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about norman

Norman Croucher (OBE) is the acclaimed mountain climber who, despite having two below the knee artificial legs, set out to climb just one of the world's 14 mountains which exceed 8,000 metres (about 26,250 feet) or as he put it "join the 5-mile high club". His goal truly was a near impossible dream.

Alongside such people as round-the-world yachtsman Chay Blyth, the World Motor Racing Champion Jackie Stewart and athletics champion Brendan Foster, Norman has twice been chosen as Man of the Year.

 "Norman, I take my hat off to you." Lord Hunt

He has been the subject of a "This is Your Life" programme and received an OBE for his voluntary work for disabled people. He was the first disabled person to be appointed to the Sports Council. Norman is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow.

With Falklands veteran Simon Weston, he received a special "Men of the Years" award for continued achievement in celebration of the scheme's thirtieth anniversary.

"There is no one like him. His extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in climbing history". Sir Chris Bonington

learning to fly

One of Norman's most exciting recent adventures was a
Norman takes to the air in a tandem paraglider.
tandem paragliding flight in the Lake District, which he described as the most thrilling experience he has ever had. The flight was filmed as part of a profile of Norman for BBC Inside Out. A clip from the film is available here.

charity work and campaigns

Norman is committed to a number of campaigns and charities including Hospice Care, ShelterBox and Rotary International.

Norman has also bee involved with the Alpine Club's Spirit of Mountaineering Initiative and with developing sports for the disabled, through the Sports Council. Both Norman's paper's for the Sport's Council and the Alpine Club are available on this page, as is the full Spirit of Mountaineering Initiative brochure.

a challenge of a different kind

"One of my toughest ever challenges was going against the will of Sir Ludwig Guttman in promoting a wider spectrum of sports for disabled people than he wanted. How you contradict a man who was a hero for saving many jews during WWII, and who also saved many lives by transforming Stoke Mandeville Hospital?

It was a miserable time for m, but it came down to a clash between the limited vision of an old man, and the desire of people with disabilities to participate in any suitable sport, including adventure sports, which were not on the 'menu' at what seas unkindly, but perhaps justifiably called "Guttman's Ghetto" - Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium.
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what next?

"In November 2012 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer", says Norman.

"Radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed, and I shall soon discover whether an operation his required. After recuperation I plan a survivors expedition back to the Chilchorn (2,782m / 9,127ft) in Switzerland, to raise money for our local hospice organisation, Exeter Hospice Care."

"The other survivors will be Claire Bradford, who has survived a life threatening brain tumour and photographer and mountaineer Ian Swarbrick, who broke his neck in a scooter accident eight years ago."

Norman has previous experience of running survivors trips,
having led Courtney Farmer on an expedition to the Pyrenees in 2010, reported in the Alpine Journal (click icon to download). This time, as he battles with cancer, Norman is planning to be both participant and leader in his next survivor's trip.
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Alpine Club "Spirit of Mountaineering Initiative" Brochure
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"Spirit of Mountaineering" by Norman Croucher.
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"A challenge of a different kind" by Norman Croucher
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"Not being one to give up easily, without bottled oxygen, Norman climbed the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyo in Tibet, which stands at 8,201m (26,906ft)."


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