Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Why three times? Because sometimes that's what it takes to get over something. She finished Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, while working with Cheryl Strayed in the French Alps.Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Runner's World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah's Lifeclass, was one of Outside magazine's 127 Defining Moments finalists, and has been written about in Redbook and American Hiker magazine. She lives in Summit, New Jersey, with her husband, Chris, and two daughters.
"In Gorge, Kara Richardson Whitely takes us where few have dared to go before: thrillingly up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and profoundly down to the darkest depths of food addiction. Kara is fearlessly honest and powerfully intelligent. I was moved and inspired by every page of this beautiful book."--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail "Gorge reminds us of just how strong the human spirit is, and how resilience and determination can, in fact, triumph over despair."--Ann Hood, author of Comfort: A Journey Through Grief "Kara Richardson Whitely wasn't about to let her weight stop her from conquering the roof of Africa. Her triumph as a plus-sized hiker is as inspiring as it is refreshing."--Backpacker Magazine "This detailed account of [Kara Richardson Whitely's] travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'"--The New York Times