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It seems that old age is the hot thing this season! One more person showing that sitting at home is not all that is left after retiring..

 Attitude trumps altitude
Mountaineer, 63, sets lofty goal: Mount Everest, her seventh Summit
Thursday, April 05, 2007
By Elizabeth Shaw
eshaw @ flintjournal.com 810.766.6311
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FLINT - She nearly lost a thumb to frostbite on Denali, blew a knee on Mount Rainier and suffered severe facial edema from climbing at extreme high altitude.

But mountaineer Nancy Norris, 63, isn't about to give up her dream: to be the world's oldest woman to climb the Seven Summits.

"My whole goal is to show people life isn't over at 40 or 50 or 60," said Norris, a personal trainer and yoga instructor at the Hurley Health and Fitness Center. "If you take good care of yourself, exercise on a regular basis and eat a healthy diet, you can still set goals and do these things, regardless what your age is."

The Seven Summits are part of modern mountaineering mythology: the highest summit on each of the seven continents. Bagging all seven is considered by many to be one of the sport's great challenges.

Altitude is only one aspect of a mountain's challenge. The Seven Summits range in difficulty from Kilimanjaro - considered a walk-up - to the fierce climber-killing cold of Everest in the Himalayas, Vinson in Antarctica and Denali in Alaska.

Norris, the mother of four and grandmother of four, has been conquering them at a record pace since taking up the sport in 1998.

"It's the severe conditions, the cold and altitude, that I love. Once you're fit, it becomes absolutely nothing more than mind over matter," she said. "When it's 85 degrees below zero (with wind chill) in a five-day storm, it becomes a matter of survival. If you don't have the right mindset, you'll just cave."

After bagging 16,023-foot Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea in September, Norris has six notches on her climbing belt - and an extra one to boot in Australia.

All that remains, at 29,035 feet, is the granddaddy of them all: Mount Everest.

Denali - also known as Mount McKinley - helped prepare her for the challenge, she said....

Read the full article here on Mlive.com (2 more pages)
"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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