Kit DesLauriers made history by being the first person to ski from the summit of each continent's highest mountain—after climbing it. Centered on her quest to climb and ski the Seven Summits, Higher Love is a hero’s journey, rich with personal insights, life-threatening consequences, and a thrilling crescendo.
Spanning seven continents in just two years, this is Kit’s personal account of the secret journey that would change her heart and her life forever. From braving Antarctica’s bone-chilling temperatures to trudging through an African rain forest, from corn snow on the continental slopes of Australia to blue ice on Everest, Kit leads you up each mountain and gives you a heart-racing ride back down.
This candid, fast-paced story shows how inspiration, teamwork and honoring our true nature blazes the trail to every summit, on or off the mountain.
|Publisher:||Rare Bird Books|
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About the Author
Kit DesLauriers is a world-class athletesponsored by the outdoor-apparel company The North Face, as well as Dynastar, Smith Sport Optics, Dynafit, and othersbut also wife, mother, and woman on a mission to serve the planet by raising awareness of climate change and working to preserve and protect the wild habitats that still exist. In her self-appointed role of “planetary park ranger,” she's an ambassador for 1% for the Planet, member of Protect Our Winters Riders Alliance, and board member for the American Alpine Club and Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free. Trained as a Wilderness First Responder and holding a Level Three Avalanche Certification, Kit approaches the mountain environment with great respect. If an observer thinks she is an "adrenaline junkie," Kit explains, "it's actually a lot more about risk management because I just love being out there."
In 2014, Kit made her third expedition to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. While climbing and skiing the two highest mountains in the remote Brooks Range, she collected scientific GPS data and measurements that were used to answer the geographic question, "What is the highest mountain in the US arctic?" For this recent merging of adventure and science, as well as for her ongoing career achievements, Kit was been named one of National Geographic 's 2015 Adventurers of the Year.
She lives in Teton Village, WY, with her husband Rob and their two young daughters.
Table of Contents
Play the Game 29
Ten-Year Wind and Snow 43
There But for the Grace of God… 48
This Time From the Top 55
The Dream Comes True 63
"Your Passport Sure Will Be Full" 73
Russia's Secret Hanging Valley 81
Adventure Travel at Its Finest 98
Going It Alone (and Sick) 109
Landing on Ice, Walking on Eggshells 116
"No One Can Make Me Leave" 129
Committed and Clear 142
Switching Partners 158
Racing the Devil 168
"Just Say What You Did" 172
Called Out on a Technicality 188
Sending in Special Ops 193
"Leaving the Valley" 205
Don't Rush the Mountain 216
Happy Anniversary! 229
An Inner Journey 241
"Who Calls This the Easy Way?" 250
The Summit 262
"Do not Sit Down and Die" 270
"Like Your Life Depends On It" 278
Freeing the Spirit 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. DesLauriers is the first person to ski the highest summit on each continent, also known as the Seven Summits. In this revealing and compelling memoir, she shares her journey from inception to completion. The summits include Denali, Elbrus, Vinson Massif, Kosciuszko, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and Everest. Each presented unique challenges and skill sets, and yet she managed to finish within a two-year period. This is a wonderful read, offering insights into the mind of a woman who engages in dangerous pursuits while also detailing the risk minimization that she practices diligently. Still, the Everest portion will leave you dangling on the edge of your seat. I especially enjoyed the side-stories about her wolf dog. Well-written and fascinating, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.