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  Nancy Norris: What are you waiting for?

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Dispatch Three: Hello readers. This is Nancy Norris reporting in, Namaste from Kathmandu! We just finished dinner at the Yak & Yeti and now back to the hotel to get some sleep before we leave for Tibet tomorrow morning. It's getting closer to the time we will finally reach the mountain and we are all anxious to get there. I had the great pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Hawley this afternoon, the keeper of the Himalaya records. I've heard so much about her and it was nice being able to meet her. Now about the Kathmandu traffic. I think it's a law that the driver of any vehicle uses one hand to steer and the other to honk the horn.

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

Now I'm not saying it isn't necessary to use the horn here, because it definitely is, but it's crazy. There are almost no traffic signs or lights (saw the first one today) and there is no order in the streets at all. It's nuts, but I have to say that I haven't even seen a tiny bump from any of the vehicles or bikes, it's amazing. Things will be much more quiet in Tibet. I'll write again in a couple of days from Lhasa. 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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