Ah Internet!

Deboche

RMI is sending out dispatches which most of you know since they are linked to my web site so you are getting a double dose of updates. The guides have to rotate writing them. Last night was Chad’s turn. After dinner he trudged back up the hill to another tea house which has a new cyber cafe. It all sounds so high tech. And indeed it really is. Yesterday from Namche I had the joy of being able to skype with Christopher in Doha complete with live video….it was awesome! I was chatting away and laughing as I told everyone in the cafe “that’s my son!”

But as we ascend and the villages get more remote, the air thinner and technology a little more primitive dispatching will be less. It is a funny feeling to have to wean ourselves and lose that connection to home. I never do it well.

I have decided I am the matriarch of the group, now that’s something I never expected to be labeled, or at least not yet. But I am the oldest and in a few weeks will be the only woman on the team. Casey’s girlfriend is trekking to base camp with us, thank goodness! Not a day passes that I am not grateful for her being here. So I am slowly working on this role especially during a rousing card game of Texas poker I remind them of my stature. The guys are unimpressed and so I am treated as if one of them.

We arrived in Tengboche after ascending the infamous Tengboche hill, a long arduous climb that takes a good hour and a half of dusty ascent. At the top is the highest monastery in the world and…a bakery. Imagine this visage complete with apple strudel and chocolate cake. Many of us just had to sample that cake although we were warned of others getting ill in the past. Six of us disregarded this and happily consumed. Now we are on a vigal and watch each other for signs of food contamination. Extremely common here in the valley since sanitation, refrigeration and electricity don’t exist. No federal guidelines for food preparation. I am still leery of eating anything with the word steak or meat in it.

The scenery is breathtaking, Everest has been clear and prominent in the distance although menacing as the winds pummel her top. And we trek on enjoying the journey. We will spend another night here in Deboche- tomorrow we move higher to Peroche and I understand the prospect of a shower for Easter Sunday. I think that sounds better than a chocolate bunny don’t you? Our slow progress is intentional, spending a day resting at a new altitude before moving higher. This has been our agenda since leaving Lukla and will continue for the next week. This way we gain strength, give our bodies an opportunity to get accustom to the thinner air and recharge before moving and living even higher.

Happy Easter to all.

One of our team members is taking great photos thank goodness someone is technology savvy! Here is the link:
To view Rob Suero’s photos go to:

Picasaweb.google.com/robsuero/201003240606mteverestnepalexpedition#

Wendy
Climb On!

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2 Responses to “Ah Internet!”


  1. 1 Della April 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Wendy, the photos are fabulous. Glad everyone is well. I’m with you every step of the way.

    Della

  2. 2 MAUREEN April 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Wendy
    Happy Easter

    The photos are great…climb on and have a great trip…
    Maureen


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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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