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Going Up Is Easy
Going Up Is Easy

Going Up Is Easy

The First Woman to Ascend Everest Without Oxygen


272 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (CA $29.95) (US $24.95)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9780143573234

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Books New Zealand (May 2016)
Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

Price: $24.95


Provocative, stirring, and beautifully written, this is the story of how one woman took on the mountaineering world and won

In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also an internationally controversial one. Going Up Is Easy details for the first time the events surrounding Bradey's historic feat, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions through Alaska, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India, China, Europe, and New Zealand. In the spirit of John Krakauer's Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, this book celebrates a life lived on the edge. Through her stories, we encounter a woman propelled by curiosity and passion to become one of the greatest female high-altitude adventurers of recent times. Co-written with acclaimed novelist Laurence Fearnley, a long-time friend of Bradey, and stunningly illustrated throughout, Going Up Is Easy is a life story by turns dramatic, tender, funny, frank and inspiring.

Author Biography

Lydia Bradey is one of Australasia's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. She made her first ascent of Aoraki/Mount Cook while still a teenager. She then traveled to Alaska, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan, where, in 1987, she became the first Australasian woman to climb an 8000-meter peak. In 1988, she made a historic ascent of Mount Everest, becoming the first woman to reach the summit without supplementary oxygen. Employed as a professional mountain guide, she has made two further ascents of Everest as well as climbed and guided extensively throughout Nepal, Pakistan, Antarctica, South America, Africa and Europe. Laurence Fearnley is the author of The Hut Builder.