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Author Topic: Book of the Month: Jo Gambi: Holding On. Win a copy!  (Read 8185 times)


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Rob & Jo Gambi were the first married couple to climb the 7 summits together and after their climbs Jo wrote the book: Holding On (A story about Love and survival).

Jo sent me a copy and it was a great read. She managed to give the climbing of the 7 summits a personal face by describing her husband Rob's fight against cancer, before and during their adventures.

It starts with the hilarious first contacts in the mountains and continues with their dream to climb the 7 summits while Rob is recovering from his cancer.

As with most 7 summits climbs, Everest is the literal highpoint of the climbs, she manages to write about the climb and all its ups and downs grippingly without any false sentiments. Anyone that has ever climbed Everest from the Tibetan side will relive thier experiences, anyone still planning to do it, especially on an organised expedition, should read it.

She also includes some other adventures and though the skiing to the South Pole and the climb up Cho Oyu are very enjoyable and add to the story, the climbs up Ama Dablam and skiing to the North Pole come as an anticlimax after Everest and though the accomplishments are great an unique, it might have been a better book without these.

Overall very readable book, filled with honest self-reflection and a good balance between information, drama and -very important- humour

Click here to buy 'Holding On : A Story of Love and Survival' at Amazon.uk (not available at amazon.com) or check out Jo's book on their own website here: http://www.robandjogambi.com/josbook.html

Win a free copy of the Hardcover!

Jo has sent one extra copy for me to give away to the readers of the 7 summits.com forum and newsletters. How can you win?

Sign up for the forum here if you have not already done so (might take a day to get approved), sign in and write a review of an adventure book or movie you like or maybe don't like!

Your favorite book about Mountaineering, biographies of climbers, books about training or the psychology of climbers, anything that will be interesting to the 7 summits.com readers. Post it in this Books and Movies board in the next 10 days and afterwards I will check the best review. It does not mean that your review should be positive, but it should be honest and useful. You can post as many reviews as you want, it will increase your chances.

Looking forward to seeing your reviews!
"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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