FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WENDY BOOKER IS CRUISING AT A NEW ALTITUDE
Mountain climber and adventurer, Wendy Booker, announces the release of her first book: New Altitude
April 1, 2013: Wendy Booker, a climber, explorer and musher from Massachusetts, is embarking on a new adventure… and no parkas, skis or ropes are involved! New Altitude, her first book, has just been released and she is kicking off a spring promotional tour to share her story with the world.
New Altitude chronicles Wendy Booker’s bid for the Seven Summits. But mountains aren’t the only obstacles she had to tackle, and this is not your typical adventure saga. New Altitude takes readers far beyond the mountains into the mind and heart of a woman facing challenging circumstances, leveraging her amazing story to share life lessons about the power of self-discovery, serendipity and stubbornness.
After a devastating diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, Wendy fell haphazardly into running the Boston Marathon for charity. From that one simple act, an extraordinary series of circumstances unfolds that is nothing short of kismet. Overcoming illness and divorce, and tackling one of the toughest mountains in the world twice, Wendy finds herself atop Denali (Mt. McKinley, Alaska) in 2004 at the age of 50, forcing the reinvention of her entire life in the process.
Standing on the pinnacle of the North American continent, she aspires to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents… the famed Seven Summits. It is a mission that will eclipse everything in else in her life for many years.
New Altitude follows Wendy’s inspiring, poignant, and sometimes hilarious adventures as she seeks to conquer the mountains on her list with the intimidating specter of Mt. Everest looming on the horizon, and discovers a whole new world along the way. Along with tales of adventure, readers are allowed a rare window into the internal struggle and ongoing adaption that is required to make extreme sports a lifestyle.
Dave Hahn, the mountain guide on Wendy’s second Everest expedition, has attained the most Everest summits of any non-Sherpa. Commenting on Wendy’s adventures in New Altitude, he recently said, “Climbing high mountains is difficult – plenty difficult for those lucky enough to pursue it with youth, perfect health and all the normal advantages on their side. And pretty near impossible for those not so gifted or fortunate. Near impossible… but not actually impossible as it turns out! Wendy Booker’s story of learning the ropes while battling MS should spur on anyone tempted to simply accept their conventionally defined limitations.”
When asked about her upcoming appearances and book signings Wendy said, “I am so looking forward to sharing this book with long-time followers and new audiences alike. It has been a labor of love to write. My hope is that New Altitude gives fans an inside look at my life, introduces new people to my story, and encourages everyone to approach obstacles in a whole new way.”
Boston radio personality and long-time friend, Gay Vernon, perhaps summed up New Altitude best, “After a diagnosis of MS, Wendy decided to leave her comfort zone and accomplish something that most of us can only imagine. She literally (and symbolically) has climbed the tallest peaks in the world. And in scaling those mountains, she’s inspired others to discover what the joy of living is all about.”
For more information on Wendy Booker, to order your copy of New Altitude, or to invite Wendy to speak to your organization or host an author event, visit www.wendybooker.net. New Altitude is available in print and e-book format from online retailers or at your favorite bookstore.
About the Author
Diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 1998, Wendy Booker was never an athlete. But over the past decade she has run ten marathons, climbed six of the Seven Summits, attempted Everest twice, mushed to the North Pole and skied to the South Pole – setting records and breaking through barriers all the way. Always on the lookout for her next great adventure, she is training with a team of sled dogs in Alaska to race in the Iditarod in 2015. Wendy lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts and is the mother of three grown sons and a yellow lab named Cada. New Altitude is her first book.
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I know that many of you are curious about my Iditarod training. It’s been a whirlwind season and my plans have had to change along with the ever-shifting Alaska weather! This year has seen a lack of snow in many areas, so races have been cancelled or rescheduled wreaking havoc with my travel. Along with the uncooperative snowfall, I have had conflicting priorities… in a good way!
I am so happy to announce that my first book, New Altitude, has just been released! It took years of work to take my story to the printed page, but I must say that it felt so good last week to hold the first copy in my hands. As my most ardent fans and supporters, you are the first to know and the first to receive the order link. Go to http://amzn.com/098877030X to get a copy from Amazon.com hot off the press! If you would like signed copies for friends or family – just email and we’ll make it happen.
As my blogs indicated, life in Clam Gulch is fascinating. Tending to 70 dogs of all ages and abilities means that every day is an adventure of some sort. I’ve never been dirtier, smellier or colder! My biggest training challenge has been not losing the sled when I fall. I have a 50% success rate, but am improving everyday. The lack of snow has made training that much more difficult, and I have the bruises and cuts to prove it. I can’t thank my trainer, Dean Osmar, and my handler, Anna Berington (and Aaron, too), for their patience, endless hours of teaching, and for always tracking down my errant team when I lose my sled. I have loved every minute of it!
Right now, I’m not predicting that I will complete my qualifiers this season as I hoped. If that is the case, you will get to follow along with me for another season of mushing competition and preparation for the Iditarod. I hope that 2013 holds many grand adventures for each of you as well. It’s a great big world out there, so go out and have fun!
PRAISE FOR NEW ALTITUDE:
“If you love exploration – of the soul as well as the physical world – then this is a must read. Wendy Booker will take you on a journey like none you have experienced before.”
~ John Crane, Emmy Award-winning TV Reporter and Anchor
“In her memoir, New Altitude, Wendy dives right in to the nitty-gritty, leaving nothing to the imagination … and we the readers get to experience the extremes with her. She is a courageous, exceptional woman who’s powerful story of overcoming obstacles is a must.”
~ Gay Vernon, Award-winning Radio personality and journalist
“Wendy Booker’s story of learning the ropes while battling MS should spur on those tempted to simply accept their conventionally defined limitations. She tells it with humor and humility, detail and depth.”
~ Dave Hahn, Mountain Climber and Guide
“Meet an exceptional woman who refused to allow an MS diagnosis to define her. Instead, she put one foot in front of the other and found herself on top of the world’s tallest mountains. New Altitude is the truly amazing story of Wendy Booker. I think her middle name should be: INSPIRATION.”
~ Candy O’Terry, Host: Magic 106.7’s Exceptional Women radio show; President, Boston Women in Media & Entertainment
“Wendy made the decision that Multiple Sclerosis would not hold her back from anything that life has to offer. Her book inspires us to live life to the fullest.”
~ Florine Mark, President and CEO of The Weight Watchers Group and host of ReMarkable Woman Radio
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