The Kid Who Climbed Everestby Bear Grylls, Bear Facing Grylls
Four years ago, a twenty-one-year-old soldier in the British Army named Bear Grylls was flying over an African desert on a routine parachute jump. He had a lot to look forward to - a long career ahead of him in the Army, a beautiful girlfriend back home. But those dreams were cut short when his parachute failed to open at eleven thousand feet. He had cracked three vertebrae and come within a fraction of severing his spinal cord, which would have paralyzed him for life. A grueling eight months of physical therapy followed. Bear had to retrain his muscles to do all of the things we take for granted - how to sit, stand, walk, even breathe. Bear endured over seventy days on Everest's southeast face. Eighteen months after his accident, at the age of twenty-three, he overcame extreme weather conditions and months of limited sleep to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain. The Kid Who Climbed Everest is a tale of courage, perseverance, and determination, and climbing the world's tallest mountain is only half of this remarkable story. Bear's quest for funding for his expedition (including an unannounced raid for sponsorship money at the mansion-home of the president of Virgin Airways, Richard Branson), his seventy days on Everest's southeast face, and a narrow brush with death after a fall into a crevasse at nineteen thousand feet make the story of the youngest Englishman to climb Everest an essential read for anyone who's ever had a dream and made it come true.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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- 1ST LYONS
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
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After reading this honest and humorous book an Everest attempt will probably move much lower down your list of 'things to do before I die.' An incredible accomplishment for anyone let alone a 23 year old, Bear shares the truth about an Everest expedition and surviving in the Death Zone. A wonderful read for the outdoor enthusiast, the mountain lover and the spiritually challenged!
Bear's account of his climb of Mt. Everest is gripping and conveys the hardships of climbing to the non-climber. I felt as if I were with him at every point along the way to the top. Thanks for a great adventure for an 'armchair' climber!