The Eighth Summit

Peter van Kets
Adventure memoir
224pp + 24pp full-colour inserts
May 2014


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 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.


Peter van Kets is one of the world’s top professional endurance adventurers, a conservationist and an international keynote/inspirational speaker. He has been involved in numerous expeditions around the world.


“Peter van Kets and Bill Godfrey overcame the limitations of their minds and so achieved an historic victory for themselves and their nation.” – Professor Tim Noakes, on the pair's victory in the 2007/8 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

“In describing his adventures, [Van Kets] traces a journey of self-discovery which brings him to a place of boundless positivism and joy for life. As such, the book is one of inspiration and self-fulfilment; as much about adventure as self actualisation.” Justin Fox, Getaway  

“An inspiring and very entertaining read. There is an ocean between saying and doing. Peter's life is a literal embodiment of this belief.” – Riaan Manser

“There is only one word to describe what I felt when I finished reading The Eighth Summit and that was, inspired! This well-written, feel-good and highly entertaining book will keep you captivated from the first to the last page… Add this book to your reading list, you won't be disappointed!” – Tracy Knox, DO IT NOW Magazine

“Not only does he share his experiences in detail, he wants you to go out there, too. His aim is to inspire ordinary people to follow their dreams… [An] enjoyable read.” – Courtney Taljaard, Go! Magazine 

“The mind boggles [at his "seemingly daft" accomplishments]. Peter, however, is a renowned adventurer, motivational speaker and conservationist. And he can write. This book is not so much a record of his adventures as a meditation on his mind preparation and increasing ability to overcome his trepidations when faced with daunting odds – truly a case of mind over matter. It's food for thought.” – Sue Townsend, Cape Times

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