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The Mountain: My Time on Everest

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    I did enjoy this book. Did I enjoy this book: You know, I didn

    I did enjoy this book.

    Did I enjoy this book: You know, I didn’t think I was going to (especially since my version of cold weather sporting involves Irish Coffee, a good book, and a fireplace), but I did rather enjoy it.

    There were parts that read like a history book, and although I admire Viesturs’ depth of knowledge, I found myself wishing he would have added a bit of spice. He clarifies later in the book, saying that he doesn’t want to add any more “drama” to what he assumes readers consider a ridiculously dramatic activity. I suppose if I’d have brushed up on my knowledge of Mount Everest before reading The Mountain I might have had some inkling of the hype, but I wandered into this book with absolutely no knowledge base, and I fear it detracted from my experience. Typically when I read a book with such a narrow scope I find myself annoyed with the first few chapters because they go over the basic terminology and equipment, but in this case I wish Viesturs would have included it.

    I found myself skipping over bits of the history to get to the “good parts” – Viesturs’ personal experiences on Everest. I’m in awe of Ed Viesturs, and I’m not quite sure if it’s because of his physical skill or his straightforward storytelling. He intimidates me without trying; he’s smart, strong, focused, and humble. I’d like to make him dinner (I’d also like to de-passive voice-ify his book, but I figure I ought to get on his good side first).

    Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in mountaineering, history, or men who are in excellent shape, you’ll enjoy this book.

    Will I read it again: Not so much, no. But it was still lovely.

    As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

    (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

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