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The Sky's the Limit: The Remarkable Story of Vicky Jack and Her Quest to Climb the Seven Summits Hardcover – 12 Sep 2007
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At 8.15 am on 16 May 2004, Vicky Jack stood on top of the world. After seven amazing years, she had fulfilled her ambition to climb the Seven Summits - the highest mountains in each of the seven continents - the culmination of which came when she reached the top of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. In doing so, she became, at the age of fifty-one, the oldest British woman to climb Everest and the first Scotswoman to complete the Seven Summits."The Sky's the Limit" is Vicky's story. Her desire to climb came from childhood walks and holidays in Argyll but it wasn't until she was in her thirties that she began tackling the Munros. Having climbed them all, she set her sights on the Seven Summits. She's fallen off Mount McKinley in Alaska, she nearly died in a blizzard in Antarctica, she was chased by armed security men in Indonesia and, in the face of atrocious weather conditions, had to abandon her first attempt on Everest. Despite all this, Vicky wouldn't call herself a mountaineer - she would say she is just a hillwalker.And, during her years of climbing all over the world, Vicky has also successfully pursued a high-level career.This book is the story of an ordinary woman who pushed herself to extraordinary heights.
About the Author
Vicky Jack was in her forties before she began her record-breaking climbs of the Seven Summits in seven years. At the same time she pursued her career as an executive director in both private and public sector organisations. She is also a motivational speaker. Anna Magnuson is a writer, broadcaster and author. She has been a radio producer with the BBC since 1988 and has made radio documentaries all over the world.
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The book is peppered with charming references to Scottish Munros and it was climbing her local hills that led Vicky Jack to her quest for the Seven Summits, and completing the Munros provided endorsement for acceptance on commercial expeditions. It was in Scotland that Vicky ensured the fitness and competence to enable her to go on to the Seven Summit's challenge. However much biographer Anna Magnusson stresses her subject's resolute mental power and her resilient bodily strength I suspect readers will want to know more about Vicky who appears as a quiet self-reliant individual avoiding the limelight. Even so Vicky admits freely how the Seven Summits, and particularly Everest, changed her and allowed her to be more comfortable within herself. The book is essentially about a journey with a purpose and a destination, and it finishes quoting Vicky Jack as: "It's the journeys, the adventures and the experiences, and going places I would never have dreamt of". `The Sky's The Limit' is a powerful and inspiring book but more could be said about other phases in the life of Vicky Jack.
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