The Kid Who Climbed Everest

The Kid Who Climbed Everest

The Incredible Story of A 23-year-old's Summit of Mt. Everest

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Lyons Press, 2004, c2000.
Edition: 1st Lyons Press ed.
ISBN: 9781592284931
1592284930
9781585742509
1585742503
Branch Call Number: 796.522 G
Characteristics: xvi, 287 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.

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rb3221 Apr 23, 2016

This is a true adventure story of a young man who fractured three vertebra while serving with the British Army and went on to climb Everest 2 years later. The story deals with the huge amount of preparation, courage, conditioning and determination of this young man. It also delves into the huge logistics involving thin air, avalanches and extreme cold. He says "I've never felt on one hand so prepared, and on the other so unprepared" and "disaster is never far away when man assumes to have control over anything."
Bear Grylss faced his fears and his doubts and an almost fatal fall. His honesty comes through when he states "the mountain decides whether you can climb or not" and when near the top wonders if he will make it or die.
His query to himself 'did I conquer Everest' has a very good answer. You need to read this book to get his interesting and somewhat philosophical answer. Overall an easy read, an engaging story and often a page turner.

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