Archive for June, 2007

A leap for the future!

As I told Alex before he jumped out of a plane yesterday from 15,000 feet, live life to the fullest,  never have a regret and go after your passions.  As I watched him jump I had a huge lump in my throat.  Three causes…..I all of a sudden watched him fall and felt that maternal rush to guard and protect my child. 2. I was scared to death of my own impending exit and #3  Anyone can give their kid a computer for their high school graduation but this he will remember the rest of his life!

Way to go Alex!  Now the sky truly is the limit.


Hola Mr. Cleere’s Class!

Mr. Cleere’s class you were awesome!  A twelve hour day and a summit of Monadnock!  We sure showed those other ‘older’ kids what we were made of didn’t we?  You scrambled, crab crawled, got wet, muddy (very) ate dirt, hot dogs! fell, laughed and cried.  Every thing a good mountaineer should experience and you did it all with the biggest smiles I have ever seen.  Sweeeeet!  Alex and I had a day to remember and I will carry your spirits with me on my next big peak.  You have given me so much inspiration and as I told you all, whenever I think I can’t make it or must turn back I think of all of you and keep on pushing.  Thank you for the incredible book you wrote!  Thank you for the incredible year you gave to me.

 Climb on!!!

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June 2007

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.