WE CELEBRATE RELEASE OF ‘RUNNING EVEREST: ADVENTURES AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD’ BY HOLLY ZIMMERMANN
29 May has marked International Everest Day since its first successful ascent in 1953. Two years ago to the day, Holly Zimmermann – or ‘Ultramarathon Mom’ as she’s more widely known (her book of that title can be found here) – ran the 2018 Everest Marathon – the highest marathon in the world – and became the first international woman to reach the finish line.
Before even starting the marathon, she trekked with a fellow group of adventurers to Everest Base Camp. ‘Running Everest’ is the story of that group’s remarkable journey through the Khumbu Valley of Nepal, battling high-altitude sickness, deplorable sanitary conditions, freezing temperatures…and enjoying every minute of it! Then they turn around and run a marathon, the highest marathon in the world, back to civilization.
Are they extremists? Or the new generation of ordinary people? Written with humour and passion, Running Everest explores the culture, inhabitants, and the delicate balance of Hinduism and Buddhism in the breath-taking Himalayas, topped off by an exhilarating race over glacial moraines, high altitude plateaus, and steep rocky climbs, all in the shadow of the highest mountain on earth.
Holly Zimmermann recalls her incredible Himalayan journey. Fans of her first book, Ultramarathon Mom, will be thrilled to be reunited with some familiar names in this next narrative, including her running accomplice, Beatrice, a Zurich-based fashion-blogger who is equally tough in running shoes as in high heels, and Kyaron, a young Nepalese environmentalist.
This book is for everyone: runners, trekkers, mountain lovers, Everest fans, and anyone who adores a good story. But be warned, after reading Running Everest, a part of you may long for adventure.
You can get your copy of Running Everest, here