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In The Shadow of the Mountain
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In The Shadow of the Mountain (Hardback)

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"Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a woman possessed of uncommon strength, rare compassion, and a ferocious stubbornness to not allow the trauma of her childhood to destroy her life." - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

"A beautiful and urgent offering." - Eve Ensler, Writer, Activist, The Vagina Monologues


Peruvian climber Silvia Vasquez-Lavado spent a lifetime running away from trauma. As a child she suffered sexual abuse and, as an adult, she struggled with both her sexuality and addiction.

In spite of her private battles, Silvia climbed many of the world's greatest peaks. But she had yet to take on Everest.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN tells Silvia's story of abuse, addiction and trauma, and then how, in 2016, she gathered a party of six sexually abused girls, and together they began the two-week expedition to Everest Base Camp. It would become an ascent that would not only form unbreakable friendships, but one that would also help them confront their individual traumas.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, In the Shadow of the Mountain is a memoir of strength, compassion and honesty. With each step, Silvia understands that the secret to healing herself and to others is about accepting, not beating, her feelings. Not conquering, but surrendering to the mountain, just like trauma.

"Told with searing honesty, this vividly wrought memoir chronicles an almost superhuman journey from the deep vortex of trauma and self-destructive compulsions to the heights of physical endurance and spiritual emergence."- Dr.Gabor Mate, Bestselling Author of In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, mountaineer, explorer, social entrepreneur and technologist living in San Francisco, California. In 2014, she launched Courageous Girls, a non-profit that helps survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking. Now a private consultant, Vasquez-Lavado was recognised by Fortune Magazine as one of the Corporate Heroes of 2015, while CNET named her one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in Silicon Valley. She has also been recognised by the Peruvian government as one of the "Marca Peru" ambassadors (country brand ambassadors) and is a member of the elite Explorers Club- an international professional society with the goal of promoting scientific exploration. Vasquez-Lavado is one of the few women in the world who have completed the "Eight Summits" as of 2019, climbing the Seven Summits across both the Bass and Messner lists.

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