Learning to Fly by Steph Davis
An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and One Amazing Dog

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Learning to Fly is a fascinating read about a woman who is not only a great athlete but who, in the course of the book, becomes a strong and mature person capable of sharing love in a real and meaningful way. It will be of interest to athletes and those who only want to get some idea of what that life is like...
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WITH A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR

World-class free climber Steph Davis delivers a “thrilling and infectiously interesting” (San Francisco Book Review) memoir about rediscovering herself through love, loss, and the joy of letting go. The paperback includes a new epilogue in which Davis shares how her husband Mario’s tragic accident has affected her relationship to climbing and flying.

Steph Davis is a superstar in the climbing community and has ascended some of the world’s most challenging and awe-inspiring peaks. But after her first husband makes a controversial climb in a national park, the media fallout escalates rapidly and in one fell swoop leaves her without a partner, a career, a source of income...or a purpose.

In the company of only her beloved dog, Fletch, Davis sets off on a search for a new identity and discovers skydiving. Falling out of an airplane is completely antithetical to the climber’s control she’d practiced for so long, but she perseveres, turning each daring jump into an opportunity to fly, first as a skydiver, then as a base jumper. As she opens herself to falling, she also finds the strength to open herself to love again, even in the wake of heartbreak. And before too long, she meets someone who shares her passion for living life to the limit.

With gorgeous black-and-white photos throughout, Learning to Fly is Davis’s fascinating account of her transformation. From her early tentative skydives, to zipping into her first wingsuit, to surviving devastating accidents against the background of breathtaking cliffs, to soaring beyond her past limits, she discovers new hope and joy in letting go.
 

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Steph Davis is a world-renowned climber, skydiver, and BASE jumper. In addition to her blog on veganism, animal rights, and simple living at HighInfatuation.com, she has written for Climbing and Rock and Ice. Her first book, High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity, was published in 2007. She lives in Moab, Utah.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Touchstone. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Aug 08 2013

Learning to Fly is a fascinating read about a woman who is not only a great athlete but who, in the course of the book, becomes a strong and mature person capable of sharing love in a real and meaningful way. It will be of interest to athletes and those who only want to get some idea of what that life is like...

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