Gorge

My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

Honest and unforgettable, Kara’s journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Kara shows that big women can do big things.

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$17.00 USD
April 2015
256 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
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ISBN: 9781580055598

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Gorge

My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

By Kara Richardson Whitely

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper Original, April 2015

Kara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low. Struggling with a food addiction and looking for ways to cope with feelings of failure and shame, Kara ballooned to 360 pounds. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again—and this time, she would reach the summit without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear.

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds is the raw story of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her difficult but inspiring trek speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life.

“In Gorge, Kara Richardson Whitely takes us where few have dared to go before: thrillingly up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and profoundly down to the darkest depths of food addiction. Kara is fearlessly honest and powerfully intelligent. I was moved and inspired by every page of this beautiful book.”
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Go behind the scenes with Kara in this video as she prepares for her ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

About Kara Richardson Whitely

Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. She finished Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, while working with Cheryl Strayed in the French Alps.

Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, was one of Outside magazine’s 127 Defining Moments finalists, and has been written about in Redbook and American Hiker magazine.

Kara lives in Summit, New Jersey, with her husband, Chris, and two daughters.