She took us through disaster to the summit of Alaska”s Mount McKinley in her book, Facing the Extreme. In her newest book, Walking the War Zones of Pakistan, Ruth Anne Kocour takes us to K2, and Pakistan’s tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, Kashmir, Tajikistan, and China. Readers will experience the topography that has led to isolation–physical and cultural–of people who for centuries have been kept in the dark by natural barriers, lack of infrastructure, lack of communication, and illiteracy. This simple tale of travel and adversity lends a face to news we hear every day and a glimpse into what we all have in common—our humanity.
Kocour”s adventures have been featured on CNN’s International Hour and the Discovery Channel. Her photos and stories have appeared in People, Harper’s Bazaar, Health, Sunset, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. Ruth Anne has summited the highest peaks on four continents. She has climbed and trekked throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Her background in art, science, and photography enables Kocour to bring to life battlegrounds of nature and cultures for her readers and speaking audiences.