Thank You

Still waiting in Puntas Arenas, but I guess it is better than waiting at -40.

I canĀ“t thank everyone enough for their daily words of encouragement and thoughts that we carry with us.  All of us are itching to get going on this trip and starting to worry about the remaining time available to do what we came to do. Barry and Dave are thinking about the route and the days left and sorting out the schedule for climbing; nonetheless, the greater the number of days we sit here, the less likely there will be enough days to approach the mountain.

35 Replies to “Thank You”

  1. todays the day

    Hey Heath!
    I woke up this morning and had a feeling this is it!! (I sure hope). what do you guys feel is the minimum number of days to still have a sucessful climb?? take care

  2. Cheering you on from Oakville!

    Hi Heather, Dale and everyone! You’ve taken all the right steps to this point and generating a lot of talk about your trip here at home.
    We have put in a request with the big guy to open up the skies for you and to calm the weather for your flight to happen soon. Here’s to an early wheels up. Love Billy and Betty Allison

  3. Dale and kindred spirits

    Do not despair!!So much has been accomplished already..look at the improved fitness levels of all..a mountain of money and awareness has been raised that will surely benefit those that will follow! Mt. Vincen will be the icing on the cake!
    “Nurture friendships for they give our spirits wings and our dreams a reason to take flight” All is well with the universe !!Your limits are being tested in ways you never imagined!
    love and best wishes
    Ynda (the younger and much taller sister of Yoda) and yes we are going crazy with anticipation.

  4. Agree with Friar John

    Today is the day !

    Stay strong ,stay focused and stay safe…. This is it!

  5. Today? Tomorrow? Believe it will happen!

    Pat and team – If thoughts, wishes and love could change the weather it would be perfect for you right now. Hang in there. Kyle says “hi Auntie Pat” and that what he wants for his birthday is for you to be able to “get going already”. I was talking to Lodzia the other night and told her I could send you a message. She was a bit incredulous but wants me to tell you to have a safe trip and that they are thinking of you. They send their love. Henry, Kyle and I send our love too.

  6. Waiting for something extraordinary…how ironic

    As we check the journal 3-4 times a day, in anticipation of your departure, it reminds us of our communications with Dale as he awaited a new heart.

    The Fire Fighters in Thunder Bay.

  7. Your Trek

    Heather – Following your venture and adventure daily. It’s incredible to be journeying with you in Antactica at the same time as I am following the heart related research of another favourite person who is currently at the McMerdo Research Station in your neck of the woods.

    Take care of each other and travel safely when you get underway.

    Joey Brown

  8. We are all proud of you


    We attended the heartlink winter party yesterday and our thoughts were with you all. We had a great time as usual but we missed you Dr. Ross. Even if you don’t have all the time that you hoped for I am sure it will still be an excellent experience. Love to all Patrick and Betty Barber Patrick recipient 07/04

  9. fingers crossed

    Hi Dale,
    I’ve been following the journals online and getting updates from my parents. I hope you get out there soon so the next part of your adventure can begin! Best of luck and wishes from Ottawa!

    Katy, Jonathan, and girls



  11. gam

    Hey Heather;
    Sorry about delay. Proud of you all no matter what. Will toast you in Screech and that should turn things around! Up sririts!
    Best to all

  12. Thinking of you

    Hello team,

    I have been receiving calls from a number of hospital supporters asking about your progress. It is heartening to be able to report as a result of this site and to let them know that in spite of the weather and the inability to move forward, you are all still eager and in good spirits. We pray that you will have the opportunity to complete your mission with success and safety.
    Linda Goldsack

  13. our thanks to you

    Dear Heather,
    I don’t know who’s idea it was to do the journal… but hats off to you. For the many of us who feel very unsettled knowing that you, one of the few individuals, who has touched our lives in so many different ways… is so far far away. This is a great way to keep in touch. Keep it up as long as you can.

    One question that has come up amongst the residents is “who is writing in the journal?”.

    another candle lit.


  14. Hi Dale and gang We are all hanging in there with you and keeping you in our hearts.Just got off the phone with you and we all appreciate how tough it is waiting. stay cool. Love Peg

  15. I hit the wrong key and sent my mesage before I was ready

    Dale:Since Fred and Diane were out to visit with us here in B.C,.we have been tracking your big adventure. We wish you the best of weather for the rest of your trip. Mal and Joy Sharp Kamloops B.C.

  16. Bob and Gwen L in Toronto are following your daily reports and their families as well.
    A courageous group, everyone of you. Best of luck!

  17. Hi Dale

    I hope the weather starts to cooperate soon. I have never logged into my computer as much as I have in the past few days. Its very exciting as an observer so I can only imagine how exciting it must be for all of you. We send out best. Love Margaret

  18. Hi Dale

    I hope the weather starts to cooperate soon. I have never logged into my computer as much as I have in the past few days. Its very exciting as an observer so I can only imagine how exciting it must be for all of you. We send out best. Love Margaret

  19. From the Newf’s

    Hi Tish and team,
    I am starting to think that we should send down some of our pilots as anyone who has flown into St. John’s could attest the qualifications of our pilots. The approach into our magnificient cliffs of our rock can be white knuckling. With that cross Northeasterly wind, blowing off the most easterly point it feels like you are on a pendulum. Throw a snow storm on top of it and it can be a wild ride.
    I know you all must be sitting with so many mixed feelings. From where I sit your courage and strength to be where you as is already testimonial. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Time for you to hit the local bar again and blow off some steam.
    Sending lots of love,
    Eileen, Mark, Jonathan and Sarah
    PS When Jonathan and Sarah are playing “school” at home their students are going to Antarctica. Really cute…thanks for being such great role models to them.

  20. Just thinking about your adventure

    Hi Dale
    I finally found the web, to send you our love and best wishes for a successful climb.We will be following the climb and are hoping you get clear weather.
    Little by Little Day by Day we can all attain the goals we set.

    Love Wayne, Liz and family

  21. Cousin Debbie in US

    Hey Dale!
    I just found out about your climb a few hours ago via Aunt Margaret. What an exciting and wonderful adventure. I hope today you will be able to start your climb. My family and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Good Luck,
    Debbie Coulter (Mabel’s daughter)

  22. Hang in there

    Dr Ross and teammates, all good things come to those who wait, there is no doubt in our minds here that you all will be very successfull with your journey. I realize it is quite frustrating being stuck, but when the right time and conditions present themselves, you will be on your way, play it safe, take your time, and above all enjoy every minute.

    you are all a success to me.

    Todd Scott

  23. Cheers from the Rockies

    Hey Dale and Gang
    Must be hard watching those clouds roll around when you just want to get going.
    This is where all your fire-fighting experience of being ready and waiting and then jumping in with both feet when the time comes, gets put to the test.
    Best to all of you.

  24. Heather and team
    You have all accomplished so much so far. The transplant team thinks about you all every single day, people dropping by the office just to ask how you all are. Dale, Mr. Mahoney sends his best wishes to you. Keep safe.

  25. Wishes

    Hi Heather et al,

    Sorry it took me so long to read the journal. I will try a few ancient mystical weather-calming incantations so you can be on your way.

    Love, Tom

  26. No News is good News

    Hi Pat & everybody, hope all are well and safe, no news from you today so hopefully things have improved and you are on your way…Be safe, we are all thinking about you. Your courage is amazing…your goal even more so..Nurses from GU.

  27. Best Wishes From Thunder Bay Mended Hearts

    Last night Mended Hearts in Thunder Bay had our annual Christmas dinner and all “hearts” toasted the courage and example of optimism that our native son Dale Shippam represents.On the eve of Dale’s new journey up a mountain, another of our support group members, Dan Mahoney has just had his heart transplant.The juxtaposition of one just beginning his heart transplant journey and another demonstrating the best of where the procedure may take you,gives us all hope and inspiration. Our best wishes to Heather,Dale, and all the project team in this endeavour!!

  28. No news…good news!

    Hello Tish and Team,
    We just looked on the site and wondered why there is no update! Gerry is here and the kids were pretty surprised to see him. Look forward to hearing some news. If anyone on the site has any new updates please let us know.
    Lots of love,
    Woodfords and Murphys

  29. Ian:

    We are not ready to receive you back without climbing the mountain! There is an active debate going on about what you would be like if you came back without making it up the Massif!!

    We are all rooting for the weather to clear up. Good luck!!


  30. Ice breaker to the resue


    They must be serving doubles – at single prices – at the bar you Guys & Gals are going to.

    Time to call Bro Glen & see if he can arrange for a CANADIAN ice breaker to come down and give you a lift over to Antartica.

    Hand in there – REMEMBER you ARE a SHIPPAM.

    Ellis & Geri

  31. Saturday in Schumacher

    Hi Dale and fellow team members, weather in Schumacher a grand plus 2.
    Hope your weather changes for the better and your climb begins.
    Its great reading all the messages and seeing all the families and freinds following your adventure. Makes one feel like we are there in spirit.
    Take care Dale
    Would you every have thought your gens would be on 4 continents at one time
    Love Wayne and Liz

  32. Dale and company

    You are all an amazing inspiration to us ! You guys have all made it to the top no matter what the outcome! Hang in there!
    Sue, Bill, Sara & Sean XO

  33. Dale and Heather and Team

    Well Donna and I have been going on the computer about every hour today to see if there are any messages. Hopefully this is a good sign and you are now on your way. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Stay safe and have a wonderful time.

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