From the Summit of Cotopaxi!

Hi everyone, just a quick update from Wendy in Ecuador. Today she and other climbers on her team summited Cotopaxi. As the oldest climber and the only woman on the team, Wendy was happy to be the first to reach the summit after a long, tiring day.

Thanks for your support – and climb on!


RMI’s dispatch…

December 4 – 14, 2009 Ecuador’s Volcanoes Expedition
December 10, 2009 (5:43 a.m. PT voicemail)
Lead Guide: Casey Grom

Hello, this is Casey Grom calling from the summit of Cotopaxi!

We are just now standing on top in perfect weather with no wind. It has been a great day but a pretty tough day with deep snow and steep ice climbing to get us to the top. Our summit attempt took almost 7 1/2 hours and we have five out of nine climbers standing on the summit with Billy and me. We will be heading down soon and will check in later today from our next hacienda.


1 Response to “From the Summit of Cotopaxi!”

  1. 1 Brenda Grom December 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm


    Casey is my son and I hope he made your climb as pleasant and inspiring as can be. I’m sure you made quite an impression on him with your determination to full fill your dreams.
    He’s an avid believer in the such.


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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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