Time to Climb

I am quickly writing.  I look at the pile of equipment, clothes and gear that litter my tiny apartment.  They fill my apartment, how am I going to get them into a backpack? Even more disconcerting, how am I going to get that pack onto my back?

Well it is once again time to find out.  Later today I am heading for Quito, Ecuador to train and climb for the next two weeks.  Cotopaxi and Cayambe both about 19,000 feet.  These two mountains will provide some great ice climbs, crevasse rescue and rope travel as Brooke and I prepare for Antarctica in December.  This trip designed to make Brooke and I a strong rope team – resilient and reliant on each other we will travel as one.

Another adventure awaits!

Climb On!


1 Response to “Time to Climb”

  1. 1 Sheryl November 18, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Wendy, Hope you are safely back from your latest adventure! We are trying to plan for Memphis (ordering Graceland tix). Is your friend, Wendy, flying in with you and should we include her on the tour? I was going to reserve tickets for a Thursday tour as we may not be able to check into our hotel until later in the day. Let me know. Hope you had fun!!! Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll see you in Memphis! PLF…

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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.


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