Rising

Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest

  • 272 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-262-5
  • Oct 1, 2019

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In 1986, Sharon Wood was part of a self-supported Canadian team with big ambitions: they were attempting to reach the summit of Everest via a variation on the dangerous West Ridge. And they intended that Wood would be the first North American woman to reach the summit. At the same time, however, there was an American team on the mountain with a plan to make Annie Whitehouse the first North American woman. The American climbers were attempting an easier route, but their team included, by coincidence, Wood’s exboyfriend, acclaimed mountaineer Carlos Buhler, now dating Whitehouse--certainly the makings of an exciting adventure and high-altitude drama!

But Sharon’s new memoir offers much more. Fast-paced and highly readable, Rising is a thoughtful literary story redolent with twists and turns, relatable characters and dialogue, and mental and emotional conflicts. Although Everest casts a long shadow, the mountain serves here as a stage for a more human story, not one of conquest.

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  • 272 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-262-5
  • Oct 1, 2019
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