Playing the Waiting Game

Wendy's Recovery Teahouse in Debouche, Nepal

Wendy's Recovery Teahouse in Debouche, Nepal

When the team came down to the valley, they were hoping to only be off the mountain for 3 days, but here we are at 5 days and counting!  The endless waiting is mentally exhausting and who knows when the weather will clear.

Wendy reports that the conditions are really horrible and even in the valley they are experiencing a severe snow storm.  Outside communications and satellite connections have been rare due to the weather conditions.  We had hoped that communication would improve at the lower elevations, but no such luck thanks to the storm!

Wendy is diong well.  She said that a few climbers had decided to leave Everest without trying for the summit, but her expedition is sticking it out and hoping that they will be able to make an attempt by the end of May as planned.  This weather delay will push summit dates back, and we are no longer planning for a possible early summit and homecoming.

Wendy thinks about all of you all the time.  Please know that your support, encouragement, belief and inspiring words mean the world to her!

Climb on,

Trish

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6 Responses to “Playing the Waiting Game”


  1. 1 lisa May 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    sorry to hear about the bad weather. hang in there. it will change. Stay strong

    miss you

    Lisa xoxo

  2. 2 MR. CLEERE's CLASS May 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Wendy. I’m Melissa and I’m Alexis and we would like to know how are you? We have heard bad news and we feel sad that you had to get off Mount Everest because of the weather. We hope that you summit soon and come down safe and sound so we can see you again. We are also wondering how is Brooke doing? Also how did you feel when you first saw Mount Everest from Base Camp? How many times have you taken a shower? P.S. Write back as soon as possible.

  3. 3 Maida Broudo May 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Happy belated Mother’s Day Gwend!

    I sure do miss you, but you are soooo going to do this!

    Much love and can I borrow your bike to ride in a triathalon in August? My cruiser with yellow fenders and a basket is good for getting wine and cheese in beverly Farms but might not make a good bike for the Tri!

    OOXOXOXO

    Lov eyou girl,

    Maida

  4. 4 Jonna May 13, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Hey Wendy,
    As always you are in my thoughts and prayers. As tough as it is to play the waiting game just remember to find something positive in everything. There is a reason for everything that happens, FROG.
    Luv Ya, Jonna

    “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”
    -unknown

  5. 5 DEBBIE PITMAN May 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    WENDY, SINCE I WAS WITH WORLD NEIGHBORS A BIG CHUNK OF MY TRIP AND NOT CLIMBING EVEREST, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO STAY AT A PLACE IN CHARIKOT THAT REMINDS ME OF YOUR TEAHOUSE.. I WAS IN FULL VIEW OF THE ROWLING RANGE AND GARUSHANKUR GOT TO SEE ME AND QUITE A FEW OTHER BREATHTAKING PEAKS—HOW DIFFERENT OUR GOALS ARE! MY MAIN PRAYER IS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THAT FOR YOUR WHOLE TEAM! BLESS YOU. MY FAVORITE POET, WENDELL BERRY SAYS,”LIFE CANNOT BE MEASURED IN A JOURNEY OF MILES, BUT ONLY BY A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY WHERE WE ARRIVE AT THE GROUND AT OUR FEET AND LEARN TO CALL IT HOME.” I HOPE EVERY STEP IS “HOME” FOR YOU!!
    I AM SO HOMESICK FOR NEPAL–THAT WAS MY 1ST TRIP AND I WANT TO GO BACK— IT INDEED FELT LIKE HOME!

  6. 6 Carol Figurido May 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Hello my friend Wendy,

    Today I walked – no, maybe it was hobbled, on what I had hoped would be a run/walk trip to downtown Manchester and back to MAC. Well, the old sacrum just doesn’t like this old body trying to run, so it wasn’t a pretty picture. But, the good news was that the trees in Manchester are just about in full bloom and the scent of lilacs is in the air and it is a beautiful day. Of course, whenever I travel through Manchester I think of you and the good ole’ days when we ran through town together, laughing, crying, and solving all of the problems of the world.

    You are my rock and my strength. Because of you I try to push myself beyond my expectations. Of course, my expectations are quite small these days, but they’re still my milestones.

    I hold you in my thoughts and prayers over these next few days. I know you can do this and I can’t wait to see you back here very soon.

    xoxo

    Carol


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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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