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Beyond the summit: An Everest adventure and Romance [Kindle Edition]

Linda LeBlanc
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Book Description

An American journalist in Nepal meets a young Sherpa porter and discovers beauty, love, danger, and tragedy in a cross cultural, mountain climbing drama. Beth and Dorje's worlds come together in a tender love story and high adventure as he follows his dream to reach the summit of Everest.
The novel has something for everyone: Sherpa culture, Buddhist rituals, mountaineering,avalanches and storms, conflict between generations and among friends as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, the Chinese takeover of Tibet, an Everest expedition from the porter's point of view.


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News reports about Mount Everest always focus on Western climbers. Yet, the essential Sherpas remain conspicuously absent, as if they are lesser human beings. LeBlanc rights the balance with this gripping novel about Dorje, an ambitious young sherpa guide who falls in love with an American journalist. Both renounce their partners and brave disapproval of their cultures to pursue their love - while ultimately, the forbidding mountain itself determines the fate of these star-crossed lovers. Final word: LeBlanc's vivid depiction of the Himalayas and the climbing culture make this a powerful read --Rocky Mt News A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. --USABooknews.com Beyond the Summit is a Himalayan adventure-romance set among the towering peaks of the Khumbu region, and it is both an informative and guilty pleasure. The novel follows Beth, an intrepid and comely young American journalist who travels to Nepal in the early days of tourism in the Himalayas once-forbidden kingdom. While there, she meets Dorje, a young Sherpa guide who exudes intelligent dignity and dreams of high summits. Dorje longs to join the modern world; Beth longs for the simplicity and authenticity Dorje s people represent; soon, they also long for each other. The two weather cultural misunderstandings, disapproval, jealousy, separation, self-seeking tourists, and deadly winter storms to find love across the cultures. The book is not only a traditional love story, it is also an ode to the humanity of the Sherpas, so often belittled and overlooked in Himalayan climbing dramas. And it is, furthermore, a darn good read. -Boulder Daily Camera --Boulder Daily Camera

This intelligently written adventure/romance novel details the lives of Sherpas in the Himalayas who earn a living as high-altitude porters for tourists who want to view Mt. Everest. Beth, an American journalist, has just arrived in Nepal to capture the never-before-told inside story of the Sherpas. She has brought along a top photographer, Eric, who is also her longtime boyfriend. Upon meeting Dorje, a handsome and virile young Sherpa who is one of the few who speaks English, Beth unexpectedly falls deeply in love with him, and he for her. However, harrowing mountain climbing expeditions and intricate family dramas complicate their hidden romance. This detailed look at the culture, beliefs, and traditions of the Sherpas and their difficult lifestyle is especially rich because it comes from one who knows it well. Adventure-traveler LeBlanc, who began working with Sherpas in the 1980s, was founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal, helped establish 18 lodges in the Solo-Khumbu region and organized and led treks to the Everest Base Camp. A dramatic travelogue, this book successfully transports the reader into the rare air of a chilling, dangerous, terrifying and sometimes deadly way of life. --Blueinkreviews.com

Beyond the Summit is a Himalayan adventure-romance set among the towering peaks of the Khumbu region, and it is both an informative and guilty pleasure. The novel follows Beth, an intrepid and comely young American journalist who travels to Nepal in the early days of tourism in the Himalayas once-forbidden kingdom. While there, she meets Dorje, a young Sherpa guide who exudes intelligent dignity and dreams of high summits. Dorje longs to join the modern world; Beth longs for the simplicity and authenticity Dorje s people represent; soon, they also long for each other. The two weather cultural misunderstandings, disapproval, jealousy, separation, self-seeking tourists, and deadly winter storms to find love across the cultures. The book is not only a traditional love story, it is also an ode to the humanity of the Sherpas, so often belittled and overlooked in Himalayan climbing dramas. And it is, furthermore, a darn good read. --Kangri News

About the Author

Born in Denver, Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, Linda's love affair with mountains began as a young child. An adventure traveler to 35 countries on six continents, she first discovered the wonderful Nepalese people in 1986. Working with a group of Sherpas, she was a founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal and helped establish 18 lodges in the Solo-Khumbu region. She began organizing and leading treks to the Everest Base Camp two years later. With a BA in literature and a Masters in Library Science, she combined her love of books, other cultures, and research skills to pen the first fiction written about Sherpas. High in the Himalayas during the worst storm in memory, she was appalled by world press coverage of the many foreigners who died but no mention of the Sherpas who also perished. She returned home to write their story.

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  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ama Dablam, Inc.; 1 edition (May 29, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MZ0RFS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on the roof of the world March 7, 2007
Format:Paperback
Author Linda LeBlanc, who began leading treks to Mt. Everest in Nepal 19 years ago, has captured the spirit of this remote Himalayan state and its Sherpa people in her novel "Beyond the Summit" with compassion, accuracy and fine prose.

When Beth flies into the Kathmandu Valley on a writing assignment in the first chapter, Le Blanc begins leading her readers into the high country of risk, romance and adventure with the assurance of an experienced guide.

As her plane lands, Beth shrieks, "Finally, after endless years of waiting, I'm here." Her dream: to see Nepal up close and personal while writing an article about the Sherpa people. Dorje, the young Sherpa who serves as her guide and translator, met Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay on their return from the summit of the "Mother Goddess of the World" years ago. His dream, since the age of five: to become the "Tenzing of the future" and climb the 29,028-foot (8,848-meter) Mt. Everest.

Dorje, already in a strained relationship with his proud, conservative father, increases family friction by working for the well-paying climbers and trekkers whose money and values threaten the Sherpa culture and traditions. The tension increases when Beth and Dorje become romantically involved even though each of them is promised to another.

The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers on an exciting journey through harshly beautiful and dangerous territory to the roof of the world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a novel of high adventure and romance August 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
I loved this book from beginning to end and couldn't put it down. The storms, the climb, the cultural conflicts, the Sherpa culture and Buddhism, the passionate love affair between an American and Sherpa guide gripped me. The author drew me into the lives of the characters so deeply that I rejoiced when they did and cried with them. Rarely have I felt such empathy. My husband read it too and had the same reaction. It speaks to both men and women.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Summit August 7, 2006
Format:Paperback
"Beyond the Summit" is a beautifully written story about a young Sherpa and an American woman. It vividly describes the often forgotten life and traditions of the Sherpa. There have been many books written about the Mount Everest trekkers, but we don't often hear about nor comprehend that without the Sherpa's support, there wouldn't be an ascent. "Beyond the Summit" goes beyond the Trek, it goes to the heart of a Sherpa's life.

Both Beth and Dorje have a dream. Beth, an American Journalist, is in Nepal to write a story about the life of a Sherpa. Dorje goes against tradition to pursue his dream of making it to the "Top of the World". Having met Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when he was but 5 years old, he has held his dream of being another Tenzing.

Dorje and Beth's world come together in a beautifully written story of love and tenderness, tradition and adventure.

This book is filled with adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat. I felt like I knew what Dorje was feeling and what his family was going through. I learned so much about the life of a Sherpa: their traditions, their food, their lifestyle. This heart wrenching novel gives life, understanding, and respect to the Sherpa. I cried for Dorje and Beth's happiness and I cried for their loss. Beyond the Summit is a `must read'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nepal Adventure and Romance June 20, 2006
By S. Hoey
Format:Paperback
This was a wonderful book to read. I've been to Nepal, and I recognize that Ms. LeBlanc has really done a great job of describing the people, the landscapes, the Buddhist religion, and the crazy tourists. The Sherpas are so special, and she did well explaining their love of their land and people. There is also the added delight of a fine romance between an American author and a Sherpa guide, overlying the tale. I don't think there are many books like this one that tell about the climbing from a Sherpa's perspective; usually the emphasis is on the climber, and I liked the way this book told its tale from both the woman's viewpoint as well as the Sherpa's. A good read, hard to put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adventure at its best June 10, 2006
Format:Paperback
This adventure about Sherpas of the Everest region is gripping from beginning to end. It has something for everyone. Sherpa culture and its changes, Buddhist practices, Everest climbs from a porter's point of view and a love affair between a Sherpa and an American are expertly woven throughout the story. This is a great read from a number of perspectives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Outdoor Adventurers January 16, 2008
Format:Paperback
This fictional story about the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region of Nepal is highly entertaining and informative. I am planning a trek to Everest base camp and this book provided invaluable insight into my future experience. I have become very interested in the Sherpa culture, food, religion, etc. since reading this book. (Prayer flags fly from my balcony now). Linda does a good job telling about the Everest experience from the Sherpas point of view rather than the climber's. There are many books written about the climber's experiences but few about the Sherpa experience. The Sherpa have been gaining support from many who have visited their country. The love affair between a Sherpa and an American writer is thoughtfully threaded though the Everest and Sherpa fabric so that it is not overbearing. I enjoyed having a glossary of terms in the back. A must read for climbers and trekkers and all who love outdoor adventure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boon goes to Nepal.
A bit too Mills and Boon for me better for a teenage girl to read. Would not recommend for the more mature reader.
Published 29 days ago by J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Everest
A well written book of Everest with the meeting of two cultures A beautiful glimpse into the life of the people living at the top of the world. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anjay Vather
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting love and adventure
I picked this book because of the Everest title! I got more than an adventure. I learned of a culture of people, how they live, survive and of their beliefs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Everest
I always enjoy a book where I can learn about other countries and their traditions. I remember when I was young, reading Lost Horizon. That book stayed with me forever.
Published 7 months ago by Gail Tripp
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
it was a bit predictable at times but overall it was an enjoyable and entertaining read. a nice escape from reality.
Published 19 months ago by yoda jazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a gripping tale that takes you to of the most exotic places in the world. It is well written with detailed descriptions that will make you feel like you are actually... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Do some living before it's too late
"Tell me that you haven't dreamed of walking in the quiet of the foothills of the Himalayas in the spring. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Tailer
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience Recreated
Linda LeBlanc has recreated the experience of climbing Everest by using personal experience plus extensive research. I treked in Nepal about 25 yrs. Read more
Published 22 months ago by renae dechter levin
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Summit
Beyond the Summit was a very entertaining and educational read. I was enthralled with the descriptions of the scenery, the Sherpas, the climbers and the overall atmosphere... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stella L. Baca
4.0 out of 5 stars A few holes in the scheme of logic.
I read this book while in Nepal for the first time several years ago. I am going back to Nepal for my annual 3 month stay and wanted to read it again. Read more
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More About the Author

Born in Denver, CO, I've spent my life exploring the Rocky Mountains. The volunteer activity director of an adult outdoor club, I led trips 35 weekends a year for 13 years. I took between 25-50 people camping, hiking, mountain climbing, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, spelunking, downhill and cross country skiing.

International travel is my passion. I've visited 37 countries, many of them quite exotic. I was a founder of the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal. Two years later, I began organizing and leading treks to the Everest Base Camp. Present during the worst storm in Nepal's history, I was appalled at world press coverage of the foreigners who died with little mention of the Sherpas who also perished. I returned home to write their story and told it in fiction in order to reach a larger audience. Everything in the book is based on actual events, interviews with Sherpas, my own experiences, and extensive research. I'm a reference librarian.

The parents of Jordan Romero chose me to write his story based on my knowledge of Everest, my extensive travel experience, and my ability to relate to teens as a young adult librarian. It was a pleasure getting to know this family and an incredible young man. No Summit Out of Sight tells of his adventures climbing the highest peaks on each continent. He reached the summit of Everest at age 13.

Four Teens Challenge Everest is the perfect companion to his story, The teens are climbing Everest from the south at the same time he climbed from the north. They refer to him often.

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