Just another 9 to 5 day!!!

Just another 9 to 5 day for Wendy and Brooke. Departing from base camp at 9am Wendy and Brooke made their way up on to and across the glacier to the base of the head wall where they spent the day ascending the 600 meter (1,800 ft) 60 degree headwall. The weather was a comfortable 50 degrees out with light wind, high clouds, and most importantly no rain!!! By 5pm Wendy and Brooke had conquered the head wall and were resting comfortably in camp 1 at 6,100 meters (18,300 ft)  with some warm food and drink.

Nepal, Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft

Nepal, Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft

They will spend Monday making a carry to camp 2 while assesing their route as well. Their Sherpa crew has been hard at work setting the fixed line for their route and taking care of keeping Wendy and Brooke well fed and nourished. They will move up to camp 2 on Tuesday it should be about a 3 hour climb where they will spend the night and make their summit attempt on Wednesday morning. Wendy is extreamly excited, tells everyone hello, and looks forward to the next few days.

Nepal, Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft

Nepal, Baruntse 7,220m / 23,688 ft

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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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