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A Way Up

1 Woman Across the Pacific NW

What’s more astonishing: seeing a Sasquatch or a nude woman atop a 14,000 foot mountain? A story of hard knocks, told with warmth and unflinching detail.


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Author Paula Engborg standing against snow mountains with sunglasses

There’s a Seattle urban legend about something rare and unusual in the snow at 14,000 feet — not a Sasquatch but a booted, nude woman atop Mt. Rainier. This is the story behind the legend.

Paula Engborg is an energetic, 41-year-old divorced mom in search of Prince Charming when one day she finds a new sport: The Climb. Paula has barely ascended a stepladder, so why the desire to climb mountains?

Unlike other books about climbing, A WAY UP isn’t about the highest mountains, famous climbers, or exotic locations. Instead, it’s the experiences of the feisty author, who, in middle-aged, finds a new rush.

Here, the mountains in the Pacific NW and rock walls in the Southwest come alive. You’ll feel the bitter cold, the rigours of training, and share Paula’s dream of making it to the top. Along the way this self-proclaimed “climb-aholic” defies the odds to become a member of Mountain Rescue, makes and breaks friends, and falls in love with Clint, a man with a penchant for motorcycle rallies.

Paula’s story is a literal tale of hard knocks, told with warmth and unflinching detail.


The Mountain

Making it to the Top

Victory Salute

Island Friends and a Shot of Mt. Shuksan

Rock 101 and a Chance Meeting

Ellinor and her Neighbor

Love on the Rocks

Rocking Around the Southwest

The Renaissance Man and the Second time Around

I Loved Climbing in Cashmere

The Mountaineers and My Sweet Climbing Sister

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time

Olympic Mountain Rescue

So Long, Farewell, I Bid Them All Adieu

Walking in the Mountains

Book Specifications


Author: Paula Engborg

ISBN: 978-1-909394-89-6 (pbk)

ISBN: 978-1-909394-90-2 (ebk)

Street date: 4 May 2023

Category: Outdoor Adventure, Mountaineering, Sports, Memoir

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 188pp

Illustrated: 9 B&W photos

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Paula Engborg

PAULA ENGBORG gained all her climbing expertise in the school of hard knocks. She’s the proud mother of three handsome men, and her occupations ranged from serving in the U.S. Army Military Police to running her own company Fit for Life, on Bainbridge Island, WA. After she retired, Paula finally got around to going to college (in her fifties) and has an associates degree in technical arts from Olympic College. A Way Up is her first book.
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Paula Engborg