Maria Coffey is an internationally published and award-winning author of twelve previous books. Fragile Edge: Loss on Everest won two awards in Italy, including the 2002 ITAS Prize for Mountain Literature; Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow won the Banff Mountain Film Festival Literature Prize in 2003 and a National Book Award in 2004. For these titles, along with Explorers of the Infinite (2008), Maria was awarded the 2009 American Alpine Club H. Adams Carter Literary Award. She has also written extensively about her worldwide travels and expeditions with her husband, Dag Goering, who is a veterinarian and photographer. Together they founded Hidden Places (hiddenplaces.net), a boutique adventure travel company, and its conservation branch, Adventures for a Cause, which fundraises for endangered species. Maria and Dag are based in Victoria, British Columbia, and in Catalonia.