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"Everest," writes British climber Bear Grylls, "is no place to prove yourself. The likelihood of reaching the summit is so slim that you're inevitably setting yourself up to be disappointed."

But, Grylls continues, mountains are most definitely an arena where alpinists express their deepest drives, and he had more ambition than most. Badly injured in a parachuting accident in 1996, he resigned his army commission and cast about for a new career--a decision he succeeded in putting off by enlisting in a climbing expedition to the world's tallest mountain. Now, Grylls points out, the odds of a well-conditioned climber's making the summit of Everest are something like one in a hundred; for climbers under the age of 30, who lack the experience and conditioning that age brings, those odds slim down to 1 in 1,000. Twenty-three at the time, Grylls took his chances nonetheless, despite the "sinking feeling that I had just made a commitment that was going to drag me a little too far out of my comfort zone."

He fulfilled his commitment, though surely not without discomfort, scared but determined, making his way up deadly obstacles such as the Lhotse Face Icewall and its deep crevasses. Other climbers were not so lucky, he writes in this you-are-there account of his time on the mountain, and death is a constant presence on these pages--which may deter readers who seek to follow in his footholds. For those content to travel up sheer rock and ice walls vicariously, though, Grylls's book is a spirited exercise in adventure writing and a promising debut. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For a year, Grylls held the record for the Youngest Englishman on the Hill for his summit ascent at age 23 (only to be bested the following year by a 22-year-old). Grylls, while serving in the army, suffered a parachuting accident that nearly severed his spinal cord. After eight months in a military rehab center, he decided to leave the military and climb the legendary Everest. Barely escaping death (he fell into a crevasse at 19,000 feet), he reached the summit just 18 months after his accident. Unfortunately, Grylls's account of 70 days on Everest has a flat pitch, stiff syntax and little insight to offer on the experience of reaching for the top of the world save earnest observations on grit, body functions at high altitudes, his grandpa, faith, queen and country. The transcendent folly and physical drama of climbing above 26,000 feet were sharp narrative tools in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, but the Kid can't quite elaborate on how he felt as he passed the decayed, mummified body of Rob Hall, who tragically failed to scale the summit ridge. Grylls's report from the top of the world is almost without discernible color except the "bully" attitude Grylls and his mates brought along from England and took back home after a few celebratory ales in Kathmandu. His story adds little to the ever-expanding Everest genre. (May) Forecast: No matter how unexceptional they might appear to the uninitiated, diehard Everest fans never seem to tire of books like this. The effusive blurb from British Prime Minister Tony Blair certainly won't hurt sales, either.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592284930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592284931
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Liz Brown on November 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Someone once commented on this book saying that they had "read better accounts of climbing a mountain" but in saying that I think they have entirely missed the point of the book!
I picked it up and was unable to put it down. Maybe it isn't the best piece of literature around but is certainly one of the most honest. I was gripped by Bear's account of events, emotions, respect, friendship and faith and finished the book feeling both exhausted and inspired!
I would recommend this book to anyone that feels they are incapable of achieving anything greater than life behind a desk.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Justbooking TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Climbing Mt. Everest at the tender age of 23 is a great feat in itself. Only one in a thousand climbers under the age of thirty in top physical shape ever reach the summit.
What people don't know is that Bear Grylls had just recovered from an accident that nearly claimed his life, after his parachute tore at 11,000 feet during an Army training exercise. After spending months in rehab recovering from a broken back, he decided to follow an impossible dream.
There are few surprises here - you know the ending from the title alone. However, his tales of adventure, close calls, and vivid and very candid descriptions of life in the mountain will keep you reading and cheering him on!
Although his prose pales somewhat when compared to literary classics such as "Into Thin Air", and he lacks the experience and knowledge of legendary climbers such as the original "Kid", David Breashears ("High Exposure"), what he lacks in these areas he more than makes up in his enthusiasm, humor, and love of life. You cannot help but wonder what the older, more experienced climbers he is compared to - or even you - were doing at his age.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At 23 Bear Grylls decided that he was going to seed and needed to do something so he and a buddy went off to Mt. Everest. He wrote a book about the experience and it left me alternately laughing and awed. First, forget what you think you know about mountain climbing. Getting to Everest is an experience in itself that requires close encounters with bathrooms that are really just huts with mountains of other people's poop on the floor, diarrhea (inevitable-- the locals are none too clean and unless you want to offend them by not eating or drinking with the them you will get a stomach bug and/or a severe respiratory infection) and air sickness which can kill you if you don't attend to it right away. And because there's no place to bathe you will stink and after awhile even the female yaks will avoid you. Vomiting plays a big role in attacking Everest. On the very first night getting acclimated Bear was serenaded by the sounds of his buddy chundering into his boots. It's not romantic and not a bit like the adventure movies.

Still, Bear has a sense of humor and being 23 at the time he made the absolute grossness of it all incredibly funny. He starts out as a sweetly goofy kid (much "younger" than I was at that age)and gets more serious as he goes up the mountain. He has a couple of nearly deadly close encounters and life in the Death Zone of the mountain is not cute at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sorry to come to the last page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smileygirl on December 26, 2012
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I bought this book as a gift for my 12 year old brother, because he loves Bear Grylls. I ordered it early and decided to read it first. :) Thankfully I did because I ended up marking several things out of the book that I did not want my brother to read. It was an interesting enough book, especially if you like that kind of stuff, but it had some language in it, as well as a sexual "scene". Just wanted to put this out there in case anyone was thinking of giving this as a gift. I know I would have appreciated the heads up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on August 2, 2006
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I could not put this book down...finished it in 3 days, and I work full-time! I am a non-climber, but have read many books on people's experiences on Everest. This is one of the best accounts I've read...I was riveted and felt like I was right there with Bear on the mountain. Well done!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carl R. Mousley on July 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
(Presumably the book has been re-titled for the US market - it's published as "Facing Up" in the UK.)
Bear was 23 when he wrote the book - the text sometimes reflects this as he expresses a kind of undergraduate attitude and sense of humour. It's not great literature - not nearly as well written as "Into Thin Air" for example.
But he vividly describes the conditions on the mountain - from the squalor of Base Camp, to the brutal, painful fight at extreme altitude and it was this that gripped me.
I really enjoyed the book - and I believe it does add to the genre. He has a different perspective - as he says in the text, most Everest climbers are much older and more experienced and their writing reflects this.
Bear's book is a breath of rarified fresh air!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Trujillo on April 13, 2010
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For those who rated this book '5 Stars' or are concerned that I missed the 'message' of the book let me assure, that I did not.

Bear tells of an awesome experience; that is an assured fact. However, he does it a manner that is far from engaging and exciting. At no point did I find myself actually fighting to put this book down. Maybe it is because I already knew that he successfully climbed Everest that it eliminated the suspense that would ordinarily be created for a lesser known figure/role-model. Or maybe it is just because the book was written to accentuate the core message of endurance, patience, and perseverance... I believe it is the latter as just finishing this book required all three.

The book was often repetitive in its messages and statements: be patient, carelessness can be fatal, and family/faith are driving influences. But time and time again, all I read was Bear violating all of these repeatedly and succeeding based on pure luck and timing (his words several times over). He rarely practiced what he preached and perhaps that is what he learned from Everest and wants to pass on to his readers: he went up an impetuous youth with lofty aspirations and came down a changed patient/mature adult. Save short of asking him directly, one can not know these answers.

I will say, that on a whole, the novel is worth reading if for not its saving grace, the last 1/5 of the book (from his weather conditions release and go-ahead of BC to try for the summit). If it were not for his honesty and overall simplicity of this last 1/5th I doubt I would have even finished the book. Here he does manage to capture attention and feelings of what a true feat he is striving to attain. But beyond that one section, I felt disappointed with what I read.
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