The more you get to know Wendy Booker, the more you’ll realize that she prefers actions to words. And, while she seems to have super powers, she’s just a woman on a mission: to climb the Seven Summits with MS (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents).

Why climb mountains? Not just because she has multiple sclerosis, although her disease does motivate her, but to motivate others to get past their own challenges. “I use mountains as metaphors for the obstacles we all encounter in life,” says Wendy. “And, I want to inspire others – especially young people – not to see obstacles as mountains in their way, but more as challenges to ‘climb’ over and around. We all have such ‘mountains’ in our lives and we cannot let them stop us!”

You may say that it’s a bit extreme to run marathons (Did we forget to mention, Wendy has completed nine marathons since her MS diagnosis in 1998?) and climb mountains, but as she explains: “I’m not telling people they need to climb mountains or run marathons, but once you get your diagnosis, have your pity party. But don’t let the disease or challenge stop you.” If you can’t really keep physically active, Wendy suggests finding a mental challenge or a new passion. “It’s all about attitude. Even the most severely challenged can move forward with the right attitude.”

Wendy’s story is about overcoming obstacles whatever they may be through a journey of self-discovery, serendipity and stubborness. So far, she has summited six of the Seven Summits which include: 20,320 ft. Mt. McKinley (Denali, Alaska, US), 19,340 ft. Mt. Kiliminjaro (Africa), 18,481 ft. Mt. Elbrus (Russia), 22,834 ft. Mt. Aconcagua (Argentina), 16,067 ft. Mt. Vinson Massif (Antarctica)and most recently Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) at 7,310 ft!.

Her 2009 expedition to Mt. Everest did not end in a summit – this time the mountain won. But not to be deterred, Wendy is preparing to go back for Round 2 in the spring of 2010.

2 Responses to “About Wendy Booker…”


  1. 1 Tara February 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Wendy, great seeing you on Sunday. How appropriate that I watched the Olympics with you. Love your website and can’t wait to read more!

    Tara

  2. 2 Charley Akers May 18, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Wendy,
    I’ve been following you progress. It sounds like you may be heading up in the next few days. I wish you good weather and God speed. May the wind always be at your back!

    Charley


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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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