Nancy Hansen

Nancy is a Canmore-based climber and ACC Ambassador. She has worked on and off for the ACC for the past 21 years. She is the first woman to have climbed all 11,000 ft peaks in the Canadian Rockies and is now working on something no other woman (or man) has done: climb all 50 Classic Climbs of North America. She is the 2014 recipient of the Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award. Follow her on Instagram at @nancyjhansen.

Articles by Nancy Hansen

Success on Cholatse

 Nancy Hansen is an Alpine Club of Canada Ambassador who has recently returned to Nepal to attempt a summit of Cholatse with her partner Ralf Dujmovits. Follow their story on our blog, and read some of Nancy’s previous adventures here. My partner, German alpinist Ralf Dujmovits, and I climbed the south-west ridge of Cholatse (6,440m/21,123′) from April […]

Chasing the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America – The Beginning

Fifty Classics – The Beginning “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely,” and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland   Mt. Sir Donald is the centerpiece of dozens of spectacular quartzite summits in the […]

Nancy Hansen – Training for Everest

(ACC Ambassador Nancy Hansen will be attempting Mt. Everest via the Norton Couloir this spring. You wouldn’t know it from Nancy’s writing, but this is a pretty big deal – the Norton Couloir, on Everest’s North Face, has only been climbed twice and she’ll be climbing in a team of two with no supplemental oxygen. […]

Climbing in S.E. Asia – Part I

When my boyfriend Ralf suggested we go on a two-month climbing trip to Thailand and Laos, I cringed, thinking of all the bad reviews I’d heard. Thailand has the reputation of being a beautiful country with really nice people and great food. But I had heard many say that climbing there was way too hot and humid, […]