Vanessa climbs 19 pitches to avoid a surprise party. Jes embraces falling—a lot. Angie finds her path to an epic grade 35. High in the Himalayas, Terra meets the Goddess of the Holy Lake. Xab battles her past as she faces a bold trad lead. After her father's death, Sammy inherits his mountaineering gear and follows in his footsteps. Kavita confronts the cultural constraints of her upbringing as she heads into the wilderness. Emily has a mid-multipitch meltdown when she sees the crux move. Gemma and Natasha seek out remote first ascents. Gerda finds Africa's mountains a breeze compared to its AK47s.
Thirteen adventurers share tales of exploration, adversity, discovery and determination in this follow up to More Than It Hurts, the recipient of the Special Jury Mention in the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Competition. Often funny, sometimes terrifying, always intriguing, these stories will inspire you to seek out your own wild places.