Preparing to move on to the Glacier

While most of us are enjoying a lazy Saturday morning Wendy and Brooke are settled down in their tents trying to get some rest before awaking early in base camp to start their climb of Baruntse 

Baruntse Base Camp

Baruntse Base Camp

They will leave base camp and head out on to the Glacier to the base of a 600 meter (1,800 ft) headwall with about a 60 degree pitch to it, once they have cleared the headwall they will be about a half hour from their next temporary home at Camp 1 Their Sherpa crew has been working extreamly hard preparing the fixed lines for their climbing route up the headwall and moving gear up to camp 1 Speaking with Wendy Friday night (Saturday morning for them) via their Satelite phone, she said that the rain has stopped for now, there are dense high clouds but you could see several mountain peaks with brief moments of sunshine as they were enjoying their breakfast and perparing to go out on the Glacier and take a look at the headwall. Wendy and Brooke are both feeling well rested and strong, both physically and mentally. May the weather Gods be with them as they work their way up this 7,220 meter (23,688 ft) mountain. Thanks for checking in and keep the good thoughts for them coming!!!

Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft

Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft


2 Responses to “Preparing to move on to the Glacier”

  1. 1 Wendy Drake September 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Hi Wendy! Jen mentioned your msg to me. Glad the waist belt works. Thx for letting me know.

    Jorge and I ran/power hiked up to Walker Ranch and did the loop this morning. Thought of you again as a I found myself step breathing up steep inclines. One of these days, I’ll be strong enough to run. We ended up at over 20 miles which was a lot more challenging than I expected. Nothing compared to your challeng though. Thinking really good thoughts for you and Brooke…one step at a time. xxoo from Boulder, Wen

  2. 2 Wendy Drake September 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

    PS I loved the Edelweiss picture….it says it all.

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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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