Summit Day -It ain’t over until it’s over – May 19, 2012

( by SMS to David Lim )

SMS just in from Grant…

13 hours to the summit and back to C3. Little rest here, and then I will probably head down to North Col this afternoon. I’m the first one back so not sure about the others behind me yet. But i saw all of them a few hours ago. I was held up a lot y the large Chinese team. Nice weather today but windy and cold on the summit.. Feel good and would love a beer.

 

( through phone call to Stephanie)

“I feel tired but not too tired. The phone is dying so hope to recharge it lower down”

 

 

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Posted on May 19, 2012, in Everest 2012. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Excellent work Axe.

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  2. What a relief. You had us on tenterhooks here. Got up at 5 a.m. to check the computer for news. You’ve earned another donation from me. Colin

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  3. That is fantastic news…. congratulations on your achievement of summitting Everest! Your dreams and years of training have come to fruition…..what is next (apart from a long and well deserved rest!) You make the rest of us kiwis feel very humble and proud! Your loved ones must also be so proud of you during what has been a very testing time for you all since Debra’s accident. Have a safe journey back to your beloved wife. Toni

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  4. Woohoo! Well done Axe! Come down safely.

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  5. So proud of you Grant. Can’t wait to see you! Steady as you go and see you soon. Love Lou, Mike and Sam xxxx

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  6. awesome Grant. Have been checking the messages all day. Such a relief to hear your progress. Looking forward to the next update and a report on the climb

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  7. Congratulations! it is a lifetime dream achieved. So happy for you and loved following your postings and final victory! I am truly in awe of you! Take care….

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  8. Well done grant, it’s okay I’ve had that beer for you, cheers

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  9. Wendy Smillie

    Congratulatins Grant, have been following your climb, what an awesome achievement!! All the way from Matau to Everest, well done!! Have a safe climb down.

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  10. A well deserved summit Grant – you certainly have put in such a huge effort just to get back to the foot of the hill. Nice to have finally “knocked the bastard off” mate. Safe trip down * enjoy the thickening Os.

    So Grant did you manage to take my summit rock back to the top? For someone to have completed the cycle of my piece of Everest – that I carried back to Singapore and hopefully you have carried back to the top of the world by a good friend is sweet serendipity – the circle of life…

    Also well done to Steph & David – nice work!

    Cheers, Al

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  11. Johnny & Dawn

    Fantastic news of your summit Grant. You are the man! Well done. Get down safely.

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  12. Sound sound the clarion, fill the fife, throughout the sensual world proclaim, one hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name. (Can’t recalll the author) Well done pal.

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  13. Yeeeaaaaaah boyeeeee! Awesome news man, you must be stoked.

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  14. Big Congratulations Axe! Well done Buddy!

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  15. Kate Trewheellar

    Absolutely amazing! Congratulations Grant!! Safe trip down.

    Kate x

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  16. Congratulations Grant….an inspration

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  17. Way to go Axe!! Congrats all the way from Nashville, TN!! Well done, and now go have a beer or 5 🙂

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  18. one word for it AWESOME 🙂

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  19. Fantastic news!!! Great job. Be safe coming down. Looking forward to hearing more about your experience on top of the world! God bless.

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  20. Great example of goal achieved! Superb axemanship! Well done john foord you backed a winner , even if he hadn’t cracked it the top !the great journey we have been taken on – its still surreal that I can be home in bed and listening to audio of axe near the top of everest- it doesn’t seem right!!!

    Next challenge is to knock the top off a few tiger beers! I can probably mange that one! Cheers iain. Ps Crusaders 59 blues 12 and highlanders beat the bulls just in case you weren’t listening on the way up re hill!

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  21. Annemarie Weegenaar

    Congratulations Axe, amazing achievement!! Get down safely! Annemarie

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  22. Nice one General! Stoked for you. Get home safe! Will bend the elbow in your honour.

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  23. Lamby was a little over the top mate, but good work and well done chap….

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  24. Congratulations Axe!!

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  25. Kate (Isadora) Smith

    Here I am again, so excited for you. Hope the descent went ok, being in the UK we are always behind with the news Cheers Kate S

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  26. congrats from another Tennessean- Memphis. What an awesome accomplishment.

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  27. David Gordon

    Well done and huge congrats Axe, what a champion effort and well deserved. You’ ve earnt that beer.

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  28. Great stuff Grant! Congratulations on a job well done. Speedy

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  29. Grant, had been following your blog and keep refreshing for updates! So excited for you! What an inspiration!!! Kristy

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  30. Good job Axe, now come home safe

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  31. Kevan Mitchell

    Gots to agree with Uncle Rick here, Lamby was a tad over the top and very well done to you. Tommy

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