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April 24, 2007


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Linda LeBlanc

To learn more about the Sherpa tribe that makes climbing Everest possible, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter's point of view.

Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to www.beyondthesummit-novel.com

Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
Richard Blake for Readers Views.

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc's vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended."
-- John (college professor)

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

The book is available from amazon.com, chesslerbooks.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders Stores, and the web site for an autographed copy.

Jake Norton

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your great comment - and your excellent book! I picked it up in Kathmandu a while back, and it is great! Kudos to you!

I noticed on your website you mention IPPG and thought you might want to also include Porters' Progress (www.portersprogress.org) - another amazing NGO working on the front lines to empower Himalayan porters to better their lives. (I am on the Board.)

Thanks again,

Jake Norton

Balaceanu Cristian

My name is Balaceanu Christian and I want to comment Everest Psihology.
Everest is beatiful mountain and same time very tragical mountain. I saw many climbers dying on Everest . Everest isn t technically mountain but high altitude , pressure decide your climb. One risen why the climbers die on Everest is that because they lose the power , they begin to climb the summit from the last camp, at the half of the way to the summit they loss the power of body and they need more oxigen and they use more oxigen from botthles of oxigen and after some hours the finish the oxigen and they begin to feel sick and they cannot move down and the death its comming. One factor is the wheather, I saw many situations when the climbers begin to climb early in the morning , and at 11 a clock the weather begin to change. The risen is the presure begin to come down and the winds become more strong . This makes on Everest like visibility to come down because the clouds come very fast .
One risen why climbers die on Everest is : when they are vey close to the summit the loss the powers and they want to go to the summit , they begin to walk slowly and they do the summit more later, and they dont have time to return , in same time the wheather can change. I this situation when climbers loss the powers its necesary to return , Its very risky to continue to climb the summit .
Every expedition on everest is different at every year , Everest has his psihology to kill the climbers.

Balaceanu Cristian - Mountaineer

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