When the bottom fell out of Carol Masheter’s life at age 50, she took up high altitude mountaineering to cope with grief and anger. She was an unlikely climber. Afraid of heights, she also struggled with anxiety and depression. Little did she know that mountaineering would lead her to climb Mount Everest when she was 61, an age when many people want to retire and relax. “No Magic Helicopter: An Aging Amazon’s Climb of Mount Everest” chronicles Dr. Masheter’s preparation for the climb of a lifetime, her struggle to the summit, and the blind descent that threatened her life.
Since writing “No Magic Helicopter,” Carol Masheter has become the oldest woman in the world to summit the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of the seven continents. She started with Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in South America, at age 60 years and 3 months in January, 2007, and finished with Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia at age 65 years and 5 months on March 17, just after noon, 2012. On July 12, 2012, Dr. Masheter summited the Carstensz Pyramid, elevation 16,024 feet, after a strenuous six day trek through the Papuan jungle. At age 65 years and 9 months, she is the oldest woman in the world to summit the Seven Summits according to the more recent Messner list.
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Dr. Masheter has been nominated for Utah Person of the Year 2012 through the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, http://choiceawards.sltrib.com/polls/view/3
Dr. Masheter has been asked to contribute an essay about climbing the Seven Summits in her 60s in “65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel,” edited by Mark Chimsky, Editor-in-Chief, Sellers Publisher, available at bookstores nationwide and online in February 2013. Proceeds will be donated to charity.