Fighting for life on the killer mountain
'First-person accounts of Himalayan ascents by women are few and far between, and To Live is a worthy addition to any mountain literature collection.' UKClimbing.com
French climber lisabeth Revol holds an impressive list of achievements in the world of mountaineering and adventure. A former gymnast, she took up climbing as a teenager in her local range, the crins massif. She honed her alpine skills as a member of the FFCAM (Fdration Franaise des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne) and combined mountaineering with a career as a PE teacher. She climbed in the Alps and opened new routes in the Bolivian Andes before discovering a love for high-altitude climbing in the Karakoram and Himalaya. In 2008, lisabeth became the first woman to link three 8,000-metre summits when she soloed Broad Peak, Gasherbum I and Gasherbrum II in sixteen days, without supplementary oxygen. After the death of her climbing partner Martin Minak on an expedition to Annapurna in 2009, she spent some time focusing on adventure racing before returning to mountaineering. In winter 2015, lisabeth and Tomasz (Tomek) Mackiewicz reached an altitude of 7,800 metres on Nanga Parbat before being forced to descend. In May 2017, lisabeth completed a solo ascent of Lhotse without oxygen. She returned to Nanga Parbat that winter with Tomek to make her fourth attempt on the mountain and Tomeks seventh. They reached the summit on 25 January 2018, but tragedy struck when Tomek died on the descent and lisabeth was rescued suffering from frostbite. To Live, her personal account of these events, was first published in French as Vivre in 2019. Following a period of recovery, she continued to climb, summiting Everest and Lhotse on successive days in May 2019, and Manaslu in September 2019.