Dispatch Nine: Hello EverestNews.com
Readers, This is Nancy Norris reporting once again, but this time from
Michigan. Coming down the mountain from ABC was a good trip and only had to
test my balance for a few minutes while we crossed the river at the location
of the unfinished bridge, much easier than the river crossing on our way up to
ABC where several of us got very wet in the process. It was a long driven
from Tingri to Kathmandu, approximately 15 hours, but we were all happy when
we arrived in Kathmandu. We had our celebration dinner at the Rum Doodle and
saw the names of our Sherpas and guide Chris indicating their summits of Mt.
Everest. We also signed a large "footprint" to hang up about our Cho Oyu
climb. The flights home were good, but they always seems longer and harder. I
was feeling a little worn out on the flights home so went to the doctor and
found out I have pneumonia, but will be back to feeling great soon I'm
sure. To summarize the trip, I really learned a lot about living at high
altitude for so long and how hard it is on your body. I thought we would all
eventually get used to living at ABC at 18500 feet, but you never do. You do
adjust in a lot of was thought. Each time we climbed up to camp 1 for
instance, it took less and less time. I'm looking forward to changing my
training program and will do that as soon as I get back to work. I'm really
glad of the experience on Cho Oyu, because now I understand a lot better what
climbing Mt. Everest will be like.
caravan of yaks cross the Nangpa La pass, 5700 meters, to trade in
Namche Bazaar Source: Nicolas Jaques
Yes, I'm still looking forward to that
climb very much. I can't say enough good things about International Mountain
Guides. Everything was top notch. Thank you IMG and EverestNews.com.
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.