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To the Greatest Heights

Facing Danger, Finding Humility, and Climbing a Mountain of Truth

Long before she became the first American woman to summit K2 and the first British woman to return from its summit alive, Vanessa O’Brien was a feisty suburban Detroit teenager forced to reinvent her world in the wake of a devastating loss that destroyed her family. Making her own way in the world, Vanessa strove to reach her lofty ambitions. Soon, armed with an MBA and a wry sense of humor, she climbed the corporate ladder to great success, but after the 2009 economic meltdown, her career went into a tailspin.

She searched for a new purpose and settled on an unlikely goal: climbing Mount Everest. Her first attempt ended in disaster; two years later, she made it to the top of the world. And then she kept going. Grounded by a cadre of wise-cracking friends and an inimitable British spouse, Vanessa held her own in the intensely competitive world of mountaineering, summiting the highest peak on every continent, and skiing the last degree to the North and South Poles. She set new speed records for the Seven Summits, receiving a Guinness World Record and the Explorers Grand Slam, and finally made peace with her traumatic past.

This riveting and uplifting memoir, told with heart and humor, is a transformative story of resilience, higher purpose, and the courage to overcome any obstacle.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Vanessa O'Brien
ISBN 1982123788
Publication Date Mar 30, 2021
Publisher Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Language English