End of the Rope by Jan Redford

End of the Rope

In the tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild comes this funny and gritty debut memoir in which Jan Redford grows from a nomadic rock climber to a mother who fights to win back her future. "Compassionate and courageous, End of the Rope shows us that there are many types of bravery required, not just in the wilderness, but in surviving day to day life." —Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things After the love of her life is killed in an avalanch...

Details End of the Rope

TitleEnd of the Rope
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Travel, Sports and Games, Sports, Environment, Nature

Reviews End of the Rope

  • Krista
    When I scrunched my body under the big roof, preparing myself to commit to pulling up and over the edge, I looked down at Doc, eighty feet below. It was a long way away. My two blond children danced in front of my eyes for a moment like fairies. Your children will be okay if their mother's okay, Sarah had said in Victoria. Did I want my kids to see their mom bake cookies all day and make lunch for a logger, or climb steep cracks and go to univers...
  • Rebecca
    "Sometimes I felt like the only cure for whatever I had was to live in a cabin in the bush, alone with myself, where no one could influence my decisions, my lifestyle, what I ate, said, did, or felt. I was a chameleon; if I sat down beside a blue person I’d turn blue, beside a green person I’d turn green. I didn’t have my own colour. The only thing that had seemed like my own was climbing."I wasn't sure what to expect with this one and I de...
  • Melissa T
    *Please note, I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways*This was quite the story. It details Jan's life, highlighting her semi unstable childhood, growing up with a father who drinks too much, and a mother who followed him from place to place, because she didn't have another option. Unfortunately for Jan, she falls into the same cycle, after going through a bit of a wild phase.Climbing is the highlight of the book. It's not something I've ever read...
  • Eva
    Jan has loved mountain climbing ever since she tried it for the first time. It was a way to escape her difficult home life. She realized she was good at this and got even better from climbing with others in the climbing community.When her boyfriend Dan is killed in an avalanche, she is devastated. Dan’s climbing partner Grant offers support and she marries him. She is busy raising her young family and almost abandons climbing. Grant is away fro...
  • Evelyn
    I received this book free through Goodreads. Loved it! I was hooked right from the start! The beginning of the book seemed like it was the life I had when I was a kid and the life I wanted to have after I left home but didn't have the guts to pursue since I went to university right after high school and didn't do Katimavik or NOLS like I wanted to, like Jan did! After though, I did move to a mountain town and had some adventure but then my life t...
  • Vera
    Won a copy of this. Always loved the mountains, but after reading this may never think of them the same. Mountain climbing a challenge many would never be up to.But with Jan Mountain Climbing not her only challenge. Sometimes not such great luck with the guys either. She was a very courageous and compassionate person. Pushed herself over the limit many of times. Would recommend to others.
  • Luisa
    I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Memoirs are usually not my thing. This book had a nice flow and provided a insight to the lives of mountain climbers. Being from Toronto mountain climbing is not something I was exposed to. My only fault is the book seemed to come up short at the end, I would have liked her to have explored more of her journey through completing her masters and her teaching career. Overall a...
  • Patricia Levack
    Mountains! This book is about the conquering of the mountains that you climb and the mountains that you face in your life. It was interesting to learn what is involved in living the life of people who only want to climb but it left me wanting more. This book was free from Goodreads.
  • An
    Disclaimer: I received an advance reader's copy of this book via Goodreads' Giveaways. End of the Rope by Jan Redford will be available in stores this May.
  • Noelle Walsh
    This book was good. If one is interested in memoirs and mountain climbing, then this is a book to consider adding to one's bookshelf.
  • M.
    Interesting story of why we do things.
  • camilla
    Beautiful and brutal. The struggle to be a female climber and a mother and a wife and a student is real, and incredibly hard. I found this read bittersweet, I was fascinated by the climbing but devastated by all the climbing tragedies. Reading about the author getting into relationships with men that didn't really see her was tough, I imagine it was so much tougher to have lived it though. My only complaint? I wish there was a picture of Grant so...
  • Janice
    The author's descriptions of climbing and the ethos and community surrounding climbing are interesting. I didn't find her personal details to be as interesting as I think they would have been if she had concentrated more on depth and less on quantity of her experiences. She jumps from one event to another without treating her experiences with enough insight. That being said, I enjoyed the book for what it was. I just think it could have been more...