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The Mountain: My Time on Everest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    A Well-Researched History and Firsthand Adventure to the Top of

    A Well-Researched History and Firsthand Adventure to the Top of the World

    Viesters’s account of Mount Everest is a new addition to the canon of literature on the world’s highest peak. Dedicating his life to mountaineering and spending over two years of accumulated time on Mount Everest alone, Viesters demonstrates his authority on the history and character of Mount Everest. In The Mountain, Viesters writes to “celebrate the mountain’s rich history,” and takes us on a journey that pushes human willpower and physicality to their limits. Accented with historical insight, this is a memoir of persistence and perseverance, and it ultimately demonstrates how one man has made one of his wildest dreams a reality.

    The Mountain is a well-written memoir that is highly informed and concisely narrated by this humble hero. I was swept away by the ups and downs encountered by this renowned high-altitude climber as he strove to reach the top of the world again and again. If you enjoy extreme sports, whether as an active participant or as a spectator from a comfortable armchair, you will be inspired by this story of extraordinary magnitude. Another amazing book about extreme sports is John Stevens's Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, which details the lives of monk who ran over 50 miles daily in grass sandals. An extraordinary read!

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