In The Trek, David Schachne takes readers with him on his harrowing attempt to reach the summit of Kala Patthar, in the Himalayas. It is a riveting, gut-wrenching account of his physical, emotional and spiritual odyssey, where you will encounter the most spectacular, awe-inspiring scenery on the planet, along with some of the most horrific physical conditions imaginable.
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Realistic and sublime account of one man who made his dream a reality David Schachne captures the grueling reality of mountaineering in The Trek. This journal-style account provides an intimate depiction of every obstacle and victory Schachne encounters in tackling his lifelong dream of climbing the summit of Kala Patthar. With moving descriptions of the physical distress Schachne experienced during this two-week hike, this memoir is a reminder that we can be ill prepared to accomplish even our most enduring dreams, but Schachne's journey is nonetheless inspiring, entertaining, and engaging. This book in itself is a journey that showcases the sacrifice and distress one man endured to achieve his dream. A great read for those interested in endurance sports. To that audience, I also recommend John Stevens’ Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei which conveys the trials of monks, who quite literally run or die and train by running over twice the length of a marathon daily. Both books will stir your motivation—extreme athlete or not.