Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging On and Letting Go: Davis, Steph
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Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging On and Letting Go

Author(s): Davis, Steph

Copyright: 2015, US
Specifications: 1st thus, 8vo, pp.311, 40 color & 76 bw photos, wraps
Condition: new

Steph Davis is a superstar in the climbing community. She is the only woman to have free soloed 5.11, the first woman to summit all the peaks of the Fitzroy Range, the second woman to free climb El Capitan in a day, the first woman to free climb the Salathė Wall on El Capitan, the first woman to free solo The Diamond on Longs Peak,, and the first woman to summit Torre Egger. But after her first husband, Dean Potter, makes a controversial climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the media fallout escalates rapidly and in one fell swoop leaves her without a partner, a career, a source of income…or a purpose.

In the company of only her beloved dog, Fletch, Davis sets off on a search for a new identity and discovers skydiving. Falling out of an airplane is completely antithetical to the climber’s control she had practiced for so long, but she perseveres, turning each daring jump into an opportunity to fly, first as a skydiver, then as a base jumper. As she opens herself to falling, she also finds the strength to open herself to love again, even in the wake of heartbreak. And before too long, she meets someone who shares her passion for living life to the limit.

This is Davis’s fascinating account of her transformation. Beginning with tentative skydives, then zipping into her first wingsuit and surviving devastating accidents against the background of breathtaking cliffs, to soaring beyond her past limits, she discovers new hope and joy in letting go.

First released in 2013 this new printing includes a new final chapter in which Davis describes the tragic death of her second husband, Mario Richard, following a wingsuit jump they did together in the Alps.


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