book blast! the life of Christine Boskoff
Edge of the Map

The remarkable, untold story of a pioneer in mountaineering

A remarkable life tragically cut short, Boskoff was at the top of the high- altitude world when she and her partner Charlie Fowler died in an avalanche on a remote mountain in 2006; at the time, she was the only living woman to summit six of the 8000-meter peaks. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model to her climbing partners and the Sherpa community.

Edge of the Map traces the sharp twists and turns in Boskoff’s life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer, through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattle-based Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer was killed in the 1996 Everest disaster. Her life was one of unerring forward progress—until personal tragedy struck. Edge of the Map follows Boskoff as she recovers from heartbreak and moves on to even bigger peaks, earning acclaim as a world-class mountaineer and finding love and an alpine partnership with legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler.

An uplifting and moving story, Edge of the Map is a poignant testament to one woman’s strength, determination, and boundless love for the mountains.

Author Johanna Garton is a mother, proud Wisconsin girl, writer and cross country coach. In writing Edge of the Map, she interviewed more than 75 friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler, including notable climbers such as Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, Mark Gunlogson (current owner of Mountain Madness), Hector Ponce de Leon, Steve Swenson, and Conrad Anker. Conversant in Mandarin, Garton conducted several weeks of research and interviews near the site of Boskoff’s death in China.

author Johanna garton
Author Johanna Garton

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