Puja Ceremony – An Update from Wendy… April 9th

We have been officially blessed, having partaken in an impressive Puja ceremony overseen by a Lama and all our Sherpa team.  This is my third time participating in a Puja, and they never  lose their impact.  To be sitting in a circle listening to the chants, drums and cymbals overshadowed by these incredible mountains and the bluest sky as prayer flags flutter and incense sends the blessings to the heavens is pretty inspiring.

One of those magical moments when all is right in the world.

Puja Ceremony just below the Khumbu Icefall

Puja Ceremony just below the Khumbu Icefall

Great footage of our climb can be seen at http://blog.firstascent.com/.

25 year old Leif  Whittaker is climbing Everest in honor of his father Jim.  Jim Whittaker was the first American to summit in 1963.  His climb with RMI is being documented… great viewing.

Climb On!

Wendy

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3 Responses to “Puja Ceremony – An Update from Wendy… April 9th”


  1. 1 Beth Erickson April 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Climb-on Wendy! I am thinking of you everyday–Hopefuly the Nepalese Gods will be with you to give you the weather and the strength you need for this enduring adventure. YOu go girl!

    Beth

  2. 2 Leslie April 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Hope you are feeling better Wendy. Fabulous pictures and download the movie Bandslam if you can. It is so corny coming of age movie but a lot of fun. Pirate Radio is another great one. Safe climbing! I’m thinking of you. Love, Leslie

  3. 3 Maida April 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Yahoo! How cool…….linens on the Hill so to speak! I am following every step and am so impressed at your website!!!!! LOVE hearing from you!!!! It is the highlight of my day to see what you are up to, so I pray we can stay in touch even when you are at 23,000 feet!

    Mike and Skip have been vacillating about the marathon, but I think both will do it!

    92 degrees here on April 7th…Janie turned 22!

    I am tucked in bed in Prides at a mere 8:43 and reading up on you an

    d say prayers all the time! LOVE the prayer flags!


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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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