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  Nancy Norris: What are you waiting for?

Part Five: The much younger camera crew can't keep up!


Feb 2001 Kili climb - she made it (while her much younger camera crew did not!) Let's look at what made that climb special?

Kili, I had to keep pinching myself because I couldn't believe that I was on the African continent. The climb was one of the most interesting I have done because we climbed thru so many different climates.  First it was beautifully green and steamy hot, then it green, hot, and raining, then it was warm, green and dry, followed by barren and cool, followed by barren, and cold and finally on summit day snow and ice at the very top.

There was a camera crew following me on this climb and footage was to be used for an educational web site but nothing as far as I know ever happened with the footage. It was quite a diverse group of people on this climb, and a large group, about 14 of us. This climb was nothing but fun. The climb was not difficult and the people were an extremely fun group and of course I love a camera following and interviewing me. The porters were happy friendly people, and I would fall to sleep at night hearing them singing as they finished their work. We made our way slowly up the mountain enjoying the beautiful views and finally it was summit day. We got up at 1:00am and were on our way. It was cold but not bitter and with headlamps snaking across the mountain we continued to climb. My camera crew started feeling ill so they had to turn back but gave the camera to Paul (guide) and he finished filming the summit day. We dropped our packs just before the actual summit and enjoyed watching the sunrise before we made our way to the top. It was a great day and the summit was quite crowded, something I had not experienced before. We took pictures and signed the summit book and enjoyed the views which were spectacular for abut 45 minutes and then decided to make our way down. Down climbing was fun especially when we went thru a scree area, so did a little skiing there and we got back to camp in a couple of hours with the porters waiting for us with a hot beverage. We were all very excited because all of the climbers had made it to the top.

 We took another day to make our way to the bottom and then traveled on to four wonderful days of safari. It was like a dream come true trip and I felt very fortunate to have been there, now it all works out I'll be an assistant guide on a Kili climb and safari in January 2004. Can't believe I have a chance to go back. Nancy


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