Sharon Wood

In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first woman from the Americas to summit Mount Everest – and the first woman in the world to do so via the West Ridge from Tibet and without Sherpa support. Thirty-four years later her debut memoir, Rising hit the shelves.

About Sharon

Canadian, SHARON WOOD made history in l986 when she became the first woman from North America to climb Mount Everest. Her small team’s ascent of the difficult West Ridge, without Sherpa support, was a first from the Tibetan side. Despite several attempts since, their route has never been repeated.

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What others are saying about "Rising"

"More than a superb, nail-biting account of her ascent of Mt. Everest, Rising is Sharon Wood's deeply personal reflection on loyalty, gratitude, and the unbreakable bonds formed on the mountain."
-- Bernadette McDonald, award-winning author of Art of Freedom
"Rising is a most welcome addition to the swaths of mountain literature about Himalayan exploration and exploits on Everest. But make no mistake, this is no conventional tale of reaching the highest point on earth. [...] "
-- Joanna Croston – Festival Director, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
"Sharon Wood has written a beautiful, totally absorbing story full of courage and resilience. True to its title, RISING is so much more than just a climbing narrative. It's an ascent in so many ways."
-- Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt
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