Last Day in Namche

RMI Update from Casey Grom…

March 31, 2010
11,500 ft.

Namaste everyone,

Today was our third and final day in wonderful Namche Bazaar. We had an early breakfast and headed out the door for a hike that was part exploring and part acclimatization. The weather was calm and clear and allowed us some of our first views of Everest and other Himalayan giants. It was breathtaking to say the least. Even though Mt. Everest is still miles away it looks really BIG! We climbed up to somewhere around 12,000′ so that’s only 17,035′ more to go.

Our adventure took us to two villages called Khunde and Khumjung. Khumjung is famous from Sir Edmond Hillary having built one of the first schools in the Khumbu Valley and their delicious bakery. Along the way we stopped off at the Everest View Hotel and had a quick drink and enjoyed the view the hotel is famous for.

Everyone is doing great and we are looking forward to moving further up the Khumbu Valley.

Casey and crew

6 Responses to “Last Day in Namche”

  1. 1 Carol Figurido April 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Wendall,

    Glad to hear that all is well (although cold). Stay warm and my client Carol and I are following your every move. xoxo

  2. 2 Laura April 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Wendy! We are pulling for you here in Wisconsin and are keeping close ties on those “happy places” ūüôā Only good things ahead! Climb On Rock Star!!!

  3. 3 msviewsandnews April 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    ALL your MS Fans are hoping to do well and meet your expectations.

    Best of All,

    Stuart Schlossman
    MS Views and News –

  4. 4 Adrienne April 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    We are all pulling for you! Keep that AMAZING positive attitude and I know you will reach the summit! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  5. 5 Maida Broudo April 2, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Hey dear Gwendolyn,

    It is warm and beautiful here today. terry and I went out for a small run, and talked about yo the whole time….

    I saw Minna at Timeless this morning officiating traffic as they acquired a new roof!

    Skip and Mike are both not sure about the marathon and are attempting long runs this week to see if they can do it! Poor things……I don’t miss those mind games!

    I am thinking of you daily and happy to see you are blogging and pray that someone will keep us informed when you are out of electonic reach!

    Can’t wait to get toenails painted with you when you return…..what color do you want?

    OXOXOOX Happiness and prayers on Holy Thursday,



  6. 6 Joyce Smith April 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Wendykins, I have been following your blog and the 2009 First Ascent dispatch videos on You Tube help highlight where you are and what you are doing in a visual. Love those short video dispatches! Love you too. Me

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March 2010

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 ‚Äď 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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