Wendy Booker’s energy seems endless – it takes more than mountaineering, marathons, mushing and Multiple Sclerosis to tame her passion for adventure.
On April 23rd, Wendy became the first person with MS to reach the North Pole – the top of the world – accompanied by her intrepid team of sled dogs.
In June of 1998, this 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 ten marathons, with the latest being the New York Marathon last fall.
Mountain climbing became the next conquest. In 2002 at the age of 46, Wendy joined a team of mountain climbers with MS who were attempting to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. Although that expedition did not end in a summit, she was not to be deterred. Taking on one of the toughest mountains in the world a second time, Wendy became the first person with MS to stand atop Denali in 2004.
That feeling of accomplishment propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy had successfully reached the top of six mountains on her list – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciusko – the first person with MS to summit six of the Seven Summits. After two attempts on Mt. Everest in 2009 and 2010, Wendy accepted that she had pushed MS to the highest it would allow her to go. She has found contentment in climbing 6 ½ of the Seven Summits and uses her experiences to empower others facing adversity to never give up and continue to scale new heights.
The Polar Trilogy is her current goal: taking her to the North Pole, South Pole and across Greenland. Wendy’s passion, strength and tenacity are garnering attention from national and international press, and her career has evolved from interior design to motivational speaking around the globe. The mission is always to educate, motivate and encourage anyone facing a challenge in life to push through and climb on - the view from the top is breathtaking.
Wendy Booker is a mountaineer, an adventurer, an explorer - and she’s not done yet. Next stop: the bottom of the world… the South Pole!