Archive for September 17th, 2008

Baruntse Base Camp

We’ve made it to Baruntse Base Camp and are enjoying 2 days of rest.  The Sherpa are putting in fixed ropes and getting the route ready for our climb – which should be the day after tomorrow.  I had a bath (sort of) and got my grimy hair washed at last!

We enjoyed ‘puja’ yesterday with another climbing party that was passing by.  They had a llama with them (fun!) and now our camp site is decorated with prayer flags.  The ceremony was beautiful with Buddhist chants, prayers for safety and blessing, and incense.  The purpose of puja is to communicate with God, to keep a thread of continuity to life and to honor relationships between this physical world and the inner/spiritual worlds.  It was very touching.

Best of all, I got to talk to my new class of kids at McKay Elementary in Boston.  They are a wonderful group with insightful questions, lots of enthusiasm and I can’t wait to meet them in person!

More to come soon…

Climb on!


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September 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 – 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.