Author & Adventurer
Limits are an illusion. Take it from me. There was a point where limits governed
everything I did. It took one big goal—achieved by each small step—to change
everything for me. And now I’m here to help you stand up for the life you deserve.
Let’s move mountains.
Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, Kara Richardson Whitely’s inspiring and empowering book about the experience, was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015. It has been called one of "Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books" by Redbook magazine. Backpacker magazine said Kara's story as a plus-size adventurer is "as inspiring as it is refreshing." The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, in Gorge, Kara "writes accessibly and frankly about her struggles with both Kilimanjaro and her self-image... This detailed account of her travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'
Her next book,Weight of Being, about the many steps — small and large — she took to stop binging in her family. It was released on July 31, 2018. HelloGiggles.com named it one of 11 New Memoirs You Need to Read this Summer and featured on The Today Show.
Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker and American Hiking Society ambassador, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Good Morning America, an Outside magazine 127 Defining Moments finalist and has been written about in Redbook, American Hiker and Weight Watchers magazines. Here's an excerpt in Good Housekeeping! Kara was a blogger for Weight Watchers and is currently an Ambassador for the American Hiking Association and a National Binge Eating Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center.