about normanNorman 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 flyOne of Norman's most exciting recent adventures was ahere.
charity work and campaignsNorman is committed to a number of campaigns and charities including Hospiscare, 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 do 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 me, 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 was unkindly, but perhaps justifiably called "Guttman's Ghetto" - Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium.
what next?In November 2012 I was diagnosed as having bowel cancer”, says Norman. Following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, an irreversible colostomy operation rid me of the disease.
"As part of my recovery, as soon as I was I diagnosed with the disease, I started making plans for a post recovery trip", says Norman, this trip became Norm's Survivors Climb.
Pyrenees Expedition 2010
A short account from the Alpine Journal of Norman's trip to climb in the Pyrenees with Courtney Farmer.
"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)."
bookingsTo book Norman for a talk or lecture, please visit The Right Address or call +44 1895 827 800.
Please note that all Norman's lectures include multimedia content (Powerpoint presentations, slideshows and video).