Gonna Take You Higher

Found a cyber cafe now known to be the highest in the Himalaya. I thought it was in Dingbouche but apparently the samer owner opened a new one 3000 feet higher – got to love a monopoly. We are now a day out of Everest Base Camp tomorrow will see us there after a twelve day trek and an elevatioNow not monn gain of  over 8000 vertical feet.  We have intentionally traveled slowly, resting often in tea houses and continuing to monitor our health.  This is now the name of the game as staying and sleeping at lower altitutde strengthens the body for the higher altitude.  We will be one of the last teams arriving at base camp which is fine with us as many have to return to lower elevations as they ascend too fast and suffer altitude problems.  Now we also have to monitor our physical health as many fall ill from the poor sanitation.  Already we are seeing many with stomach and respitory trouble and gettin g better takes longer the higher  and up one goes.  Staying healthy isn’t easy as the quarters are cramped and sanitation, well I’m not so certain it really exisits. Purell hand sanitizer is as good as it gets.

We play endless rounds of Hearts but it seems our climbing Sherpa Dawa Tenzing wins every time.  Our little team is feeling great beaming from ear to ear and digging every moment!  I’m happy because this cyber cafe is only a five minute breathless hike to my tea house!

Next blog from base camp. 

Climb On!


19 Responses to “Gonna Take You Higher”

  1. 1 Sheryl April 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Wendy, sounds like things are as good as they get, I’m so psyched for you!!! Hey who’s deck of cards are you playing with anyway–perhaps Dawa Tenzig has a secret! Slow and steady girl…carry on. Thinking about you everyday. GO SOX!
    Sheryl 😀

  2. 2 Mark Fry, Nashville TN April 15, 2009 at 11:39 am


    Since you spoke here in Nashville at the WAMS luncheon, I have been asked almost daily “Where is Wendy and how is she doing?”. I have enjoyed reading your blogs and I will pass the news on during the day to others and pray for you and our team in the evenings!

  3. 3 Della April 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Wendy, you are an inspiration to all. Keep up the spirits and the energy. Know that we in Colorado are thinking about you and praying for you every day. I am so proud to be your friend.

  4. 4 anthea April 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Wendy: Am following your teahouse stops along the way! Thrilled to hear your progress to Base Camp. GOOD LUCK – have a jolly good climb – we will be with you all the way. (Had a class with Carol this am – several of us are following you) Anthea

  5. 5 lisa April 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hi honey

    So good to hear from you today. How exciting to reach base camp. baby steps. just think about the next one. stay strong


  6. 6 jon devore April 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    You don’t know me but a friend, Tom Devine, brought your climb to my attention. As he often says, “Living the dream!” Reading your blog and just knowing of your effort is intresting and very exciting. Best wishes for all.

  7. 7 Steve Dest April 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    ‘Wonderfully inspirational and exciting progress.
    Praying that you remain oxygenated, warm, energetic and footsure.
    See His face.
    RHS ’72

  8. 8 TOW April 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Greetings from The Other Wendy!

    In my world, “roughing it” means having to carry my own bags! You have given the term a whole new meaning I couldn’t even come close to living up to. Every time I play Hearts on the computer I’ll think of you. Looking forward to how the final piece of this incredible journey turns out. Thanks for the updates.
    Shoot The Moon!

  9. 9 Rob Gagnon April 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Wendy!…sounds like all is going well. Congrats on reaching base camp tomorrow – take one step at a time!…thinking of you and look forward to more updates!!!

  10. 10 Rena Norcross April 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Be strong Wendy! Mark and I at dinner had several people approach us to ask how you were doing. We are watching and waiting for every report. This is so exciting for us way down here at almost sea level! We are saying a prayer for you and your group.
    Rena in High Point

  11. 11 Jane & Ray Shaw April 18, 2009 at 12:24 am

    You are now famous!!! You made the front page of the Gloucester Times and for a very good reason, and no criminal activity involved!!
    You are truly an inspiration to all.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

  12. 12 Felicia DeMay-Berman April 18, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Ran into Alex today — and I cannot tell you which smile was most broad when we discussed the fact that you were at base camp. This website is the BEST — those of us who care would be NUTS otherwise.

  13. 13 Carol April 19, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Hey Wendy,

    So glad tohear that things are going well. Stay the course. Hope you are still able to listen to your Ipod – Practical Magic.

    Thinking of you every day.

    Much love,


  14. 14 Carol April 19, 2009 at 12:32 am


    Glad to hear that things are going well. It sounds like your group knows how to do it.

    With much love and Practical Magic.


  15. 15 Wendy Drake April 19, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Hi Wen!
    Missing you here in Boulder. We had a massive snow/rain storm in the last two days. Heading to A-Basin tomorrow early. I will take a couple of steps for you at a much lower altitude and send good health your way. So very, very proud of you woman!
    xxoo, Wen

  16. 16 Carol April 21, 2009 at 12:09 am


    Thinking of you on Boston Marathon running day. Hoping all is still going well. I’m trying to get out there and run so that I can run with you on your return; but the knees just aren’t what they used to be nine years ago!!

    Love you lots


  17. 17 Minna Blair April 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Wendala…Hi Honey…wow you are at base camp…way to go….my computer has been busted for days so I haven’t been able to access your blog until this morning when it miraculously came up …this is a good omen…thinking of you every day…take it slow and easy…by the way you made it on cover of Cricket and this past Sundays Golbe North front page….we are ALL with you sweetie Love n’hugs Minna

  18. 18 anne letendre April 23, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    WAY TO GO GIRL!! You are the best!!

  19. 19 anne letendre April 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    So happy for you!

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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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