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High Adventure: The Adventure Doesn't End When You Become a Dad

High Adventure: The Adventure Doesn't End When You Become a Dad
 

Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor Mike Allsop is an ordinary family man proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things. Mike Allsop grew up in a single parent home in Auckland. Life wasn't always easy. But Mike never wavered ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781760633622
Barcode 9781760633622
Published 5 August 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Allsop, Mike
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ISBN-13 9781760633622
ISBN-10 1760633623
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint A&U New Zealand
Publication Date 5 August 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Allsop, Mike
Category Travel Writing
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 420g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Travel Writing
Dewey Code 910.92
Catalogue Code 994667

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Mike Allsop is a dynamo - pilot, mountaineer, ultra-marathoner, motivational speaker, author of High Altitude (2013), husband, and father of three children. He's always been an adventurer, and once he and wife Wendy had children he realised he needed to find a way of incorporating his adventures into family life, rather than going off solo. He knew that he needed to keep exploring, to keep filling up his 'emotional tank', but he also knew there had to be something in it for everyone. So Wendy and Mike devised a plan, whereby MIke would take each child on a one-on-one trip to Everest when they turned seven. They then went as a family to Everest, leaving the day before the devastating earthquake of 2015 killed several Sherpas and friends. The Allsops then fundraised to gather money to buy a new house for one of the widows. Mike's philosophy has always been that part of each adventure is giving back to the locals. Now as each child grows older, they get to choose another challenge with their dad. Maya wanted to return to Everest and there she broke the record for the world's highest stand-up paddle-boarding. Ethan climbed Kilimanjaro and played the highest board game. These family traditions have created really strong bonds, and Mike believes that the thing kids love the most is time with them.

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Author's Bio

Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor Mike Allsop is an ordinary family man proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things. Mike Allsop grew up in a single parent home in Auckland. Life wasn't always easy. But Mike never wavered in his dream of becoming an airline pilot with Air New Zealand. He single-mindedly pursued this goal, breaking it down into smaller parts then focusing on each step in turn. As well as becoming an Air New Zealand captain, Mike harboured another ambition. One day, he wanted to stand upon the roof of the world and summit Everest. True to form, he broke the goal down and gained the necessary skills and experience by testing himself on difficult and potentially hazardous climbs across 6 different continents. Many were usually only tackled by vastly more experienced climbers. However Mike Allsop is living proof that his philosophy of 'if you believe you can, you will'. He has since gone on to conquer numerous other mountains, pitting himself against the limits of human endurance and the unpredictable weather conditions that abound at extreme altitudes. He's narrowly dodged a fatal avalanche in Peru, risked being shot in Russia and returned a replica of a stolen Yeti hand to a monastery in Nepal. Mike is also one of a handful of athletes who have ever run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. This raised NZ$75,000 for New Zealand charity KidsCan. Most recently, Mike returned to the Himalayas to run the world's highest marathon around Everest - a feat never before attempted.

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