Everest adventurer details her exploits to Harpenden pupils

LESS than six months after becoming the youngest woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Bonita Norris visited a Harpenden secondary school to speak to students.

She outlined how she climbed Everest on May 17, 2010, at the age of 22 when she spoke to the sixth form and Year Seven assemblies at Sir John Lawes School.

She told them how only 18 months prior to the achievement she had never climbed before and gave out a message of inspiration and determination that anyone can achieve what they want if they put their mind to it.

Her next challenge is an expedition to the South Pole with an all-British female team. The aim is to reach the pole on the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen who led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911.

Bonita, a disability assistant from Berkshire, now holds two mountaineering records – in the autumn of 2009 she became the youngest woman in history to reach the false summit of Mt Manaslu in the Himalayas, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163m.

Bonita’s visit was arranged through a parent of a Year Seven pupils who works for her sponsor, Vocalink.