The Eighth Summit


“Exhilarating, inspiring – a must-read.”

– Braam Malherbe, author of The Great Run

Author: Peter van Kets 

Genre: Adventure/motivational 

RRP: R320

ISBN/EAN: 9780992194932




  • What does it take to row 5,500km across an ocean?
  • Or to trek 500 miles through Antarctica?
  • How do we achieve incredible things?

Peter van Kets has done this and more – and yet he could be the average guy next door. A teacher in East London with a fondness for the ocean, Peter was given a rare chance to compete in the 2007 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race. His decision to grasp this opportunity would change his life. Together with Bill Godfrey, he rowed across the Atlantic and won against the odds. Then he came back two years later to row it alone – a truly epic feat. After that, he joined forces with adventure runner Braam Malherbe to represent South Africa in the unique Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, one of the most gruelling endurance events ever staged.

Peter’s feats of endurance in the face of endless ice, snow and saltwater are testament to the power of the human spirit and the greatness possible when an ordinary person sets out to do extraordinary things. In rowing the Atlantic and trekking the Antarctic, he has come to understand what it takes to conquer the limits of your mind – to conquer your Eighth Summit.

Ever since self-promoters discovered the leverage of being published, the world has been flooded with appallingly written, poorly produced and unreadably dull books. But occasionally, there’s a diamond in the muck – and one arrived recently courtesy of global group TCL. It’s a 2014 book by South African adventurer Peter van Kets, called The Eighth Summit. Shamefully, I’d previously not heard about either the man or the book.

“That’s changed. Peter had me hooked from almost the first page. It’s a riveting read, full of the best possible lessons – learnings shared by those who personally experienced the extraordinary. It’s superbly written, and mega-uplifting. Mostly, however, this book reminds me of the incredible spirit of adventure that’s deeply embedded in our national DNA. South Africa, blessed by its people… Indeed.”

–  Alec Hogg, Biznews, November 2021


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