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Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds Paperback – April 7, 2015
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"Gorge reminds us of just how strong the human spirit is, and how resilience and determination can, in fact, triumph over despair."Ann Hood, author of Comfort: A Journey Through Grief
"Kara Richardson Whitely wasn’t about to let her weight stop her from conquering the roof of Africa. Her triumph as a plus-sized hiker is as inspiring as it is refreshing."Backpacker Magazine
"This detailed account of [Kara Richardson Whitely's] travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'"The New York Times
About the Author
Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, was one of Outside magazine's 127 Defining Moments finalists, and has been written about in Redbook and American Hiker magazine. She lives in Summit, New Jersey, with her husband, Chris, and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
If you've ever told yourself, if I just loose 5lbs, 10lbs, 20lbs, 50lbs, +, I'll be happy, I'll do that thing I always wanted to do, then this is the book for you. This is an incredibly honest story of Kara's journey with food addition and her third (and successful) trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Like all people, Kara has dreams - to hike - to get to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and this memoir is about her journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. So many people like to criticize people who are overweight without realizing that food addiction is as real as cocaine addiction. Kara knows she's a food addict - her weight is painfully honest to her and to everyone else. She writes about what that struggle is like for her and it's a struggle I can relate to on so many levels. It's not a gussied up book promising a weight loss solution. It's just a telling of her dream and not letting her weight get in the way of living.
You want her to become magically thin when she reaches the summit, but we all know that's not how this kind of reality works. It's a struggle each and every day.
This is not just primarily an account of climbing Kilimanjaro but a real insight to the author’s deep and private life and is a warts and all account of her struggles with the addiction of food the associated problems that this brings. Kara is not looking for a shoulder to cry on here far from it more telling the reader that who-ever you are whatever you are going through you should never give up your dreams. Kara’s passion in life that comes through is to be an adventurer and Kilimanjaro has been a magnet that has pulled Kara back more than once.
The book moves through her private struggles with her addiction and through to her preparations and then the ascent of Kilimanjaro itself. Kara’s resilience and motivation are plain to see as you read through her account and is inspirational for anyone struggling with food addiction.
Having climbed Kilimanjaro in the past I know what that mountain can do to you, and it does pull you back. I just wish I shared Kara’s journey up Kili with her as she is a brave remarkable woman.
This is a book that should be read by anyone struggling and it will motivate you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An emotive journey of a woman who pushes herself to the brink, mentally and physically, to face her demons and deal with how her past has shaped her present.Published 25 days ago by a reader in Brussels
This was an okay book. Not so much about her physical journey up the mountain, but more about her weight loss journey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Becky
Courageous, insightful, self-deprecating and funny. Kara shares and sheds baggage and pounds and moves up beyond the clouds on this voyage of self-discovery.Published 1 month ago by Dido
I wanted to love this book, and at first I did, but it got repetitive really fast. I'm fat and my dad doesn't love me...every chapter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Wilson
I loved this story of the dedication to this woman who climbed and won. Not just the mountain but all the other baggage she was carrying in her life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
While not as 'sexy' as Wild by Cheryl Strayed, this is an excellent account of one woman's triumph in an exercise usually only attempted by skinny, well-toned hikers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kara writes a very inspiring story, revealing some very personal aspects of her past that make her the woman she is today.Published 3 months ago by ManvilleMomma
Her personal growth and internal battles mixed well with the challenge of climbing the mountain. This story makes me want to climb Kilimanjaro, we are now planning a trip.Published 3 months ago by Terri Eddy