Pictures/Video on Mountain Link’s Site

Hi everyone – Trish here again…

Wendy is high in the sky and the computers are down for the count.  Looks like you’ll be stuck with me as middle man for a while.  I just spoke with her via satellite phone and here is a quick  update:

Brooke is posting photos and video whenever possible to the Mountain Link website.  Visit to see the latest news.

Here is slideshow of early photos from the mountain as well:

The team spent last night at Camp 1 around 19,000 ft. and will be moving up to Camp 2 later today.  Wendy managed the Khumbu Ice Falls well yesterday, but is glad to have them behind her!  Very treacherous.  Camp 3 is still not ready to receive climbers, but it looks like the first summit attempts will be possible by May 6th or 7th.  Wendy does not anticipate trying to be the first to the top this year, but it’s good to know that soon the team will be able to move forward as they feel able.

Wendy and Brooke are still coughing and dragging a little bit.  Their bodies cannot heal very quickly in the thin air.  But she said that physically she is feeling strong and is not having any symptoms related to the altitude (good news!).  The expedition is just going to ‘play it by ear’ as to when they push for the summit based upon everyone’s health.  If they begin feeling the effects of the altitude, the team will move back down to lower elevations to adjust and then climb up again.

Thanks to all of you who are watching Wendy’s progress.  Everytime we speak I share your comments and messages of support.  It means so much to her.

Climb on!



5 Responses to “Pictures/Video on Mountain Link’s Site”

  1. 1 Jen April 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I had to catch up on all these posts since I’ve been off the grid. Trish: thanks as always for your updates, you are a great “middle woman” 🙂
    Wen: Thinking of you every day, I knew it was your 4oth bday (hehe) but I thought I’d let you annouce it to the world, so happy belated b-day. Best to you, Brooke, Robert, and many blessings to your Sherpa!
    Love, Trainer Jen

  2. 2 Della May 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Thank you Trish! Keep us posted. Love, love, love the videos and pictures. Wendy, you are a rock – and ice – star!


  3. 3 Gail Gang May 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for the update. Our family is following Wendy with such deep respect and appreciation.

  4. 4 Wendy Drake May 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Trish! Thanks for the update; it’s exciting to hear the progress. Please let Wendy know I’m thinking about her everyday and visualizing her successful ascent and descent! Best, Wen

  5. 5 Carol May 2, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Thank you, Trish, for keeping us posted.

    I am so excited for Wendy and the team. It sounds like things are going perfectly.

    Climb on.

    Carol Figurido

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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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