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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2012
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This is a fairly short, breezy and somewhat banal read that at least fills an hour or two of a long international flight. There is somewhat more about the author's drinking exploits and banter with like-minded colleagues before and after his climbs than much in the way of technical climbing detail, but at least it moves along quickly and doesn't have the self-important faux-philosophy many mountaineering and alpine writers fall victim to. I was also interested to read what I think is the first (albeit muted) criticism of George Mallory (in reference to his reconnaissance of Everest and inability to find what the author considers obvious routes) who is virtually deified in most writing of this nature. It would have been interesting to read a more detailed account/opinion from the author on Mallory's preparation and reconnaissance for his Everest climbs and a bit less of the banter, but for the price I can't really complain.

Overall, OK for the price for the reader with an interest in mountaineering or the Himalayas looking for an inexpensive time-filler not requiring much in the way of critical thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
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I've now read several of Mark Horrell's travel diaries (for lack of a better term) and have enjoyed all of them. His writing is funny, down to earth, and more geared to those of us who've never set foot on any part of the Himalayas (but maybe wish we had). He seems like the kind of guy you'd want to have a beer with and just listen to his mountain tales -- he doesn't put on airs, he doesn't try to whitewash the nastier parts of these trips (the lack of sanitary facilities being paramount among them), and he definitely gives a very realistic feeling of what it would be like to go on one of these treks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
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I have come to quite enjoy each of Mark Horrell's travel diaries, not only because of their details of what it's like to participate in a commercial trek or climb, but because of the self-effacing and witty style in which they're written. While I don't always get the British sense of humour, it's evident that some of the trek participants don't either! Entertaining!
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on February 7, 2015
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The climber and adventurer Mark Horrell has found a clever way to make a buck and give us insights into his joyful and thoughtful view of the world and the harder places to reach in it. His style is light, self deprecating and funny, a rather British sense of humor because that is who he is. He has no illusions about the state of the world but is determined to squeeze adventure out of it anyway and we are privileged to get to ride his coattails for a dollar a book. Very much worth while. Start here: this is the first in the series and shows us a different view of mountain climbing and the "lower slopes" of the great mountain.
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on August 6, 2013
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Another funny, honest tale of Everest by a great writer. Looking forward to reading more of his travel diaries soon.
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on July 19, 2013
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I'm a huge fan of any adventure story, and stories of climbs are no1 in my book. In this particular story, it's an easy and fun read that just once again enforces my desire to at least visit base camp. I would recommend this for anyone interested in the genre (I read while waiting for flights).
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on June 20, 2013
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Mark Horrell has a unique style in his writing. He tells the story of Mallory and Irvings quest for climbing Mt. Everest in a very interesting manner.
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The first "book" I read by Mark Horrell confused me a little, more or less dumping the reader into one of Mark's journeys into the high mountains without any real background but after reading two or more of these accounts you will get his style and just plain enjoy his descriptions of some distant destination, often lesser known that most mountaineering adventure spots. I would love to be have been able to live the adventure-filled life he has!
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on May 17, 2013
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This is not a bad account of one chap's hike to the base of Everest. This gentleman has obviously never soldiered or suffered much in his life, but he renders a fair description of the sights and sounds of his travels in the area. "It's OK" is an adequate descriptor.
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on April 28, 2013
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Great insight into all things Everett, and Tibet. This isn't as good as Horrell's account of his actual climb of Everett, but given the price, just get both and read this as background for the other! I do really appreciate the level of nitty gritty detail in these memoirs, all the way down to bodily functions at altitude. This is something that most mountaineering books skip, and I always wondered at these matters. Thanks, mark, for clearing up these mysteries!
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