The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest

The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest

by Bear Grylls
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The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest by Bear Grylls

In 1996, a twenty-three-year-old soldier in the British Army 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. 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. Eighteen months after his accident he overcame incredible odds to reach the peak of Everest. THE KID WHO CLIMBED EVEREST is a tale of courage and determination. Bear's quest for funding for his expedition, 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 an essential read for anyone who's ever had a dream and made it come true.

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ISBN-13: 9781592284931
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 566,002
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bear was brought up on a small island off the south coast of England, where his late father taught him to climb and sail.

A martial arts expert, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces (21 SAS). He then suffered a free fall parachuting accident in Africa, and broke his back in three places.

Yet despite this, and after months of military rehabilitation, he went on to become the youngest Briton ever, and one of only an elite number of climbers, to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Now one of the youngest and most sought-after motivational speakers, he relates his remarkable experiences to audiences and corporations all around the world.

Bear lives with his wife, Shara, and their little son, Jesse, on a Dutch barge in London and on a small, remote Welsh island.

One day he hopes to buy a home that doesn't leak.

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The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this intriguing book, Bear Grylls (host of TV'S 'Man vs. Wild')recounts his journey up the World's tallest mountain. From his near fatal accident (Bear's parachute malfunctioned) to his ascent up Mt. Everest (becoming the then youngest Briton to climb Everest), Bear tells his story in vivid detail. In some parts, I felt as if I was on the mountain with him, for example when hedescribed basecamp as 'sitting in a landscapeof rocks that are strewn like marblesacross the ice. I enjoyed this book largely because I hike so I could somewhat relate. On the other hand, if you don't hike you might lose interest. I would still at least give it a try, in case you are interested by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a number of books on Everest climbs, including Into Thin Air, so I was not sure if this would capture my attention. It most certainly did. This is a great adventure story. Bear somehow captures the variety of emotions that are both common and necessary for any outdoor undertaking to be a true adventure. He allows the reader to see his vulnerabilities and fears, which makes the victories and his ultimate success all the more tangible. It also provides some great lessons about persistence, faith and humility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Bear has a great sense of humor. He has a different perspective on things, that I loved.
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Scruffie52 More than 1 year ago
This book was written about 8 years ago...so Bear is no longer a "kid", and never acted like one on the mountain either. This was a great, fast read...didn't want to put it down. I have read many Everst expedition books, but what make this stand out is the heart, and honesty. And it is action packed from page one. I am so glad that the author has gone on to do other exciting things in his life...he needs to write about those also!!
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