David Mauro has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents and now he's written a new book: "The Altitude Journals" -- a seven-year journey from the lowest point of his life to the highest points on earth.

He is hosting a speaking engagement at REI in Anchorage, but first, he joined Daybreak Tuesday morning to talk about the inspiration behind what drove him to summit those peaks.

"I was at a really low point in my life", said Mauro. "And the thing is when you're at a very, very low moment in your life what you want more than anything is to be swept up and taken away, anywhere else...This is a book that tells the story of someone who lived that wish."

Mauro has had many adventures across the globe but described his most memorable peak when he said:

"The most memorable was a mountain called Parson's Pyramid in Papua, New Guinea...It was so different from all the others which involved a lot of glacier travel that kind of thing, but in this one, it required a six-day trek through the jungle, which is a totally different deal". on that trek David said he interacted with indigenous tribes, including one that had a storied past of cannibalism."

The journey to summit the peaks helped Mauro transform not only his view of the world but his view of himself as well.

"Through the course of the seven mountains, each mountain, I felt, called me," he said. "Each mountain had a specific message and offered a lesson for me that was immediately relevant to some of the things I was struggling with in my personal life. One by one we knocked them down."

Mauro is speaking at REI in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:15.

For more information, click here for his website

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