A CLIMB Photo Companion

So many people have mentioned how much they enjoyed seeing photos of the #100Summits climbs, and the photo insert of CLIMB, that I decided to create this photo-companion to accompany the book.

Each of the links below corresponds to the relevant chapter of CLIMB, and contains a selection of photographs that illustrate the events in the chapter, along with captions describing the photographs themselves.

I hope you’ll click through and enjoy them, whether or not you’ve read the book (the captions tell enough of the story that you won’t be lost)!

For first-time visitors, here’s a brief explanation of CLIMB:

Dare to dream, and you can change your world.

After more than forty years of living “safe and scared,” California attorney and mystery author Susan Spann decided to face her fears and climb one hundred of Japan’s most famous mountains, inspired by a classic list of hyakumeizan peaks. But after an unexpected cancer diagnosis forced her to confront her deepest fears, the mountains of Japan became the setting for an even more transformative journey, from pain and fear to a new life fueled by hope, confidence, and strength. 

This immersive, inspiring, and witty page-turner captures the terrifying lows and breathtaking highs of a woman’s journey from timidity to confidence, cancer to healing, and regret to joy, as she breaks the mental and physical chains that once prevented her from living out her dreams. Susan chronicles her journey with an insightful, often humorous eye for not only her travels across Japan, but the culture, food, nature, and obstacles she encountered along the way, and complements her honest and vivid prose with breathtaking personal photographs.

You can buy the book (in hardback and ebook formats, and either in person or online) at your favorite local bookstore or at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

And now, with no further ado, on to the photographs and special features:

Chapter 1: Victory–and Misery–on Misen

Chapter 2: One Hundred And One

Chapter 3: Cherry Blossoms and Liver Spots

Chapter 4: You Are Not Prepared

Chapter 5: Don’t Forget the Bug Spray

Chapter 6: Hope for the Best, GORE-TEX for the Worst

Chapter 7: Fear Is a Liar

Chapter 8: Horses’ Bells and Dragons’ Eyes

Chapter 9: No Raisins on the Summit

Chapter 10: Cuckoos and Chains

Chapter 11: The Mountain Wants to Be Climbed

Chapter 12: At Least the Frog Was Happy

Chapter 13: Walking on the Road

Chapter 14: Too Many Bees

(This page is a work in progress, so check back regularly for more chapters – I hope to have all of them posted soon!)