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What started off as a personal challenge to do anything a man could do turned out to be a book of personal firsts and self-discovery. Skiing in British Columbia, Steph Jagger read a sign “Raise Restraining Devise” and she did just that. She left her job and leased out her apartment. Chasing winter around the world, she skied a total of four million vertical feet. Full of adventure and humor and real life discovery she finds how to love, how to live and how to just let go. A truly inspiring odyssey! — Suzanne Rice
Five continents, four million vertical feet, and one woman in search of herself
Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women as she was growing up, she emulated the men in her life--chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But it wasn't her dream.
Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: raise restraining device. Steph had seen this ski-lift sign countless times, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built and start a search for something different, something more.
Steph soon decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked long and hard to obtain. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter up and down the mountains of North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.
What hiking was for Cheryl Strayed, skiing became for Steph: a crucible in which to crack open her life and get to the very center of herself. But she would have to break herself down--first physically, then emotionally--before she could start to rebuild. And it was through this journey of body and soul that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.
Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound is a transformative memoir--an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that will inspire readers to raise their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.