Audio Dispatch from Mt. Everest

Audio Dispatch
This is the latest audio dispatch live from Mt. Everest; the third of Alan’s 7 Summits climbs.
Click to hear the audio: Everest 2011 Summit Call
These climbs are to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today.

Climb On!
Memories are Everything

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  1. Congratulations! Alan, we are very proud of you! I believe tears and smiles cannot describe about your current emotion and feelings! You made it! My friend!

  2. Alan, Your site has been a FAVOURITE of mine for about 2yrs & I follow your adventures with keen interest. Congratulations on your achievement – your determination and indomitability is well nigh unmatchable and definitely enviable!!! Wishing you well as you pursue your dream. What an inspiration you are! You are one in a million! Take care, Louise from South Africa

  3. Congratulations Alan, you are an inspiration to all of us watching your determination and dedication! Safe climb down.

  4. I have been following your progress and you are incredible. Congratulations on reaching your goal.

  5. Alan, I have been thinking of you all along the way! Your voice on the summit is absolutely incredible, and I could feel your emotion of the accomplishment, and your unending passion for your mission. There is no greater inspiration than that! Thank you thank you from all of us who wish to reach for the summits for their loved ones!

  6. hi, alan.
    since 2007 i constantly visit your site. that you made the summit finally this year for this great aim to generate lots of dollars for the alzheimer fund, wow, that’s really, really awesome!
    congratulations from cologne, germany.

    climb on and be successful by climbing the remaining summits!

  7. Absolutely wonderful Alan! Congratulations ! Be safe. . . . jenny, South Africa

  8. Well done Alan!!! Knew you’d do it! Your Mum was with you as were all of us. And we’re with you all the way back down. Thank you for your inspiration & bringing awareness to the journey of Alzheimer’s. It was great hearing you on top of the world.

    Bec in Sydney Australia

  9. Thanks Alan, you brought us all with you, will miss reading your updates once you get home..

  10. What a tribute to you and your mom. Very exciting. Very touching. This flatlander from Illinois thanks you for taking us up the mountain. Safe travels home.

  11. Congratulations from Amsterdam, Alan! It was great to see your name on the IMG’s list of summiteers!

  12. Just heard your summit message now! Wonderful!! Congratulations, Alan!! What an amazing accomplishment! Your Mom would be so proud! I’m humbled to think I climbed with you this last summer! Godspeed for a safe descent. Climb on!!

  13. “Climb on” says it ALL! Thanks for your message – filled with power, determination, inspiration, compassion and the bold reminder that, once we get through this part of our painful journey, we have the power to use our energy to CLIMB ON and help better the world. Safe travels to you, Alan – now and always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Joleen Firek

  14. Alan… I cried tears of joy along with you while listening to your summit audio dispatch. I am so proud of you. Thank you for what you are doing to raise awareness for this disease that took your mom and mine ….and so many other moms/dads. Cant you just hear your mom saying “glad you got that climbing thing out of your system”….LOL..

  15. I am so happy for you Alan, not only was it to the balcony and beyond, you jacked it all the way to the summit! What a fabulous effort on your part, what an effort for this bad disease. So proud of you and for you. Please be safe on the way down, so we can share in more of your stories, and memories.


  16. Bless you for doing this and putting Alzheimer’s in the minds and hearts of so many people. Your tender feelings strike a chord with so many of us and your positive attitude and diligent quest to help with the disease are uplifting and inspiring to all, but especially to those who are traveling the Alzheimer’s path with our parents, families and friends. Thank you very much.

  17. Alan,
    Just to say one BIG congratulations to you. I am very proud of you and you have earned your achievement. Keep safe and be careful on the way down…. I have followed your climb from Scotland and you should feel very proud that you have been able to stand on top of the world
    From Ana in Scotland, best of luck in the future.
    Wel done and climb on!

  18. Congratulations Alan!!! Make it down safely. I am eating a chocolate bar in your honor. Climb on and you have made those memories!!

  19. Comment number 103!!! So many people follow your progress and have been willing you to get to that summit and back down saftely. We were all routing for you and are so so happy for you.
    Climbing a mountain isn’t about the mountain at all. It’s not about the summit, it’s what you take from the experience. Alongside that, your efforts for the Alzheimer’s Society are remarkable. Your mum would be so incredibly proud.
    Huge huge congratulations. Much deserved.

  20. Your tears of joy are felt by all. Your reality is only the dreams of many. Be proud of your accomplishments and thank you for inviting us to share. Congratulations!

  21. Congratulations Alan!! VERY happy for you… you deserve this. Safe home now.

  22. Congrats! We’ve really enjoyed you’re blog the last few years. Great job finally getting to the top of this one.

  23. Congratulations Alan. What an amazing accomplishment! You are truly inspiration in your drive and commitment to spread the word and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and devastating impact it has on your mom, you and families across the world. In your words….Climb On!

  24. Alan, I’ve been following your blog for years, and I just knew this was your year. There are many many people whose lives you have touched without your even realising it. We’re all as proud of you for reaching the summit as any of our friends and family. Congratulations for living your dream today, and for being such an inpiration to others all over the world.

  25. Crying right along with you, my friend. Thank you for being who you are and doing all you do for those of us who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s ~ and those yet to be impacted by the disease. Warm hugs to you and your entire team. You are our heroes.

  26. Congratulations Alan, i’ve been following you and three dominicans on your journey!! being dominican my self and fighting against alzheimer as well with my dad! thank you for the cause ! memories ARE everything!

  27. Totally awesome! Thank you for sharing this experience with those of us who wish we could be there with you. And now I hope for your safe trek back so you can continue this amazing journey for Alzheimer’s research. Climb on!,

  28. Fantastic news Alan! I’ve been following your updates from day one and am so happy for you. Safe journey down and look forward to reading more!

  29. Well done! got up this morning and the first thing I did eas crank up the laptop and check the GPS. An excellent effort for an excellent cause. Climb on…

  30. Congratulations and thank you for al the information on your site for all these years.

    Jaco from the Netherlands

  31. Huge congratulations Alan, you rock!!! What an achievement, and what emotion! Your mom was by your side throughout the climb, no doubt about that. You are a star!
    Grania Willis

  32. Alan,

    What an accomplishment – tears to my eyes! God Bless, and have a safe trek back down…thanks for all you do for Alzheimers – truly the extra mile! I am thinking of my dear friend with Alzheimers, and know that he can be better as a result of your efforts – thank you.

    Wow, Kathy in Wyoming

  33. Way to go Alan , now get down . thank for all years you have been doing this sight , It help the people who can never go to Everest see thur your eyes , Way to go Karen and Jim

  34. With happiness tears in my eyes: congratulations. I’ve followed your blog and standing in basecamp just a few weeks ago, sent blessings up the icefall. Your message to me is definitely “if you don’t first succeed…. If it’s important enough: keep trying”. Get down safe.
    From South Africa.

  35. Alan…they “rang the bell” and you answered…what a stud and great time to the top fromC4…you were flying.
    You deserve it and “SAVOR” the moment…this is a “memory” that will last forever.
    “One step at a time” until base camp.
    Climb on!!!!

  36. Well Done!!!! I am so happy and proud of you and I know your Mom would be too!

    Kindest regards

    Viv Metz

  37. Oh I am so happy for you. Thank you for your work and kindness. My father and I shared climbing long ago but it is only my memory now as he no longer can remember. What a wonderful achievement.

  38. Full disclosure: I work with Alan on the campaign. That said, I share everyone’s excitement, pride, humility, and thankfulness at the wonderful accomplishment. I’ve been thinking of my Grandma all night, who suffered from this terrible disease. Climb On! Alan, and out very sincere and deeply heartfelt wishes for a very uneventful, safe, and speedy trip to Base Camp and on to home.

    I’ve been watching the GPS via all day and I still have chills as I watch you on GPS, having achieved the summit and now on your way home. Best to you and your family. Congrats to Kami too!

  39. Oh Alan, I am crying right along with you. I just got home and had a message from friend Dee who is also following you, and she told me you made it!!!! We listened to your audio together from one phone to the other and had tears of joy at your success. You were so strong and your mom was with you all the way. Get down safely and then bask in the light of this amazing accomplishment. You earned it! -Lori & Dee

  40. I can’t say enough how much of an inspiration you are! Not only for this climb, but for the cause you are fighting for. The community is anxiously watching your every move back down the peak. Climb on Alan! You, Kami, and the rest of the climbers on Everest stay safe on the descent!

  41. Congratulations Alan! We’ve been cheering you on from Reno, Nevada…so proud of your accomplishment!!! Now…for a safe return. Take care!

  42. Excellent work Alan- you earned the right to be up there. Great accomplishment!
    Greetings from sea level here on Cape Cod.

  43. Congratulations! Lori Schneider and I have been following your climb post by post. I’m so happy for you! You worked so hard for this. Way to go!
    Dee Johnson

  44. WOW Alan, I am so proud of for this amazing accomplishment on behalf of all our families! You have been so strong in every way. YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for photo’s & more news! You are the best!

  45. Thank the Lord he looked after you big time today.Thank you for your wonderful blogs and your fantastic broadcasts………and the one from the top was so appreciated there is so little air up there God Speed down the mountain,as one writer coined Getting down is mandatory
    DrDave South Africa

  46. Way to go my friend! Congrats on your huge accomplishment! Safe travels back down to camp!

  47. Cheers Alan
    Ihave never met you but have followed your Everest coverage over the past three years. I could never see myself at the top of the mountain outside my window let alone Everest, but you give everyone who frequents your site amazing insight into what it takes to accomplish such a feat. Absolutely amazing…I too watched you throughout the day and gave a hearty cheer, although there was noone in my office to hear it. Great job, and I will continue to follow you down!

  48. hi Allan, well done, you are a shining star. safe journey back. your mum will be proud of you. climb on. jim. p Hereford. UK

  49. Well played sir. Congratulations! Stay safe until EBC. Thanks for sharing your quest so eloquently. Fantastic effort.

  50. Alan,
    We were watching you advance all day with great excitement. We know how much this means to you and couldn’t be happier for your success. Thank you for all that you do for the Alzheimer’s community.

  51. Congratulations Alan !! Ida would be so proud !! I have to believe she is smiling from heaven and is so proud of you !!!

    We are so proud of you !!


    Phil and Vickie

  52. Congratulations on your summit and on overcoming the demons of your repeated past attempts! Wishing you a safe trip down. -Vik

  53. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! SO happy for you and all the rest of the summiters!!! YOU DID IT!!!!!!!

  54. Warmest, heartfelt congratulations ALAN– to you and your team ! you were 29,000ft + closer to your Mom and to all our loved ones by extension, and you have enriched and inspired all our lives and honored those memories. way to go, and come home safely. Have a hearty Western breakfast at Mikes in Katmandu on your way home! I’d say you more or less EARNED IT !

  55. Well done mate. You have done it…..nothing more needs to be said buddy!

  56. ALAN!!!!! What a night, what a day! How happy you must be. I cried when I heard your dispatch–thank you so much for sharing such a personal yet public moment with us. Please stay safe on the way down–let us know as soon as you reach Camp IV! I’m jumping up and down for you, Alan!


  57. Alan – the emotions touched us when you dedicated this summit to your mom. Truly an powerful message, coming from the top of the world. Thank you for touching both of our hearts…and memories!… – DK & AP

  58. Awesome, congradulations Alan, what a insparation you are,we have been following your climb from Prince Edward Island, Canada, great job, safe trip down.

    God Bless !

    Alberta & Mark.

  59. Oh Alan, Richard and I are so thrilled that you made it! Have been thinking about you and hoping it all went well. Talking to Cathy and reading your blog. So happy for you. You met your goal and succeeded in your life long ambition. We are so happy for you! Come home safely!

  60. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now, get yourself down that big, bad mounatin!
    SUMMIT ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Congratulations Alan! Stay safe on your descent! Thank you for raising Alzheimer’s awareness all the way up to the summit of the world’s highest mountain! My beautiful mom, Eleanor, is at the end stage and she conquers her own mountains everyday. Our family is grateful to you for all that you do to move us closer to the cure! World Up!

  62. Alan:

    You are a hero and thank you for raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. It is because of people like you that the world is a better place. Be safe. Sri.

  63. Huge congratulations, Alan! So happy for you, the realization of a dream — you did it! Can’t wait to hear all the details. Now get down safely!

  64. So happy for you Alan..your mother would be so proud of you! So glad you made it to the top of the world….Congratulations!!

  65. We love you Alan and a big big congrats from colorado…YeeeHaww!!!I knew you would make it this year,wishing you well and Be safe.Jason

  66. Wow… This is extraordinary! Be safe n stay focused on the way down. Congratulations!

  67. Congratulations Alan – so pleased for you and the rest of the team! Get down safely

    Totally awesome. blasted an air horn and rang bells here in the SSF office!

  69. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Your Mom is soooooo proud! If Mirjam + Jay are with you, tell them the Flemings are so EXCITED and Proud of them also!!
    Safety in your descent!! Do keep climbing on!

  70. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so glad you made it safely. Safe journey home.

  71. Way to go Alan! I’ve been reading your site for years and I’m so proud of you for never giving up and reaching your goal and making it to the top of the world. Get down safely. And congratulations again.



  73. You did it man…top of the world. I know you’ve waited a long time for this moment, so make sure to savor it. Congratulations!!! Have a safe descent to BC.

  74. Congratulations Alan! So stoked for you man – you deserve this so much. Remembering my Grandma too. Safe trip down.


  75. I’m thinking that you may have just become the first “native” Tennessean to summit Mt. Everest. Congratulations Alan from Knoxville. You earned this one!

  76. Congratulations!!!!!!

    I followed your coverage (the best) the last few years of other expeditions to Everest and I’m delighted to hear you’ve reached the top of the world! I’m not a climber just intrigued by the mystique of Everest. I’m also touched by the story of your mother as my own 70-year-old mother has just been diagnosed with Alzheimerโ€™s. Be safe on the way down.

  77. Congratulations Alan! I know how hard you have worked for this spanding many years. Your mom would have been so proud of you. I share in your happiness and joy in this moment. All other three attempts are erased. Now I pray that you get back down safely. Now go and get your free dinner at the Rum Doodle and your name on the wall . You deserve it. Climb on!

  78. CONGRATS ALAN!!! We are all so proud of you. You did it! Can’t wait to see pics from the top. CLIMB ON!!!

  79. Congrats Alan!! Sooo happy for you!!! Your half way there brother safe trip down!!!

  80. Congratulations Alan! Way to Go! I am very very happy for you! I can only imagine the view you have right now. I hope my camera can make those memories last forever. Have a safe trip back down. I hope the rest of the IMG crew are with you at the summit or on there way. Great Job!

    Take Care


  81. No surprise here….I told you weeks ago that Everest was yours this year. Congratulations friend, you deserve this so much.

  82. Awesome, my friend…awesome!!!!! So happy for you…….Woo Hoo!!! Way to go!!!!

  83. Congratulations Alan. You made it to the top and you did it in style! Climb safely down.
    Paul Adler.


    You’re half way there. Be safe on descent. Look forward to hearing all about it.

  85. Congratulations, Alan! Terrific job. Now get back down swiftly & safely! Can’t wait to hear about it more in detail.

  86. Words can’t hardly describe how excited I am for you! This is such a blessing and encouragement. We’re all so very proud of you for following this dream. Still very impressed on hour fast you shot up to South Col and the Summit. Now just get down safely ๐Ÿ™‚

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