Resting at Basecamp

The latest from Casey Grom with RMI…

April 20, 2010
17,575 ft.

It’s week three and all is well here at Everest Basecamp. Some of the team members have climbed through the icefall and camped at Camp One. A few of us have been fighting colds and coughs, but plan on heading up hill in just a few days. Being under the weather here is a big difference from being under the weather back home. First, it takes a lot longer to heal at 17,500′. Second, failing to take it easy when our bodies need it could lead to feeling worse or needing to descend to a lower altitude to recover.

Everyone has been doing a good job of taking it easy though. There has been plenty of hot showers, doing laundry, watching movies, and too many card games to count. The weather seems to be stable with crystal clear skies in the morning to cloudy in the afternoon with light snowfall. Looking forward to walking up hill soon and feeling better.

Casey

PS – Rob Suero would like to wish happy birthday to his daughter. Happy Birthday!

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4 Responses to “Resting at Basecamp”


  1. 1 Jen April 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Hey Wen,
    Shawn and I have been keeping up with your blog and although we don’t post regular comments, we are thinking of you every day. Wishing you much health and success.
    XO Jen

  2. 2 ALAN WINSTON April 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Wendy,
    Everyone at the Friends of Hope group are rooting, wishing and praying for you. We know you will make it this year. When you get to the top place an injectable needle and vial in the snow for us as a symbol of MS being conquered.
    Alan Winston

  3. 3 Beverly April 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Doll –

    Following you up that mountain, all the way to the top. Wanted you to know you are in my thoughts & prayers every day.

    Be safe, be well, be strong & climb on!

    Love, B

  4. 4 Maida April 23, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Happy Birthday Dear Gwendolyn…………

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I take it as a good sign that you are out of communicado. Must be up at Camp 2 or some such thing!

    Oh how exciting and we are there with you!!!!!

    Love you much!

    God Bless you!

    Maida and bobby


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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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