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I am a passionate climber and I had a very serious accident. I am going to cycle across the USA so as to raise funds for a bone transplant.

My name is Isabel Suppé and I´m a climber, and an author of German origin and Argentine heart and a severely damaged foot.

Let me briefly introduce you to myself :

I´ve spent most my adult life climbing in the Andes where I specialize on high altitude and technical faces.

In July 2010 I fell more than 1000 feet off Ala Izquierda del Condoriri´s south east face in the Bolivian Andes. After spending the next two days crawling with a very severe exposed fracture over the ice at 16,000 feet above sea-level I was finally rescued. Soon after I was told that I would never walk normally again or climb.

Please see: http://espn.go.com/espnw/features-profiles/6787819/isabel-suppe-climbing-abyss


Doctors also warned me that after having undergone 10 very compley surgeries I would not be able to return to high altitude. Since I had been climbing with my broken foot dangeling in the air only 3 weeks after the accident, I never quite believed it. Nine month later I became the first woman to solo-climb Nevado the Cachi, one of the highest and most solitary peaks in the Andes. In July 2011, exactly one year after the accident, Robert Rauch and me opened a new route on crutches . "The birthday of the broken leg" is an extremely difficult vertical ice route in Bolivia, in honor of all those that dare to dream despite the probabilities of science.

Please see: http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web11x/wfeature-serkhe-khollu-rauch-suppe

Since my ankle joint has been deteriorating, I was later on adviced to cycle as much as possible and to undergo more surgeries in Spain. I therefore borrowed my German grand-mother´s bike and crossed the Alps, the Pyrenees, Switzerland, France and Northern Spain in the middle of winter so as to have surgery.

Now I am about to cycle across the US so as to raise funds for a bone transplantation on the east coast.

My book, Starry Night, tells the story of my accident and much more. It has been a finalist for the prestigious Desnivel Award for Literature in Spain an has received a special mention by the jury.


I will start my tour in late June at the REI stores in Monterey and San Diego and I will cycle to other locations as I pedal across the country so as to give speeches.

I need support for both my surgeries and my fundraising campaign.

Thank you very much!


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