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Bonita Norris is one of those stubborn dreamers; inat the age of just 22, she became the youngest British woman to scale the legendary mountain. Culture Trip caught up with Norris free speed dating events in North Carolina discuss the high-altitude adventures she chronicles in her new memoir, The Girl Who Climbed Everestand how to conquer mountains of self-doubt. At 20 years old — an age when many are enjoying a gap year or hanging out in their local — Bonita Norris decided she wanted to climb Mount Everest.
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At the time, the highest thing she had ever climbed was a tree. Her record was broken in by year-old Leanna Shuttleworth.
The following year, she also became the youngest British woman to ski to the North Pole. On her descent from the summit, where temperatures can plummet to —60C —76Fshe slipped, injuring her head and back; her legs quickly froze, leaving her in danger of frostbite. She had to be carried down the mountain, narrowly escaping death. Culture Trip: Climbing Everest and skiing to the North Pole are pretty adventurous Louisiana folk dating for someone with no mountaineering experience.
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From there, it just all made sense. CT: Tell us about the training.
What was the toughest part? BN: To be honest, I was really clueless.
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I started out by running 17 miles a week, each week trying to cut the time down. It was all about endurance, fitting in as much as I could.
It was, without a doubt, my toughest climb to date. I was so far out of my comfort zone. Each day was the hardest day of my life. CT: Would you say climbing Everest is as much a mental slog as it is physical? The fitness thing is almost an afterthought.
You have to remember no one else can make your dreams come true. CT: I North Dakota looking for a date say in your book that reaching the summit was an anticlimax. On the descent, I had a momentary lapse in concentration and slipped, bashed my head on a rock [the majority of deaths on Everest occur during the descent]. I felt like I had failed — there were feelings of confusion and horror as I asked myself how had I got it so wrong.
CT: Did the accident affect your passion for climbing? BN: It took me a long time to use that fall as fuel to carry on. I felt like I needed another challenge.
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