It Don’t Come Easy

Greetings from Everst base camp, 17,000 feet.  We arrived on April 16 accompanied by a bad case of the flu! As hard as I tried to remain healthy I know just when and where I contracted it!  Brooke went down for the count first and I followed twenty four hours later.  Hiking from Gork Shap to base camp with a fevor was probably one of the more difficult challenges thus far.  I have pretty much slept on and off since- feeling fairly sorry for myself.  Today I am slowly coming out of my stupor and can at least look upon the past four days as true ‘rest days” since that is all I have managed to do.

Our computer is up and running and I write this from  our communications tent which also serves as our diniug facility, movie theater and general hang out place.  I will keep this short as we are not  too certain of the cost.  But imagine!!  Internet from Everest!!   Life is good!

Climb On!


3 Responses to “It Don’t Come Easy”

  1. 1 Wendy Drake April 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    You made it! Congratulations. So sorry to hear you are sick. Hope it’s just a 24 hour thing. Sending healthy thoughts from Boulder from Jorge and Wendy. We are heading to A-Basin to ski freshies. Miss you!

  2. 2 Sheryl April 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Life IS good. Appreciate every second you have there. You are one of very few people who will ever experience this amazing adventure. You’re famous here. Articles came out in the GD Times and the Globe this weekend…
    And I think as long as you’re not internet shopping on Everest–imagine the shipping costs–how expensive could it be?!? Write often, I’m loving hearing from you. UGO GIRL! (and GO SOX!)
    Say hi to Brooke.
    Sheryl 😀

  3. 3 Carol April 21, 2009 at 12:12 am

    You go girl!!!

    I hope you have your “Mr. Hanky” for your cold.



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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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