Posts Tagged 'Punta Arenas'

Updates from ‘the Ice’…

1/1/08:  I have safely landed in Antarctica and will share more about Patriot Hills soon!  For now, we are waiting yet again for the weather to clear so that we can take our flight to base camp on Mt. Vinson Massif.

Climb on!

Update from the Weekend…

12/30/07: Our instructions were that if we received a phone call at 6:30 this morning the flight to the ice was a go! No call means you sleep in. Of course Brooke and I were both awake staring at the phone.

At 10 am we received an update, another at noon, followed by our last attempt of the day at 6:00 pm. Weather in Antarctica is unfavorable for our ¨V4¨ flight to get in – low visability and snow. So tonight we will get to sleep in a real bed once more and have a shower in the morning. Should we get the call, we have less than 45 minutes to be fully dressed and out in front of the hotel for pick up. Now this doesn’t sound too difficult except that we have to check our street clothes (called ¨town luggage¨), tagged and marked, so that when we return we will have them. This of course is of key importance since you really want things like shampoo and clean clothes as soon as you get back. When notified, we also need to be fully dressed in our climbing clothes with only a small pack for the plane. All our climbing gear, backpacks and technical gear is already loaded on the C130 which is, like us, awaiting that weather window.

So Brooke and I are headed out for a night on the town in Punta Arenas yet again. Don’t worry – we will be in early since tomorrow the anticipation starts all over.

Adios!

Climb On

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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.