Lisa Thompson In Conversation With Johanna Garton Live at Westminster


Tattered Cover is pleased to welcome Lisa Thompson and Johanna Garton to our Westminster location on May 25th at 6pm! They will be celebrating and discussing Lisa's book, Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain! This event is free to the public and no ticket is required for entry.



Near the death zone on K2, the world's second-highest mountain, Lisa Thompson searched for the strength to continue climbing. Her choices were clear: give in to her doubts and descend or push past her own limits and continue up the mountain's steep face. Defiance had provoked Thompson to enter the male-dominated world of high-altitude mountaineering, but defiance could only take her so far. After a harrowing battle with cancer, Lisa realized she needed to understand what motivated her to take greater and greater risks in the mountains. Finding Elevation chronicles Thompson's path from novice climber to world-class mountaineer, as she becomes the second American woman to summit K2, which is considered by many to be the most dangerous mountain in the world. More than a climbing memoir, Finding Elevation is a deeply personal examination of motivation and the human spirit. It is a story of what can happen when we finally stop letting others define our limits and instead trust that we are capable of more. In this inspiring book, Thompson reaches beyond the mountain to tell a story of heartbreak, resilience, and the discovery that we are responsible for defining our own boundaries, finding our own happiness, and facing our fears head-on.



Lisa Thompson is a mountaineer, cancer survivor, and sought-after speaker and coach. Growing up in the flat, humid farmlands of Illinois, she relied on adventure as a distraction, always knowing that she’d someday leave her hometown for something bigger. She soon became the first person in her extended family to graduate from college. She worked for twenty-five years as an engineer and in leadership roles at technology companies.  Since she began climbing in 2008, Lisa has summited some of the most challenging mountains in the world, including Everest. She has completed the Seven Summits, reaching the top of the highest peak of each of the seven continents. Through her company, Alpine Athletics, and other platforms, Lisa shares her message of strength and resilience with corporate and private groups worldwide. She lives in Seattle with her golden retriever, Chevy, who loves the mountains almost as much as she does. You can learn more about Lisa at



Johanna Garton is a writer, running coach and mother from Denver.  Her most recent book, Edge of the Map was a 2021 finalist for a Colorado Book Award in the category of creative nonfiction and chronicles the lives of Colorado high altitude mountaineers Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler.  The book is currently in development for transition to feature film.  Her next book, American Miles, is a distance running narrative featuring several professional athletes from Colorado Springs and will be published in April 2024 by Rowman &  Littlefield. 


Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain By Lisa Thompson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954854673
Availability: Click for Store Availability
Published: Girl Friday Books - January 10th, 2023

Event Location: 
Location: Westminster