I wasn’t planning on hiking a half hour uphill to the tiny cyber cafe in the shadows of the highest monastrey in the Himalaya-but I was getting rather bored and antsy. Brooke, Robert Link and Tom decided to remain prone and hang out at the tea house. Huffing, quite literally, I kept asking myself why I was doing this when I too could have remained in my warm sleeping bag. Tea houses have no heat only wooden beds and hot Sherpa tea. Our little room was a warm 39 this morning. Wish I could tell you it was to post this blog but I’d be lying. Just next door is a well known bakery and it was my turn to make the goodie run! Tomorrow we head even higher to Dingbuche then onto Lobuche, Gorka Keck (I really spelled that wrong) and finally Everest base camp. Word coming from there is that the weather is horrid, fifty mile per hour sustained winds and heavy snow. We have decided to take our time on the trek in and enjoy the warmer 30 degree temps down here. No one is climbing anything at the moment. Now it is only about acclimitization and feeling great at the higher altitudes. Our Sherpa team is already at base camp and well established. Other members of our group are already setting up a camp sight at 19,000 feet (Camp 1) so things are well underway.

Excuse spelling foreign keyboard makes writing even more interesting plus a horse just walked into the cafe and totally blew my train of thought!


Climb On!


9 Responses to “Breathless”

  1. 1 Todd April 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Wendy’s guide service.. “Mountain-Link” has a website and someone is taking and posting pitcures of the climb with Wendy.. another way to follow the climb..

  2. 2 Sheryl April 11, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Todd, you’re awesome! Wendy, was it a horse of a different color? The weather is your friend, forcing you to take it slow, acclimate and succeed.
    Atta boy lady!
    Sheryl 😉

  3. 3 Rena and Mark / MaryMac and Buddy April 11, 2009 at 4:02 am

    We are following your adventure. Take care of yourself.
    Happy Easter
    Mark and Rean

  4. 4 bobtheisen April 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    That was actually me coming to say HI!! But once again I fell off..LOL Wishing you the best , my friend

    Take Care, Bob

  5. 5 Tim April 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    A horse!? You should have brought Mary Jordan with you – she’s the horse expert!

    Can’t wait to hear the stories…

  6. 6 Mike April 12, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I am excited for you. You should take it all in and enjoy every step of the way. 39 degrees sounds wonderful. If only it was like that all the way to the top.
    Climb on! Good luck and good health.

    Mike G

  7. 7 Cinda Devine April 12, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Hi Wendy,
    Your half hour climb was worth it because we need to hear all about your adventure. Plus your tougher for it. Oh, by the way, how was your tasty treat? I am sure it was worth the climb especially if it was chocolate, maybe a chocolate bunny. Happy Easter! Hope all is going well and wanted to let you know….Alaska is cheering you on! Climb on!

  8. 8 Wendy Drake April 15, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Did you get a picture of the horse??? That is so fun!

  9. 9 Madge April 29, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Know our love and thoughts are there with you every step of the way! I hope the medal I gave you is with you. Can’t wait for your successful return to us. We love you and are so proud of you! God bless.

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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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