Three: Success at last!
Her Feb 2002 climbs
in Ecuador were successful, the highlights...
Nancy is in yellow. Traveling on
the glacier from our climb on Cayambe.Copyrightę Mike Ostby
I went to Ecuador in
2000 to climb three mountains and I was so excited as I got off the plane and
saw this stranger holding a sign with my name on it. It was a dangerous time
in Quito, it was the Revolution and we weren't sure even how safe we would be,
but that didn't stop us. Climbing with Eli Helmuth from CMS and two other
gentlemen and we were ready to attempt our first mountain. I was having the
time of my life, seeing huge seracs, walking thru the biggest crevasses "I"
had ever seen, just enjoying every minute. The weather started out okay but as
we got closer to the top it turned bad. I just kept climbing and praying
"please Lord let us get to the top". We continued thru the storm and soon I
was standing on
the top of my first
mountain. The weather was so bad that we weren't able to stay long, just got a
couple of pictures and turned to go down. I just can't describe how happy I
felt coming down from that mountain (Cayambe) I could hardly contain my
I recommend Nancy Norris without
reservation as a capable and beneficial member of any climbing or
mountaineering expedition. I have climbed with Nancy on the Volcano's of
Ecuador and on rock in Colorado, and have always known her to be an
outstanding individual and trustworthy partner. Best Regards, Eli Helmuth Head
Guide, Colorado Mountain School AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide
should have started out by saying that Eli and I drank some bad water and got
very ill before we even started the first climb. In fact just before I walked
out the door of the hut to begin the climb I had to visit the bathroom one
more time. I was sick but that wasn't going to stop me. I finally had a
summit, now I understood what the climbers in the books I'd read were talking
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