Yesterday we ventured into the icefalls.  Our goal was to get to the first set of ladders, about an hour and a half of climbing through a labyrinth of ice, water and rock.  Wow did I have memories of last year.   I couldn’t believe that I was back so soon and all the pain and suffering came sweeping back.  It was a hard day for me.  Not certain if it is because I am not yet acclimatized or if I once again have become a tent potato, but yesterday nearly killed me.  I couldn’t catch my breath, find my rhythm, get into the groove… whatever it was it was eluding me.  I crawled back to my tent totally deflated and ready to pack it in.

It snowed last night.  Everest base camp is coated in white, and the rough rocks and jagged edges of this inhospitable world are softened.  The sun is out and the day is warm.  Seth and I are heading out for a hike to stretch the legs and get the lungs working.  I am hopeful for a better day than yesterday.  Guess I should look on the positive side, as Rob reminds me, I did achieve my goal and made it to the ladders, crossed many and returned shortly after the group.  To me it was a miserable experience.  Still this is Everest and misery is part of the territory now what am I going to do about it?

Time to dig in right?  Keep reminding me of that.


Oh yes… Climb On!


4 Responses to “Altitude”

  1. 1 Beth Erickson April 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Hello Wendy,

    I look for your blog every day to hear how things are going–and it sounds like right now is sort of a rough time. We all know that what you are doing is very hard. But Wendy, you can do this. It is easy to get into the same mindset you were in last year–but you are going to have to break out of this box and just tell yourself “I can do this”. You can Wendy, you can. We all believe in you. I mean, what you are doing is similar to a game of golf. So much of this is mental mind game. If you tell yourself you can’t, then you won’t. If you tell yourself you can, then you will. Let’s look at Tiger Woods, he told himself he could do whatever he did with 13 women without his wife having a clue. So surely you can climb Everest.
    Climb on

  2. 2 Maida Broudo April 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Gendolyn my dear friend……….

    Oh this is the time when I wish I was there to say “It’s gonna hurt”, just like I did during the New York Marathon! The good news, is that your mind and Body are sued to you challenging it and getting way out of your comfort zone!

    So….know we are all with you and you know what you need to do! That policeman didn’t sit there all day to wait for you!

    I love you and support you and also know that YOU BE IN CHARGE! Do what is right. If the MS gets tough….you have to know what to do! OXOXOXO Maida

  3. 3 Della April 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Wendy, dear Wendy,
    When I couldn’t see or keep my balance when I walked, I never gave up. I worked every day as hard as I could, making baby steps each week, with the sole focus to get where I am today . . . mostly normal (this is where you laugh and agree I’m so not normal) and signed up for the NY Marathon.
    Focus, focus, focus. What did you get out of the climb yesterday that was positive and that you can take with you tomorrow? You’re exactly where you need to be, with a fantastic team that’s going to get you to the top of Everest if you just realize what your sole focus is for the next couple months.
    If I were there, I’d kick you in the butt to jump start you!
    Much Love,

  4. 4 Bethany April 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    You can do this! I believe in you. You have a huge opportunity to show the world that MS will NOT slow us down! You challenged us to find our mountain and go for it! But be smart. 🙂 Consider yourself hugged and you are in my prayers!
    Love, Bethany

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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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