Three years ago this month Isabel Suppe and her climbing partner fell 1,100 feet off the face of Ala Izquierda del Condoriri in the Bolivian Andes.Stranded with a severely exposed fracture, she crawled over ice and rocks for two days at 16,000 feet above sea level before finally being rescued. She was told she would never climb again. Three weeks later she was climbing a rock wall in a cast.
Suppe is crossing the country by bicycle from New York City to the West Coast to promote her book, “Starry Night,” which tells the story of her fall, survival, rescue and the resilience she mustered afterward to pursue her passion for adventure. She will share her story at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at B&L Bicycles, 219 E. Main St., Pullman.
One year after the fall, Suppe became the first woman to create a new climbing line on Serkhe Khollu in the Bolivian Andes. She summited solo and on crutches. A native of Germany, Suppe began climbing at age 6. Her grandfather, Walter Lenk, was a legendary figure in East Germany’s climbing world, according to ESPN.go.com.