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 Nancy Norris: What are you waiting for?

Part 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 excitement.


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


I 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 about. Nancy



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