Two: Not quitting if at first you don't succeed!
||Nancy's trip to
Aconcagua in 1999 included some trouble with altitude. What made her want to
continue to try to climb high after that?
My trip to Aconcagua
was such a great experience even though I was a little ill from the altitude
and I had so much edema that I resembled the Pillsbury Dough Boy It was a
great learning experience and again I was in the Mountains (with Bruce as
guide) and experiencing things I never imagined.
||It in some ways was a tough
trip because everyone did better than I did and I don't remember anyone else
having trouble with altitude, but it just made me want to climb more and be
more successful on the next mountain. I never once thought of giving up I only
wanted to go on. My o2 sat level was for a time at 60, but Bruce kept an eye
on me and I made it to high camp. I felt victorious when I came down from
that mountain, I didn't feel defeated at all.
I don't remember
having the lesson of "never give up" drilled into me as a child, but it was in
deed delivered. My parents went through some hard times, but they never gave
up, not for a moment. I know that's where I get it. I've always told my
children, if you want something bad enough go after it and never give up until
you've achieved what you want. Nancy