The Vail Public Library will host a book talk and discussion today at 5:30 p.m. with Isabel Suppe, author of “Starry Night.” The presentation is based on Suppe’s book “Starry Night,” which is currently shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for “outstanding contributions to outdoor literature.” It is also a tale of survival, passion and overcoming adversity. The author has been touring the U.S., Canada, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Spain.
In July 2010, Suppe was climbing an ice-face in the Bolivian Andes with Peter Wiesenekker. But then Wiesenekker slipped, causing both climbers to fall 1,100 feet to the bottom of the face. Both of them miraculously survived the fall but were severely injured.
However, at 16,000 feet above sea level on an inaccessible mountain with extremely low temperatures and no means of communication, a broken foot with a significant loss of blood is equivalent to a death sentence.
Suppe understood that their only chance of survival lay in her trying to cross the glacier dragging herself over the ice so as to send SOS light signals to base camp. She decided to make her bet on life and spent two days and nights dragging herself over the glacier. Suppe underwent 14 surgeries and continues to climb, even though she often has to use crutches to do so. She has also crossed the U.S. by bicycle, presenting her book along her way.
This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 970-479-2187.