Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

by Kara Richardson Whitely

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The inspiring memoir of a plus-size woman who summited Kilimanjaro while overcoming fat prejudice and her own demons -- "I was moved and inspired by every page of this beautiful book" (Cheryl Strayed)

Kara Richardson Whitely was determined to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But she struggled with each step -- with the grueling conditions on the steep mountainside, with the 300-pound weight of her own body, and with her food addiction, which came from a lifetime of reckoning with feelings of failure and shame. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up.

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds is the raw story of Kara's ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her inspiring trek speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life. Honest and unforgettable, Kara's journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580055604
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 386,191
File size: 882 KB

About the Author

Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Kara, a motivational public speaker, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Runner's World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah's Lifeclass and Good Morning America, and in the New York Times, Redbook, Weight Watchers, and Backpacker magazines. She lives in Summit, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Uphill Battle 1

Chapter 2 Deep Woods 9

Chapter 3 Hiker Girl 15

Chapter 4 Bear Mountains 23

Chapter 5 Working It Out 29

Chapter 6 Mad Marathon 35

Chapter 7 Baggage 41

Chapter 8 Squeezed 51

Chapter 9 Doing Good 57

Chapter 10 Briefing 65

Chapter 11 Trailhead 71

Chapter 12 Defeating Mountain 77

Chapter 13 Green Mountains 83

Chapter 14 Bearing 91

Chapter 15 Facing Truth 97

Chapter 16 Sweet Fix 105

Chapter 17 Love Letter 109

Chapter 18 Bucket List 117

Chapter 19 Catered 125

Chapter 20 Blue Baby 131

Chapter 21 Getting Up 135

Chapter 22 No Trace 143

Chapter 23 Bet on Me 155

Chapter 24 Self-Medicating 171

Chapter 25 Fresh Start 175

Chapter 26 Crumbling 181

Chapter 27 Wreckage 185

Chapter 28 Burning Nipples 189

Chapter 29 Cloud Camp 195

Chapter 30 Unimpeded 199

Chapter 31 Squished Lungs 203

Chapter 32 Losing It 209

Chapter 33 Deep Dark 213

Chapter 34 Frozen 219

Chapter 35 Dark Times 221

Chapter 36 Stripping 223

Chapter 37 Kiss the Sign 227

Chapter 38 Asante 229

Chapter 39 Booted 235

Chapter 40 Downtime 239

Chapter 41 Checking Out 243

Chapter 42 Coming Home 245

Epilogue: Last Gorge 247

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