Bonita Norris

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Bonita Norris (born 1987) from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, was the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 22 from May 2010 until May 2012, when her record was broken by Leanna Shuttleworth, aged 19.[1]

In 2012, Bonita returned to the Himalayas for her fifth expedition, to attempt Mt. Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain. She successfully summited on 28 May 2012, becoming the first British woman to do so.[2]


  • Mt. Manaslu, 8153m (2009)
  • Mt. Everest, 8848m (2010)
  • Last degree ski expedition to the geographic North Pole (2011)
  • Mt. Ama Dablam, 6812m (2011)
  • Mt. Imja Tse (Island Peak), 6189m (2012)
  • Mt. Lhotse, 8450m (2012)

Charity work[edit]

Norris is a patron for the White Lodge Disability Centre in Chertsey, Surrey. In both 2011 and 2012, she led charity fund-raising teams to the summit of Kilimanjaro and has been asked to lead two more charity trips in 2013. During her Everest expedition, she raised £10,000 for the Global Angels Foundation and during her North Pole ski, £5,000 for the Forces Children's Trust.

Television presenting[edit]

She subsequently presented television coverage of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Dave.[3][4]


She attended The Holt School, located in Wokingham, Berkshire, England.[4] She went on to study at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2009 with a BA Media Arts.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Everest climber Leanna Shuttleworth reaches summit". BBC News.
  2. ^ grough Ltd. "grough — Bonita claims record with ascent of Everest's neighbour Lhotse".
  3. ^ a b "Alumna Bonita Norris goes to the extreme in new TV presenting job",, 8 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013
  4. ^ a b Nurse, Jon (2012) "Adventurer Bonita scales new heights as cliff diving presenter",, 15 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013

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