Summit #5!

Great news, everyone… At 5:30 pm today (January 8, 2008) Antarctica time, we successfully reached the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif! It was a gorgeous day and we were actually able to comfortably spend time at the summit without hats and gloves. The official temperature was -8 and there was no wind with a clear sky. Brooke got some great video footage and we have photos to post on the website when I return. We are now safely back at High Camp and will leave tomorrow for Base Camp as we previously planned.  I am, of course, happily eating my celebration GUMMY BEARS!

This marks the 5th of the Seven Summits for me! I am so happy and thankful.

Climb On!



10 Responses to “Summit #5!”

  1. 1 kathleen January 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Wendy & Brook! Congratulations! Wey to go girls! Fondly Kathleen

  2. 2 Wendy Drake January 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Way to go Wendy!!! What a fantastic accomplishment Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure and see the pictures. Have tickets to see Spirit on the Marathon Jan 24th! Hold the date. Best, Wendy D!

  3. 3 lisa January 9, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    YEAH !!!!!!! YIPPEE !!!!!!! You rock Girlfriend!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you and so proud of you. Will let all the Chicks know. Can’t wait to talk with you. When are you back East?



  4. 4 Jen January 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Congrats, I was very happy and excited to hear your news. Way to go, have safe travels and I look forward to seeing you SOON!
    🙂 Jen and Shawn

  5. 5 Sheryl January 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Congratulations Mountain Momma (take me home, country road!)!!! I think it appropriate that you moved to Colorado…at least for a little while. Can’t wait to hear all about it! Talk soon,
    Sheryl 🙂

  6. 6 Mary Schubert-Schultz January 10, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Wendy!

    Congratulations on your successful climb!!!! We are sending out
    the good news to our friends, donors and invitees to the event
    on 2/5/07 in Bellevue, WA.

    I work for the MS Association of King County and have worked
    with Steve Esola of TEVA to put together our February fund-
    raiser. We’ll be watching for your safe descent too!


    P.S. Glad the weather cooperated on the summit, so you could relax and really enjoy the conquest!!!

  7. 7 Dorthe January 10, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    WOW, I have been following you every day, I am so proud of you.
    Large skim latte and bagel w/butter and jam awaits you at Cape Ann Coffees.

  8. 8 Todd January 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    You make us all proud of you up here in New Hampshire. Our thoughts, admiration and love will always be with you on all of your adventures. Now on to the Mother Goddess of Earth.



  9. 9 Tim Garrett January 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I’ve been thinking about you down there and I’m so proud of you!!! Is there nothing you can’t do?!

    I wish you were coming to Austin!

    See you!

    Tim Garrett

  10. 10 Maida Broudo January 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Way to go Gwendolyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How cool is this!!!!!! Can’t wait to see the pictures and how great you must feel.

    I hope the descent is OK…was Ok……that part is hard to….how do you go “down” an icewall?

    Can’t wait to see you!!!!!

    So much love,


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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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