Camp 2!!

1/4/08: Brooke and I have successfully reached Camp 2 at 8,700′. The climb from Base camp was approximately 7.5 miles and took us about 5 hours. The area was heavily crevassed and we arrived around 2 am (Antarctic time!). It is incredibly beautiful here! The snowy landscape and the sky seem to blend together. Right now I am looking at a headwall with a 45-50% angle that we will have to scale tomorrow as we climb to High Camp. We’re expecting about 1000 meters (6 hours) of very technical climbing ahead.

So far, I haven’t even needed to don my new down suit. Right now I’m wearing 4 tops, 3 pairs of pants, a down coat and a hat – and I’m perfectly comfortable. Although the temperatures are frigid, the sun shines brightly on the snow most of the time and it is pleasant. The sun never sets – it only sinks low behind a mountain range for a few hours and that’s when the cold really hits.

Saturday we will be climbing to High Camp where we will cache a lot of gear. Hopefully Sunday can be a rest day before our push to the summit. Cross your fingers for Monday – it’s the BIG DAY!!!

I’ve been unable to make recorded conference calls as planned due to the bad satellite signal, so blogging will have to suffice for now. Thank you to everyone who is supporting my mission and cheering me to the top!

Climb on


6 Responses to “Camp 2!!”

  1. 1 lisa January 6, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Girlfriend,

    We are thinking of you all the time and will certainly send you lots of love and support on Monday. Go Hanson Go Hanson! The boys send their best. In fact just the other day I overheard Baby Love bragging to a classmate about Mrs. Booker, the mountain climber. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure.

    Miss you


  2. 2 Mike Grandmaison January 6, 2008 at 5:32 pm


    The blog is great. I sometimes feel that I am there with you (though it is nice to be in a warm house).

    Keep up the good work.

    Happy New Year!!


  3. 3 Katie Claggett January 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Wendy, I am so proud of you and so excited about your summit and great success so far. I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
    Sending warm wishes from Saint Louis,

  4. 4 Joyce Smith January 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Wendy,
    Sisteroo, I am off to the Bahamas…..someone in our family likes to be warm and toasty. Have a wonderful and safe climb and I’ll be thinking of you . Love you. Joyce

  5. 5 Maida Broudo January 7, 2008 at 12:52 am

    OMG Gwendolyn…….Monday morning means mundane work to many, but not YOU!!!!! You are doing your OWN HARD WORK! How cool is this…..makes me feel so small, and I am so proud of you! Bobby too!

    You go girl! I hope you can read this……You went from stay at home housewife to climbing the 7 Summits….You are AMAZING!


    God Bless you,


  6. 6 Jen January 7, 2008 at 1:05 am

    You go GIRL! I’ll be thinking of ya all day tomorrow.
    Best, Jen and Shawn

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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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