By Cathy O'Dowd
Ny occasions BEST-SELLER NOVEMBER 2015
"How refreshing...when there are nonetheless such a lot of demanding situations left on the earth, at a time whilst those very traits [endurance and braveness] have to be constructed in our early life, to discover a tender sleek explorer in Cathy O'Dowd pushing her limits 'just for the affection of it'. A cause that turns out nearly as good as any, and possibly higher than most."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer
At 8am on 29 might Cathy O’Dowd, a 30-year-old mountaineer from South Africa, stepped onto the summit of Everest and into history. She had become the first woman to climb the top mountain on this planet from either its south (Edmund Hillary) and north (George Mallory) aspects. to accomplish this, Cathy has needed to face the final risks of Everest.
During her first ascent from the south in 1996, she and her team have been trapped within the killer hurricane defined in Jon Krakauer’s top vendor Into skinny Air. They ultimately reached the summit, basically to have the fun of success snatched away while a staff member disappeared at the descent. In 1998 Cathy, making an attempt the north part of Everest, stopped just a couple of hundred metres from the summit to try to help a dying American climber. The woman’s first phrases have been ‘don’t go away me’. but Cathy ultimately needed to depart her to save lots of her personal existence.
Now Cathy has captured the drama of her Everest climbs, her passion for the problem of hiking mountains and her love for wild areas during this tale of her 4 makes an attempt at the mountain. Cathy attempts to reply to the query of why, if hiking Everest can be so risky, humans nonetheless are looking to do it.
Featuring a brand new bankruptcy specific to this digital variation, Cathy stocks the formerly untold tale of her fourth Everest excursion, an try to climb a brand new direction at the seldom visited and intensely dicy east face of Everest. Storms, avalanches and crevasses all contributed to an excursion fraught with trouble.
This is a book of problem, of event, of affection and lifestyles and dying. this can be Everest, the world’s optimum mountain, climbed ‘just for the love of it’.
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Additional info for Just for the love of it: The first woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides
There has been no nice selection to come to Everest, no riding ambition to climb it back. I simply desired to cross mountaineering, to realize extra high-altitude event, to come again to the Himalaya. This used to be the answer that offered itself. now not strangely, elevating some huge cash for Everest proved more uncomplicated than elevating a smaller quantity for a much less recognized mountain. although, it really is by no means effortless. It took us six months of labor, and plenty of, many closed doorways, sooner than we ultimately reached our funds. monstrous expeditions are in truth made from mountains, set back-to-back. you've made the summit of the 1st mountain if you step at the airplane that might take you to the foot of the second. it really is as a lot of a problem to climb the 1st one, and in many ways way more paintings. i used to be busy completing the booklet whereas Clare and Ian knocked on doorways, searching for cash. greater than as soon as I felt able to pull the plug typically plan. in spite of the fact that, Ian ploughed on together with his attribute selection. His endurance used to be eventually rewarded. We had the money not only to climb the mountain yet to supply subsidized areas at the workforce and to run a variety day trip to Aconcagua. We have been off to Everest, once more. Pemba hiking within the Khumbu icefall. Ian crossing a crevasse on a ladder. Bruce mountain climbing within the Khumbu icefall. Cathy (top) and Ian descending during the Khumbu icefall. Cathy at 7,000 metres at the Lhotse face. Cathy (left) and Ian at camp three, with the south col in the back of them. Bruce Herrod: 1959 − 1996 bankruptcy nine The white wind We walked up an eroded hillside, slipping at the wet earth. the line under us reduce an unsightly swathe throughout the drab brown mountains. The village of Puenta del Inca sprawled subsequent to it, a scruffy choice of small constructions. It was once a much cry from the beauty of the Himalaya. Then we reached the mouth of a valley and become it. the trail curved around a small lake, a turquoise jewel reflecting the cotton-wool clouds. A grass-clad hall led in the direction of an enormous squat mountain, an impressive presence. It brooded upon the earth like an unlimited cake, brown-sided and with a canopy of icing at the most sensible. This was once Aconcagua, optimum mountain within the Americas, and the beginning of our 1998 excursion programme. We have been admittedly taking a look at the sting of the ambitious south face, which was once no longer a problem we have been approximately to take on. I had heard it defined because the identical of a number of Eiger north faces, piled one above the opposite. We have been going to skirt around the aspect to arrive the west slope of the mountain, a much gentler climb. This day trip used to be in many ways the identical of the Kilimanjaro journey in 1996. We had with us six South Africans, who have been at the short-list for choice for the 2 open locations on our Everest day trip. For Ian and me this used to be a part of our build-up to Everest, because it used to be for Jan Horn, who was once eventually going to understand his dream. He had filmed the Kilimanjaro journey and the memorial trek in Nepal. Now he will be accountable for filming on Everest. i used to be the prepared younger factor who was once going to need to get the high-altitude photos, below his path.