Let's look at who Nancy Norris is and her background. Why this woman who is
the mother of four and grandmother of four, would want to Summit Everest at 60.
One: First Climb!
Why did you start
climbing back in '98? What opened this new door for you?
I started climbing
in 98 because a friend suggested I try and indoor climbing gym near here, and
after I got over the shock of looking at that high wall and taking my lesson,
I couldn't get enough of it. Then I thought if it was that much fun climbing
walls, I bet climbing big mountains would be even more of a rush so I found
Colorado Climbing School (Bruce Andrews) and signed on for an 8 day climbing
school in March of 98. There were two mountains offered and I asked which was
the highest and they replied Longs Peak, I said, Then that's the one I want to
climb. If I'm going to have a challenge I want the biggest.
Once I was out on
the mountain (a first for me) I fell in love with nature, the beauty, and the
quietness. The stars were so big and right in my face. It was then that I
really realized how small and insignificant I was. I was hooked, I couldn't
think of anything else or talk about anything else, I was in love with the
world of Mountain Climbing and all it brought to me. Mountain climbing renews
my strength of character and spirituality and is personally rewarding. There
weren't any turning points in my life other than I was just ready to try
something new and exciting, and I have never regretted it for one minute. I
attribute my love for mountain climbing to my first guide Bruce Andrews
because he made it such a positive event in my life. He was caring and kind
and his enthusiasm and love for the mountains came through loud and clear as
he taught me everything he could in those eight days. I told him that
frequently and I told him again when I saw him for the last time on Denali
last year when I was coming down from the summit and he was going up, he had
that big smile and I knew he was proud of me for making the top. He was a
great guy and great guide. He inspired me and still does. Nancy