Heavy Traffic

We have been in Namche Bazar for three days in about an hour we head out and up our first really good view of Everest will be just around the corner -full on – the full meal deal.  Our little team in unusually small which I am thrilled by.  I have learned over the past few days that I am definitely playing in the big league and Namche all the way to base camp is now filled with every famous climber around.  I could list tons who are here from all over the world to make a claim.  The Discovery Channel and National Geographic just to name a few.  As I write this I just met the “Super Sherpa” who will be going for his nineteenth summit.  I told him I would be happy with one.

In Lukla I finally got to meet my little girl who is the first child we will be educating through the foundation.  She and her very young mama trekked from a far off village and waited for days for us to arrive in Lukla.  She was very frightened having never before seen a “whitey” blue eyes and blond hair.  That didn’t last long and soon she was chatting away and clasping her hands together every time I said Namaste!  She has a new wardrobe too since I couldn’t resist buying girlie girl clothes for her back in the states!

Perhaps it is the 36 Red Sox hats that I am distributing to my Sherpa team or my own cap I now wear or even the send off from the team with a Red Sox Nation banner and a reminder from them to “keep the faith”  So with that in mind we have decided to treat the climb as I was directed early on, as The World Series!

Robert says we’re fielding ground balls in the infield….we’re just warming up!

Climb On!


4 Responses to “Heavy Traffic”

  1. 1 Minna Blair April 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wendala…I am sooo excited for you…you are on your way….just remember we are all here thinking of you and cheering you on….glad you got to meet your little girl..Take care Love Minna

  2. 2 Todd April 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm


    This will be a very interesting adventure.. with the Chinese side of Everest closed you will be in the company of who’s who in the climbing world.. I know it will be an unforgettable experience.. wish I was there!!

    We will be celebrating Easter with your mother at her place.. you are always in our thoughts.


  3. 3 sheryl April 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Onward and upward girl…and remember the World Series is just that, a series. You probably won’t win them all, but can definitely advance after a loss. Take it as it comes and enjoy this adventure of a lifetime. GO SOX!!!! ”
    Sweet Caroline…”
    Sheryl 😉

  4. 4 Felicia DeMay-Berman April 10, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Simply want to reiterate that you are in our thoughts & prayers (and this being Passover AND Easter, you should be able to do great things!). I hold my breath every time I read your emails, so I guess I wouldn’t be a good candidate for the climb. We are certainly thinking of you (understatement). We’re planning to call Nancy tomorrow.

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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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