POSTPONED: Johanna Garton - Edge of the Map (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

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How did a girl from a small Midwestern town become one of the world's top female alpinists, a record holder for the most 8000-meter peaks climbed by an American woman? Christine Boskoff would have deflected that question with a smile, but it's a story that is told in full in Edge of the Map.

Edge of the Map traces Christine's life as a high-altitude climber and trailblazing mountain guide: from a two-day climbing course while a Lockheed engineer in Atlanta to her remarkable leadership of Seattle's Mountain Madness guiding company following Scott Fischer's death on Everest in 1996. She was a rarity at the time: a woman leading otherwise all-male expeditions. Despite challenges both personal and professional, Christine persevered to find freedom and a balance with nature on the earth's wildest peaks.  And, in legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler, she discovered her perfect partner.

A role model to many, Christine avoided media and fame, preferring to find adventure in the most remote regions. But in 2006, when she and Charlie disappeared while climbing in China, the world was riveted by the dramatic search.

Johanna Garton interviewed more than seventy-five friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler in the course of her work on Edge of the Map, including notable climbers Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, Hector Ponce de Leon, Steve Swenson, Conrad Anker, and Mark Gunlogson, current owner of Mountain Madness. Conversant in Mandarin, Garton conducted several weeks of research and interviews near the site of Boskoff's death in China. Garton is a journalist, attorney, and non-profit consultant who lives in Denver. Her first book, Awakening East, traced the joys and challenges of adopting two children from China, then later moving back to China with them for a year of heart-wrenching discovery and adventure.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781680512885
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mountaineers Books - February 26th, 2020

Edge of the Map is equal parts inspiring, dramatic, and heartbreaking. One of America's greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner died in an avalanche in 2006. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model to her climbing partners and the Sherpa community.