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Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some, it’s taking a weekend to volunteer, but for Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit, and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women, and children. As if launching a nonprofit wasn’t enough, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she’s using that initial bike ride to spark awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes as a vehicle for social change and justice.

In her lyric and honest memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, her love for adventure and sports, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim. During her numerous trips to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and journalists as well as everyday Afghans—teachers, prison inmates, mothers, daughters—to cross a cultural divide and to find common ground. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating bike rides, humorous episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a country that is still recovering from decades of war and occupation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shannon Galpin’s lovely cycling saga is an inspiring and illuminating window into the lives of modern day Afghan women and their continuing struggle to ride their own path to freedom, recognition, and equality.”

    Khaled Hosseini, New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner

  • “Readers seeking inspiration on how they can make a difference in the world will find it here…combined with a bit of luck, humor, and the strength to find a way to make dreams—yours and others—begin to come true.”


  • “An adventurous American mountain biker’s journey of self-discovery in Afghanistan…Her respect and love for the Afghan people is apparent, as are her nerve and determination to help those in need…Inspiring.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Emily Woo Zeller recounts Galpin’s two endeavors in her lovely clear voice, which wears an audible grin when Galpin goes flying down the hill with her hair in a scarf and wearing long pants—girls don’t ride bikes here. Zeller’s sensitivity is perceptible as Galpin describes being raped in Minneapolis as a teenager and chafing at the injustice of being criticized for leaving her daughter behind to work in a dangerous country when a father would be excused or even heralded. Zeller zips over the Afghani names without hesitation as well as rendering the astonishing beauty of the landscape.”


  • Mountain to Mountain is nothing short of phenomenal. This captivating, inspiring, and heart-warming memoir shows us all that, with unbounded and unwavering passion, determination and courage, change can happen and mountains can be moved, one pedal stroke at a time. Shannon Galpin, and the women of Afghanistan, I salute you and your illimitable strength.”

    Chrissie Wellington, four-time Ironman World Champion

  • “Shannon is as brave as they come. For almost a decade she has battled the odds to empower Afghanistan’s dispossessed and disabled populations. Now, at a time when women’s rights are again under attack across South Asia, she provides a poignant story of how education and sport can overcome Taliban attacks and social neglect. Inspiring as only a real doer can be.”

    Parag Khanna, senior fellow, New America Foundation, and author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

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About the Author

Shannon Galpin is the founder and president of Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit organization focused on helping women and children in Afghanistan. Her humanitarian efforts have been profiled on Dateline NBC, the New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Explorer, USA Today, CNN, MountainFlyer magazine, and Women’s Adventure magazine.