Psych 101


 Something so totally unexpected – but the psychology of Everest is as important as the physical component of the climb. Perhaps even more so.


We wait.  We wait for weather, our health, wind, the internet.  We wait for our Puja ceremony, a load of supplies coming up from Lukla, rope to be carried to Camp 2, dinner!  We wait and we ponder.  And like a low lying fog creeping into our subconscious we have to be careful of  the tricks all this waiting can have on our mental toughness.  We’ve plotted and planned and trained so long and so hard it is difficult to now just sit and wait.  Hearing where other teams are or how high or how healthy, how strong only chips away at our own psyche. Ultimately our success, our safety and the pace by which we accomplish it is set by our Sherpa.  It is these amazing men who will forge ahead of us for days. First carrying supplies and then setting up ropes and establishing the route.  If they don’t go, neither do we.  And we don’t push it. We wait.


As Tom Devine taught me I am to “Define Major Purpose”

  1. Stay healthy (okay too late for that one so now get healthy)
  2. Keep nutrionally sound
  3. Mentally alert
  4. Listen to my guide and Sherpa
  5. Summit Everest


Other than that life is relatively simple – moment by moment, one day at a time……..and wait.


Climb On!




9 Responses to “Psych 101”

  1. 1 Sheryl April 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Those are words (and steps, okay maybe not #5) we should all live by. However, while you’re waiting, don’t forget to take in the moments…it’s the journey, not the destination–though that would definitely be a bonus. Now, news to carry you forward–the Red Sox swept the Yankees in their 3 game series at Fenway this weekend, ride the wave!!!
    Sheryl 😉

    P.S. Another FABULOUS beach day yesterday at Good Harbor! Even had to get wet, twice–water temp 50ish!

  2. 2 Todd April 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Beautifully written Wendy.. remember it is a job !!!


  3. 3 Della April 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Good things come to those who wait.


  4. 4 lisa April 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    just remember only the next step. and how is the journal reading? still on vacation and having a fabulous time. love reading your updates


  5. 5 Jonna April 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Life only demands from you the strength you possess.
    -Dag Hammarskjold

    Things are being delayed right now but everything does happen for a reason. Conditions will get better and the summit of Everest is not going anywhere, it is waiting for you. F.R.O.G.
    With Love, Jonna

  6. 6 Felicia DeMay-Berman April 28, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Nancy will be with us this evening — Don is bringing her home from the dentist — 2 implants — she is fine — we’ll feed her — and share your latest “waiting” message — As one of my high school teachers said, “Deep breathely!!”

  7. 7 Tanner Bixler April 29, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Don’t worry Wendy!,
    Everest IS 99.9999% a mind game. We didn’t get to camp 3 until our summit push because of the Chinese last year and still reached the summit. Just sitting around in base camp is actually doing you well. As hard as it is to maintain, stay strong up top and your body will follow. The Bixler family has you in our thoughts and prayers 🙂

  8. 8 kathleen donnelly April 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Namaste Wendy!
    A belated Happy Birthday to you! Double Nickels – I love it! The kids are so excited about your progress! April vacation is over and we’re bakc in full swing here! The kids loved the pictures and want to start fundraising for your baby – We’ll be collecting change and the class with the most money will get a pizza party! Can’t believe that time is going by so fast – We’re wondering where in the world is Wendy! Hung out with my son in CA – He belongs there! I could picture Alex and him becoming great friends in C A! Take care Love Kathleen

  9. 9 Charley Akers April 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Hang in there and stay focused! Your time is coming.

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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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