maybe not Everest!

love Pauline, Daniel, Brogan & Maddyx

2:10 am  
Blogger Mark Curcher said...

Congratulations mate. Just amazing. We are so proud and happy for you. Looking forward to seeing you safely back in Dubai and seeing those photos.

Very best wishes.
Mark and Elena Curcher

12:39 pm  
Blogger Eugene said...

Agies

Fantastic news and really proud of you on your achievment. Your nephew Sam is already talking about following in your footsteps!
Sounds like you have had an amazing expedition and will look forward to hearing all your news as well as seeing the photos. Just one thing.... I had an airmiss with an inflatable A380 over Northern India yesterday - anything to do with you??

Safe descent and return.

Lots of love

Eugene, Paula & Sam

6:07 pm  
Blogger Mitchells said...

CONGRATULATIONS... What at Star!!

Great to hear all went well and you were successful in fulfilling your dream... it was a relief to hear you didn't have any problems with your "tent pole"!. A great achievement and look forward to hearing the stories and seeing the photos on your return.
Peter and Heather

9:18 am  
Blogger dale griffith said...

Adrian,

Your achievement has brought tears to my eyes. How fantastic an accomplishment.

Your superhuman efforts have made me and I am certain, untold others, take note of what is important in life and to ensure we do our best possible to accomplish all tasks no matter how insignificant they may appear.

Well done Adrian to you and all your climbing mates.

Warmest regards,
Dale

10:11 am  
Blogger dale griffith said...

Dawn,

Have already done as you recommended. Dawn, I must congratulate you as well for giving Adrian the home support which I'm certain he so much appreciated. I'm sure there were times when you questioned that but there was no way he was going to let you and the kids down. Such an achievement for you all. My warmest best wishes, Dale

10:13 am  
Blogger vikingdubai said...

Not much anyone can do to "out-do" you now...
Well done Adrian, we're proud of you AND Dawn for putting up with your adventures. Get back to Dubai quickly so we can celebrate...
Lots of love from Gonan and Johan Premfors

8:49 pm  
Blogger Jenny H said...

Adrian,

WOW, a walking role model of somebody who has a larger than life dream and actually achieves it!! What a motivational and inspirational person, coach, colleague, husband and father you are!

I think Dawn has been amazing in loving you so much by embracing your dream with you - keeping us all informed of your whereabouts and the media interest developed around your enormous quest! And in allowing you to pursue a very personal and passionate goal that has taken you away from your family. Alot of women would have thought about themselves in such circumstances, but not Dawn - what a woman!

Knowing you, I am sure that this is just another elaborate excuse for a party. And its going to be one hell of a party!

Well done and HUGE congratulations,

I leave you with one question:

WHAT'S NEXT?


Jenny

2:06 pm  
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