Back at Base Camp!

Wendy called yesterday to report that the weather on Everest has cleared and the team is back at Base Camp.  They are planning to continue climbing today and the first successful summit attempts are expected around the 21st.

She said that she is still feeling great.  The physical exertion is tough, but they are going to focus on gaining as much ground as possible these next few days and hope the great weather holds.  The expedition continues to have issues with satellite connections, so cross your fingers that Wendy will be able to blog again in person very soon.

Wendy said yet again how much she appreciates everyone’s thoughts and support. The team is just hoping to make a lot of progress and see how far they get.

Climb on!

Trish

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5 Responses to “Back at Base Camp!”


  1. 1 Jen May 18, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Good News! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and sending good weather vibes to the Mountain Link Expedition!
    Love, Trainer Jen

  2. 2 Maida Broudo May 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Oh This is wonderful news!

    I could not be more thrilled!

    Yahoo! This is the beginning of a life changing experience….well the middle of, tho thirds of……either way…YOU ARE DOING THIS!!!!

    OXOXOXOXO

    I/We love you!

    Maida and Bobby!

  3. 3 Wendy Drake May 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Good weather; good karma beaming your way!

    Love from Wen and Sadie Girl

  4. 4 Carol May 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Yes, you are on the way. I am with you every step of the way. Good vibes and lots of love to you and Brooke.

    I can’t wait to see you soon. We can drink lots of wine as you tell us all of your exciting and awesome adventures.

    Practical Magic to you!

    xoxo

    Carol

  5. 5 DEBBIE PITMAN May 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

    WENDY, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING WOMEN I’VE HAD THE FORTUNE TO MEET. AND WHAT A SMALL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IT WAS! TO OVERHEAR YOU & TOM TALKING IN KATHMANDU, THEN BEING OUTSIDE THE HOTEL WHEN YOUR TEAM WAS LEAVING WAS A TRUE “HIGH” FOR ME.
    I’VE READ SO MUCH ON EVEREST AND ONE OF THE REASONS I WAS IN NEPAL WAS JUST TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HER!! NOW I KNOW HER BETTER THROUGH YOU & I TRUELY APPRECIATE THE WISDOM YOU EMPLOYED IN YOUR DECISION-MAKING PROCESS!
    THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK DOWN SAFELY SO WE CAN HEAR MORE FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!
    MY BEST TO YOU AS YOU RECOVER FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE IN EVERY WAY.


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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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