Base Camp!

We safely reached Base Camp on Mt. Vinson at 11 pm on January 2nd! The late arrival time didn’t matter at all because the sun shines 24 hours a day right now (the peak of summer in Antarctica). We have changed climbing routes due to some issues last year with the old route, and will now only stop at 3 camps throughout our ascent: Base Camp at 7000′, Camp 2 at 8700′ and High Camp at 12,200′. More to come soon…

Climb on!


4 Responses to “Base Camp!”

  1. 1 Jen January 4, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Shawn and I are cheering you all the way girl! On a side note, got your luggage/box in the mail and Steve said that there’s a 10-day policy on you picking it up or else your belongings go on e-Bay! HAHA!
    We are all rooting for you. Be strong, be safe. Love ya, Jen

  2. 2 Minna Blair January 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Wendy darling …..we are thinking of you and following you…hope you are staying warm….we’re NOT its freezing here!!!! Stay safe,looking foreward to your return..when are you coming back here?????? Have your fellow climbers figured out how crazy you are yet?????? Lots of love and hugs Minna,Pat,Kaya,Nigel,Tippy and Tyler

  3. 3 Wendy Drake January 5, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Go Wen!!! Your running buddies are cheering you on from Colorado!!!
    Wishing you clear weather from 57 degrees in Boulder today!

  4. 4 Sheryl January 5, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Wendy this is a WAY better website than you had! It’s great to be able to keep track of you…I know I’m jumping ahead, but when do you come back to Glosta? We need a girls night out (Lisa has a new jacket and Pixie has seen Elvis!)
    Stay warm girl!
    Sheryl ūüôā

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January 2008

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 ‚Äď 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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