Just for the Love of It

  • by Cathy O'Dowd
  • Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman
  • 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At 8:00 a.m. on May 29, 1999, Cathy O'Dowd, a 30-year-old mountaineer from South Africa, stepped onto the summit of Everest and into history. She had become the first woman to climb the highest mountain in the world from both its south (Edmund Hillary) and north (George Mallory) sides. To achieve this, Cathy has had to face the ultimate risks of Everest.
During her first ascent from the south in 1996, she and her team were trapped in the killer storm described in Jon Krakauer's best seller Into Thin Air. They finally reached the summit, only to have the thrill of success snatched away when a team member disappeared on the descent. In 1998, Cathy, attempting the north side of Everest, stopped only a few hundred meters from the summit to try and help a dying American climber. The woman's first words were "don't leave me". Yet Cathy eventually had to leave her to save her own life.
Now Cathy has captured the drama of her Everest climbs, her passion for the challenge of climbing mountains, and her love for wild places in this story of her four attempts on the mountain. Cathy tries to answer the question of why, if climbing Everest can be so dangerous, people still want to do it.
This is a book of challenge, adventure, love, and life and death. This is about Everest, the world's highest mountain, climbed "just for the love of it".


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Customer Reviews

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Good read

I have read a lot of mountaineering books and this is refreshing in the way that it is as much about the human interactions in the expeditions as the climbing. I'd have liked just a little more about the mountain though, as some parts of the route are skipped over so quickly that I kept going back in case I'd dozed off and missed a bit. I couldn't really warm to the narrator whose voice doesn't sound like it belongs to someone who ventures up mountains and lacks passion for the subject, but it didn't detract too much from the story.
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- Ali S.

Not just for climbers

A fascinating view of what makes people challenge themselves Cathy on Everest but it might be someone challenging themselves to get fitter or anything else. Cathy writes in a nicely paced style with witty asides and also thrilling details of her climbing life all over the world but mainly in the Himalaya. I was a rock climber before disability stopped that and her descriptive writing reminded me of why I used to do it and the thrills and excitement of climbing.

The narration is nicely done my openly slight criticism is I kept trying to change Stevies accent into a South African one but her style is fresh and with enough enthusiasm in her voice to express the story really well.

All in all a great listen.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2015
  • Publisher: Crux Publishing