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14th annual High Country Speaker Series kicks off with Kara Richardson Whitely

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Kara Richardson Whitely, motivational speaker, plus-sized adventurer and author of “Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds."

AVON — Kara Richardson Whitely, motivational speaker, plus-sized adventurer and author of "Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds," will kick off this year's High Country Speaker Series at the Avon Public Library on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

At 300 pounds, Richardson Whitely decided to conquer Kilimanjaro — three times. Why three times? Because sometimes that's what it takes to get over something. Richardson Whitely will be the first one to tell you, "Don't judge a girl by her blubber," and don't ever give up when it comes to conquering obstacles in your path.

Richardson Whitely will be speaking about what it took to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro weighing more than 300 pounds and the role the mountains played in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Using our environment as a muse for self-discovery and empowerment, Richardson Whitely's presentation "Celebrating Accomplishments in the Outdoors" is an inspirational approach to understanding the many manifestations of our relationship with the natural world.

"Gorge", Richardson Whitely's inspiring and empowering memoir, which she finished while working with "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed in the French Alps, was published by Seal Press in spring 2015. She has been featured in the New York Times, Backpacker, Redbook and Weight Watchers magazines, as well as on Oprah's "Lifeclass" and "Good Morning America." Richardson Whitely was also recently named one of Outside Magazine's "127 Defining Moments" finalists.

The High Country Speaker Series is a partnership between the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center, with the mission of encouraging environmental awareness, inspiring positive relationships with the natural world and creating thought-provoking dialogue in our community through free, dynamic programming. For more information, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org.

If you go …

What: “Celebrating Accomplishments in the Outdoors,” with Kara Richardson Whitely.

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org.