No Magic Helicopter

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When the bottom fell out of Carol Masheter's life at age 50, she took up mountaineering to cope with her grief and anger. Little did she know that mountaineering would lead her to try Everest when she was 61 in 2008. "No Magic Helicopter: An Aging Amazon's Climb of Mount Everest" chronicles her preparation for the climb, the struggle to the summit, and the blind descent that nearly cost her life. Currently, Dr. Masheter is the second oldest woman in the world to summit Everest and return home alive.
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Carol Masheter, known as the SilverFox to her friends, has been a research chemist, a university professor in the social sciences, and an epidemiologist in public health. Dr. Masheter has summited four of the Seven Summits: Mount Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as Cho Oyu and a dozen peaks in South America. When not mountaineering, Dr. Masheter lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and engages in numerous outdoor activities with friends. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, the arts, talking with interested groups about her mountaineering experiences. She supports a foster daughter in India.

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May 22, 2013
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214
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9781456600860
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English
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Health & Fitness / Healthy Living
Sports & Recreation / General
Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering
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