Friday, 22 May 2009

On top of the world!

After a fairly tense day yesterday knowing that 9/10 of the Himex team summited but no details of who, I received a call from Chris this morning from Base Camp reporting that he had reached the summit.

Those of you who know Chris well will not be surprised to learn that he was the first of his team to make it to the top and he did it in a remarkable 6 hours 5 minutes, when the more ‘normal’ time is around 9 hours. A superhuman effort!

He was looking forward to a shower and a good meal and intends to sink a few beers in the white pod this evening.

Love to you all from a very proud Dovell household.

Kim
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27 comments:

Paul M said...

Fantastic news Chris/Kim.. Many congratulations from sunny flat Texas. Cannot wait to hear a full account and see the pictures. Well done again for accomplishing your dream and raising so much money..

mark'o said...

Chris, amazing achievment , many congratulations see you soon..

pscott said...

Truely awesome Chris. Very proud of you.

Pete, Nikki, Alex and Luke

sean.ofarrell said...

I'm welling up...no really! That is amazing!! Just get your yourself back down safely now and home to London so we can begin to celebrate this properly!!

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Tamsin Dovell said...

EXCELLENT !!!! WOW!!! Well done big brother, I'm so proud of you... and not surprised that 1) you made it and 2) you made it in such good time, thats so fantastic....xxx
look forward to seeing the photos on the blog and celebrating with you properly in a few weeks time in london. It sounds like you had pretty much primo conditions....
and of course I've got to ask...whats next ???! oh my lord, in fact don't tell me, I can probaby guess already !!!
lots and lots of love
Sis XXX

ukbasque said...

Brilliant well done Chris - top effort. Go and enjoy yourself in Kathmandu - there are several beers waiting for you in London!

Cheers,

Dean.

jdovell said...

ok ok...so u made it up...what took u so long !!!!! U've been gone since mid March !!! No really...amazing big bro.....really well done and incredible achievement....1st up as well....can't wait for film/photo's....dad would have been very proud as are the rest of us....bubbly on ice waiting
lv from us all brother-john xx

Anne P Smith said...

See my comments left on the previous blog few mins. before this one went up. lOTS LOVE VERY VERY PROUD MUM!!

Dover said...

Bear Grylls- eat your heart out. 2 years in the making - an astounding effort; words can't do it justice.

Sir Edmond was watching over you.

Just spoke to Marko - looking fwd to the beers. Now when you cross the road look both ways- you are almost superhuman- but not quite.

Kim can relax now

Brilliant

Dover

Catherine and Phil said...

Big big congratulations what a relief it has gone so well, it sounds like the conditions could not have been better, looking forward to hearing all about it. It was great to read your blog Kim to hear it went so well. Fantastic!

Phil Dovell said...

Excellent News from you both!!!! I never doubted that you'd do it. Fantastic achievement look forward to seing the pics and hearing the tale!!! Philip & Caroline Dovell

Geoff said...

You beaut - absolutely brill - well done

huwbie said...

WOW! part of a very select group, a truly fantastic achievement! Many congratulations, look forward to hearing all your stories .... take care on the way down! all the best from the Davies clan

Justin B said...

Dear Chris, Team Blyth are so pleased for you and your whole family. Spent most of yesterday evening from 6.45pm trying to visualise what you were doing and willing you on. As your brother John said ... not surprised at all that you did it ... AND in such an outstanding time ! Get back safely and we look forward to celebrating with you all. Best wishes to you and all of your team, fellow climbers, Sherpas and everyone out there who helped you achieve what has to be the ultimate challenge. Kind regards and Gods speed for a safe journey back to the arms of your family. Justin Tabby and Olly !

Linh said...

Alright mate, next time we see each other, you owe me a bag of rice and flour. OMG!! YES! YES!! WOOOOOO!! YOU ROCK!! Congratulations to all the Dovells! INCROYABLE!! FANTASTIQUE!!When you're back in England and well rested, call us so I can scream down the phone. In the meantime, you'll have to deal with CAPS and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dropping Julian off at school this morning, I told everybody and I'm posting on Facebook. Was there any doubt really? WOOOOOHOOO!!!! If you are able to visit in the Fall, we are throwing a party in your honor. ECSTATIC, SUPER PROUD, RELIEVED. Enjoy all the partying!! Love, Hugs, High 5s from The Matthews. xxx

Colin said...

Thats great news, well done! Take it easy getting back down.

Colin
Mount Everest The British Story
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tim said...

Absolutely bloody brilliant!! Delighted for you! Top Man! Look forward to celebrations! Tim and Debs

tim said...

Absolutely bloody brilliant! Congratulations Chris! What an achievement! Delighted for you and look forward to celebrations!! Tim and Debs

Henrietta said...

Chris, congrats !!!!! excellent performance, hope to hear from your news soon.

Henrietta

Anne P Smith said...

Chris: I have had messages of congratulations which I shall pass on to you : Steven and Debbie rang up and were so pleased, they had been watching the blog. Also Craig & Valerie from holiday in Corsica. Also Alan and Rosemary etc. tried to leave message on the blogsite but couldn't so I am passing on their congrats.
Lots love MUM - we are just off to Sosio and will have a glass of bubbly raised to you! xxx

Francis said...

Delighted to hear it - and most importantly that you are safely down. Dogs send their best too - they are hoping their beating you to the cairn on the top of all the Munros last summer was not the driver for you to be first of your group! Look forward to seeing you once you are back. Congratulations. Francis and Maggie

nancy said...

Congratulations-what a fantastic achievement! Safe travels on the way back to base camp.

Jean and Bert said...

Very well done, an excellent effort. So glad all is OK. Get down safely and look forward to seeing you and the pictures.

love

Jean and Bert

Sanders said...

Hi Chris,

On behalf of the family I send you our sincere congratulations on your achievement.

Have a safe journey home. Anne and Kim will now sleep peacefully !!

The Sanders.

mike said...

Congratualtions on a fantastic achievement. Makes we wonder what the next challenge will be to keep life interesting. Looking forward to assistng you putting back on those pounds with a good few beers

simon said...

Well done Chris. Stellar effort. We will raise a few glasses to you ourselves!
The Warrens