Lindsey Coulson likes to scale mountains. With her sister, Alison, she made a name for herself climbing the tallest and most treacherous peaks in the world. But when Alison dies on a K2 expedition—the second highest mountain on earth—Lindsey stops climbing. Unable to shed the grief over her sister, it becomes clear she must return to the wilderness, and only one place will do—K2, the Savage Mountain.
Tyler Galloway has finally secured a permit from the Pakistani government to bring an American team to K2. When Lindsey Coulson inquires about joining the expedition, he gladly brings the famed mountaineer on board. Her strong climbing resume precedes her, and she’ll be a welcome addition to the small crew he has assembled. But K2 is a force unto itself, as is Lindsey. Both will test his limits. And both will test his heart.
British climber Alison Hargreaves was the first climber ever to solo the six great north faces of the Alps in a single season. It included the north faces of the Eiger, Grandes Jorasses, Matterhorn, Piz Badile, Petit Dru and Cima Grande di Lavaredo.
She was an outspoken mother of two who was often criticized for leaving her children at home while she risked her life on big mountains.
In 1995, she wanted to solo the three highest mountains in the world—Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga. On May 13, she reached the summit of Everest without the aid of Sherpas or bottled oxygen, becoming the first woman and second person overall to accomplish this feat (behind the legendary Reinhold Messner).
She then soloed to the top of K2 but died on her way down when a violent storm swept her from the mountain.
In her final interview, Hargreaves said that, “Everest was always at the back of my mind. It was never, ever at the front of it. I’d started to do a lot of solo climbing and then thought it would be great to try and do Everest totally independently, totally under my own steam, without oxygen.”
After her ascents of the north faces of the Alps solo in a single season, she wrote the book A Hard Day’s Summer.
In 2015, her son, Tom Ballard, who was six years old when she died, became the first person to climb the six north faces of the Alps alone in a winter season. Tragically, he died on Nanga Parbat in January 2019.
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Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. A fascination with science led her to earn two mechanical engineering degrees—she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh—but storytelling has always been her passion. She writes both contemporary tales and award-winning historical western romances.
With the release of Deep Blue, Kristy is launching The Pathway Series, a project she’s been developing for years. Each book will combine her love of animal conservation and environmental awareness, while also shining a light on unique and diverse locations around the world. Come along for high adventure with honorable heroes, determined heroines, and Kristy’s trademark mysticism.
An Arizona native, Kristy and her husband reside in the desert where they frequently remove (rescue) rattlesnakes from their property, go for runs among the cactus, and plan trips to far-off places like the Orkney Islands or Machu Picchu. But mostly, she works 12-hour days and enjoys at-home date nights with her sweetheart, which usually include Will Ferrell movies and sci-fi flicks. Her four children have nearly all flown the nest, and the family recently lost their cherished chocolate Labrador, Ranger, so these days a great deal of attention is lavished on Ranger’s sister, Lily, and the newest addition to the household—Marley, an older yellow Labrador they rescued in early 2018. Both dogs are frequently featured on Kristy’sInstagram account, so pop over to meet her canine family.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
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