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about_the_book On the morning of Thursday, 18 May 2006, with the summit of Mount Everest in full view, Selebelo ‘Sele' Selamolela gathered all his strength for the last hard push to reach the top of the world.

You Don't Fool Around With Mountains is the story of that day, and of the personal odyssey, that led to it. Sele's slow ascent began in childhood, in one of the least likely places in the world for dreams of high-altitude climbing: Soweto. A passion for mountains would take him far from home, on daring adventures across the globe. But his goal was always Everest, mountaineering's ultimate challenge. The dream would be realized when Sele won a place on the ten-member 2006 Everest Peace Project expedition - and nearly met his fate on the summit, surviving only through teamwork, courage and a deep will to live.


The second black African to summit Everest, Sele gives a gripping account of his journeys and near-death escape. These pages bear witness to strength of mind and body required to climb the highest mountain in the world - and live to tell the tale. 


"An inspiring account of how great achievements can spring from the most unlikely of backgrounds"

Cathy O Dowd The 1st woman to climb Mt Everest from both south and north sides

 "It's an inspirational story, not least because Selebelo comes from Soweto, and would not have grown up with that level of exposure on mountaineering...."

Lerato Mbele CNBC AFRICA anchor 


Publishers remarks

I see these elements in the book

  • ripping good yarn -- a good adventure story
  • good travel writing -- it covers mountains in different parts of the world
  • that travelers (including armchair travelers) would love to learn about
  • the spiritual dimension -- this is inspirational writing the particular sense of black achievement



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Thank you for your interest in purchasing a copy of my book, You Don't Fool around With Mountains.

You Don't Fool around With Mountains is available in paperback. Ask for it at your favorite bookstore.


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Order from the author through this website and receive a 5% discount off the recommended retail price. Moreover, I will Autograph every copy.

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Everest Peace Project Filmeverest_peace_project


Narrated by Orlando Bloom and hailed as a "tremendous achievement" by the Dalai Lama. Everest: A Climb for Peace is not just a typical Everest film, but a socially relevant documentary about peace, war, and the human spirit - an inspirational film, which also has some of the most incredible Everest footage ever shot, including a dramatic rescue from near the summit of Everest.

A full-length 63 minute documentary film has been released. To buy and learn more about the award winning film go to :


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