Goin’ Back To Kathmandu

Well Bob Seger had that one right.  Brooke and I arrived back in Kathmandu about three hours ago in the torrential rain.  It’s the tail end of the monsoon season here in Nepal and we return four months to the day since we left. 

While we were jetting our way across the globe in the past 24 hours China has once again decided to close the borders into Tibet.  The news was not a total surprise but things are still confusing.  Another climbing expedition was granted permits to climb Cho Oyu but no visas to enter Tibet.  The contrary is also happening, visa granted but not the permit. In order to climb Cho Oyu one needs to have both in their possesion.  The climate and situation seems to change by the minute so we are still holding out a thread of hope.  But!  “Plan B” is also in place meaning a seven day trek through the Himalayas to Barunste.  This is all part of the sport of mountaineering as so many of these major peaks are in countries with difficult access.  It is what it is and we have to be flexible and learn to adjust.  Just the way we do when we are actually on a climb.  So although not the mountain I was prescribed to climb a few years ago, Barunste will give me the Himalayan experience and prepare me for bigger things in my future.

We drove from the Kathmandu airport to the Yak and Yeti Hotel in the heart of the city.  The once terrifying trip this time was familiar and the chaosis and intensity of the city brought a huge smile.  I’m back and I feel very much at home in this country.  When we arrived at the hotel I really knew it when all the bellhops greeted us and said welcome back!

Stay tuned as things seem to be changing rapidly.  Tomorrow we do a gear check and possibly head to the mountain Sept. 2 we just don’t know what mountain or in what country but hey, that’s what makes life interesting right?

Climb On!


2 Responses to “Goin’ Back To Kathmandu”

  1. 1 Jen August 31, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Wen,
    No matter what mountain you end up climbing, just know that it will be excellent training and that you have prepped well this summer. I’m proud of you and will be thinking of you every day while I am cycling and running!
    🙂 Trainer Jen
    p.s HI BROOKE! Be safe and have fun!

  2. 2 Beth September 1, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Hi Wendy
    Great Web Site
    Fish Chicks are running the cape tomorrow
    You will be in our thoughts
    Good Luck

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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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