Climber and author Isabel Suppé to speak at library
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Isabel Suppé will discuss her book “Starry Night” at the Grand County Library on Nov. 25. Courtesy photo
Isabel Suppé will discuss her book “Starry Night” at the Grand County Library on Nov. 25. Courtesy photo
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In July 2010, Isabel Suppé and a climbing partner, Peter Wiesenekker, were nearing the summit ridge of the 17,761-foot peak of Ala Izquierda in the Bolivian Andes when Wiesenekker slipped on ice and fell. The velocity of the fall ripped out the climbing anchors and the pair, who were tied together, fell more than 1,100 feet down the face of the mountain.

Both climbers suffered multiple broken bones, in the fall, and Wiesenekker also had head injuries. Suppé’s foot was crushed, her ankle was broken and she had a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula. Still, Suppé was determined to survive, and she spent the next two days inching her way across a glacier in order to find help.

Suppé recounts the accident and describes her struggle to reclaim her life in “Starry Night,” an award-winning book that has now been released in English.

The original Spanish version of “Starry Night” was shortlisted for the Desnivel Award of Literature in Spain. The book was also shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for outstanding contributions to outdoor literature.

Now recovering from her 14th surgery as a result of the accident, Suppé is bicycling from Washington state to Colorado. She will be stopping in Moab next week, where she will discuss the book and her experiences at an event on Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand County Public Library, 257 E. Center St.

The program, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the library’s large meeting room.

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