Latest "Just for the love of it book" Posts

I love ebooks. The idea that I can disappear for a week-long ski-tour or a two-month long Himalayan expedition and just tuck a Kindle into my rucksack, a device the size of a paperback that can contain a 1000 books, one for every mood and every occasion, recharged infrequently thanks to a solar panel and […]

Back at the end of the 1990s I wrote up the story of my three Everest expeditions and two summits, firmly convinced that I was closing the door on that chapter of my life. I called the book Just For The Love Of It (being heartily sick of books titled The Death Zone or Killer […]

I climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in January of 1996. I was one of 200 women who had applied for one open place on the 1st South African Everest Expedition and Kili was the selection mountain where one woman would be chosen from a short-list of six. The following is from the first […]

The following is an extract of my book, Just for the love of it, which tells the story of my first three expeditions to Everest, of which the First South African Everest Expedition was the first. Our small team was sitting on the South Col, at 8000 metres, having decided to wait 24 hours before […]

One of the questions I am most commonly asked is: what did it feel like to stand on the summit of Everest? The text below comes from my book Just for the love of it and describes my first Everest summit on 25 May 1996. I moved slowly up yet another small rise and onto […]