According information from a member of our Club Vitaly Simanovich, the whole team reached the summit of Mount Sidley. The weather was perfect, a temp of ascent was very slow, because all climbers were waiting for Paul. Vitaly and friends are amazing by the beauty of unreal scenery of Mount Sidley.
Congratulations to everyone! We're extremely proud of your perseverance Paul. Wishing you a safe return. Looking forward to hearing all about your activities and your photographs. Cheers! Mom, Dad and all the gang in Calgary!
Paul, well done! From the extended Bell family, who have been following your ascent. I climbed Kilimanjaro because you made it seem easy. However, my emulation of you stopped there! From now on, I can only take vicarious pleasure from your accomplishments. I can't even imagine how difficult this climb was for you, but we all are in awe of your true grit and determination.
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments! It was tougher for me than it should have been, I had boot problems - ended up with bleeding blisters and bruised ankle bones. Gave my boots (trojan horses) to the guide at the end of the trip. Added a chest cough to the foot pain 2 days before we left for the summit. Life is full of challenges :-) It was a fascinating trip - the Antarctic is a unique place. We had superb weather an a great guide. Some of my younger Russian colleagues forget to live in the moment along the trek, and that climbing is also a team sport - it takes partners to pull you out of a crevasse when you fall in - and then you forget all about whether the teams pace was too slow for your own personal taste. Actually, on summit day, we did the first 500 m ascent (3450 to 3950) in only 2 hours, which was arguably too fast. Anyhow, although we get slower as we get older, we also get wiser - Vitali, what is the rush? The scenery was amazing, stop and smell the roses. You and Olga also completely forgot to mention the impressive accomplishment of your own countryman Vyacheslav Adrov - Slava, very well done (!!!), you are now just the third person on the planet to complete the Volcanic Seven Summits - and the first Russian to complete all Volcanic Seven! You are my new hero ,-), it was a pleasure to climb with you and I hope to meet you on the mountain sometime again in the future ... Paul Nicholson
Nice work from the entire team. The scenery looks stunning there! Well, it never goes exactly by the book does it Paul? But by the sounds of it, great weather and a summit for everybody is a good result. What a trip that must have been, I must say I am jealous. Congratulations on your accomplishment, and I am looking forward to hearing more about it upon your return to another, much warmer desert.
Congratulations to Paul, Slava, Olga and Vitali on a successful Team Summit! What an outstanding accomplishment - we would all love to be in your shoes. Well, maybe not Paul's shoes -- ;-> --we were following you in spirit, and can appreciate your long journey to the top of the bottom. Safe Travels!