Archive for May, 2007

Besides the incredible news of Amy’s summit on Everest, my life has been hectic, busy and rewarding! I have been traveling for my sponsors for well over two months only stopping in Boulder long enough to change my clothes and do laundry.  But the experiences and the people I meet along the way make the adventure all the more worthwhile.

As soon as I am able I will post pictures of my latest adventures on the road.  I participated in an MS 150 bike ride from Miami to Key Largo, FL in April.  The highlight of the ride was a lap around the Hollywood, FL Nascar race track on the second day as we returned to Miami.  It was a blast to ride the ring on a road-bike and stay high on the pavement thanks to centrifugal force.  Earlier in the month I found myself on a snow covered Mt. Bachelor outside of Bend, OR once again taking “snow school” as I continually have to brush up on my ice axe self arrest and crevasse rescue.  The weather was true to form and we were blasted by high winds and wet snow.  Seems every time I decide to climb the weather cooperates and delivers the real deal.  I can not imagine how it is to train in warm sun filled skies!

Between the many appearances and speaking venues countrywide, I also was a proud Mom!  Jeffrey Booker graduated on May 5 from Northeastern University in Boston in Mechanical Engineering.  Way to go Jeff!!! 

Now I am home long enough to do laundry and prepare for the next trip.  Over the Memorial Day weekend I spent three glorious days in Moab, Utah climbing and cycling through the many national parks of the southwest.  It was amazing!  The vast landscape so different from any I have seen and much more fun to see from a road bike!  Lots of pictures and lots of laughs with friends.

Tomorrow I head east for a very important trip.  Alex Booker graduates from high school and I will be taking my fourth grade class from the Donald McKay school to the mountains!  After studying the “Seven Summits” for the entire school year this class will get a chance to climb a mountain with me.  I can not wait!  They are such an incredible group of kids my life has been made so much richer from just experiencing and knowing all of them.  I once again am amazed by this wondrous journey I have been on since my diagnosis in 1998. 

To culminate Alex’s high school years he and I will be heading to Chicago to skydive in early June!  For his graduation gift I am giving Alex a jump in honor of his achievements and as a donation in his name to MS.  What a metaphor for such a milestone in his life!

To the many new and old MS friends I have met while on the road my continued support and admiration for all you do with and for MS. To the newly formed ladies group from San Francisco, you are incredible!!!  To the many walkers, bike riders, marathon runners and all of you volunteering to make these events happen with and for MS you are incredible!! To Beth Ericson at UC Davis seeing you and catching up was a highlight for me!  I know we have much more to come as we forge a future with and for MS!

Jayme it is now time for your foundation to take off!  Thank you for asking me to be a part of it.  I am so proud of you and all you are doing with and for MS!  You’re about to take off like the star you are.  I can’t wait to be there for it!  See you June 16th.

And to all of you whom I meet while on the road, thank you for all you do for me.  You truly are the spirit and force that fuel and sustain my mission.  Climb on.

Wendy

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Amy J. Beeton

Just this past week my dear friend and climbing partner became the sixth British woman to summit Mt. Everest!!!!  Amy Beeton you are all that I want to be as a climber.  You have taught me so much and you know what goes on inside our heads as we reach for the sky!  I am so proud of you.  I am so proud to know you and I am so proud of all you have accomplished.  You made it!!! 


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About Wendy Booker

In June of 1998, this 55 year old mother of three was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. When first diagnosed, Wendy was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed nine marathons.

Mountain climbing became the next conquest. Wendy learned about a team of mountain climbers with Multiple Sclerosis who were attempting to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. With no previous climbing experience, she dedicated a year to hard training and set off with them in 2002. Although weather conditions prohibited the team from completing, Wendy attempted the summit again in 2004 on her own and she succeeded!

The feeling of accomplishment she experienced propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy Booker has successfully reached the top of six of The Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciuszko. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, still awaits for 2010.