Still ‘Down in the Valley’…

Hi Wendy Fans!

I just talked to Wendy briefly this morning.  Our phone connection was crummy and her computer access is down for now, so you’ll have to wait another day or two for a personal post from Wendy.

The team is still down below Base Camp off the mountain.  Apparently the weather on Everest is horrible right now and Base Camp is a ghost town!  High winds and storms are keeping all the climbers down in the valley to wait for the skies to clear.  5 Sherpa did make it to the summit successfully before these weather issues prevented any further attempts, so hopefully some other groups can try for the summit soon.

Cross your fingers that things settle down and the team can head back up the mountain.  Wendy is doing really well and I was sure to wish her a very happy Mother’s Day from all of us who are cheering her on.

Climb on!



7 Responses to “Still ‘Down in the Valley’…”

  1. 1 Carol May 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    You are in my thoughts on this Mother’s Day. When you get back I want you to meet a friend of mine from many years ago. She also has MS and contacted me because she has been following your story and is very, very inspired by you. So, stay the course and “hang loose” and we’ll see you soon.

    With much love and admiration,


  2. 2 Sheryl May 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Hey Wendy, Happy Mother’s Day!! We had our annual run this morning, Beth, Pixie, and I (Liz joined us, so there was a fast group and and not so fast group–but I must tell you Beth and I ran the Back Shore Race Friday night, Beth placed 3rd in HER (YOUR) age group, I was suprisingly fast too, for me, so we were “recovering”). We missed you and can’t wait til your back so Lisa will return too and we will once again be the fish chicks in our entirety…when it’s safe, climb on! In the meantime, take advantage of the showers and the rest!!! Keep us posted, and in the meantime, thanks Trish!
    Sheryl 😉

  3. 3 Mary Marcdante May 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for the update Trish!

    Wendy, I heard this quote this morning, it made me think of you.

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

    I can be stronger in difficult places because of you. Thank you and blessings for strong lungs and muscles, and steady feet. (Your crevasse crossings – amazing!)

  4. 4 Della May 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day. Dog #5 missed you this year. I’m back in my hometown and ran a race on Saturday called the Fat Ass 5k that was a charity race for MS, so I thought of you the whle time — but not because of thr Fat A–! Have patienceM.

  5. 5 Chris May 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Not sure this will load for you, but thought you would enjoy it from the mountain. One of the funniest websites I have ever seen.


  6. 6 Charlotte May 12, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Seven summits and two deaths are reported through

    One sherpa died on May 7th from an ice avalanche in the Khumbu icefall, two clilmbers were rescued; this happened one day after Wendy decended through the icefall. Sadly, one Sherpa cook boy died today from drinking home brewed whiskey laced with methyl alcohol, another is very ill. They could not be evacuated by helicopter because of the terrible weather on the mountain. The weather seems not to be letting up anytime soon.

    The mountain is not looking kiindly upon the climbers at this time. Remember: ascending is optional; returning is mandatory.
    Be smart and safe and listen to your inner voice!

    Fondly from afar,


  7. 7 Wendy Drake May 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you. Hoping you are enjoying the local community and the experience around you as you wait for the weather to clear.

    We’ll be happy hour-ing at the St. Julien on Friday and will toast to your success.

    Thinking good weather and health your way,
    Wendy and Sadie Girl

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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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