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  Nancy Norris: What are you waiting for?

Dispatch Two: Hello readers. This is Nancy Norris reporting in, Namaste from Kathmandu! We have been really busy the last couple of days. Yesterday some of us went to Durbar square and saw many of the older temples, some dating back to the 1560's. They are still used for worship and were visited by many while we were there.  Later we went to the Pashupati and watch the cremation ceremonies and toured that area as well. We had an excellent guide and gave us a lot of information, and only for a few rupees. We had a six pm meeting as the last four to arrive were here, so we are a complete group now. After the meeting we had our welcome dinner at a wonder Nepali restaurant that served many traditional dishes while we were entertained with music and dancing. IMG really takes good care of us.

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Swayabunath, known as The Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu, Nepal Photo © Eric Simonson Collection

Today was a very special day because we had our puja with Lama Phentok Rimpoche. He placed a prayer scarf and a red string around our neck and shook our hands. We then were seated and he began the puja. He said prayers as he sprinkled holy water over the prayer flags to be hung in each of our camps, and asked for our safety on the mountain. It was very touching and I was proud to be a part of it. We then went to the Boudhanath temple. It is the largest temple with the two big eyes. We also got to meet the rest of our sherpa team today as well. The next time I write I'm going to tell you all about the traffic on the streets of Kathmandu. I think climbing the mountain will be less dangerous than taking to the streets here in this wonderful city. Nancy

Nancy Norris, who at age 59 will attempt Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain, as a prelude to her climb on Mt. Everest in the Spring 2004 at age 60. Nancy will attempt to become the oldest American woman to Summit Everest.

On Cho Oyu, Nancy Norris will join a team of 25 climbers, guides and support staff organized by International Mountain Guides, Inc. (IMG). Headquartered in Ashford, WA under the direction of American mountaineer Eric Simonson. IMG has successfully led over 100 climbers to the summit of Cho Oyu on 11 previous expeditions to that mountain.

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