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The Climb (Everest #2) Paperback – September 1, 2002
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The biggest problem is the age of the characters, especially the thirteen-year-old Dominic. Nepal has a very strict minimum age requirement for issuing permits to climb Everest, so strict in fact that they would not issue a permit for the son of a famous Sherpa climber this year. So the entire premise of these young teens climbing doesn't work from the beginning. The book was published in 2002. In 2010, a thirteen-year-old set the record as youngest to summit. He had to climb from the Northern side in Tibet because Tibet had no minimum age. After much adverse reaction from the climbing community, Tibet instituted a minimum age of eighteen. A character name Ethan is in the book as the youngest to climb Everest. In reality, no such person exists.
They fly to Lukla for two hours in a helicopter standing up and holding onto a strap. Wrong. It takes 35 minutes to get there. Small planes make the flight. I did fly into Lukla in a Russian helicopter in the early 90's. We did not stand. We sat along the sides with cargo down the center.
Dominic is the hero of the book, and here's where the whole story becomes outlandish. First of all, he's referred to as the shrimp, youngest and smallest of the group.Read more ›
An athletic company is holding a contest to sponsor the youngest climber ever to summit Everest, the highest mountain in the world. "The Contest" follows several young hopefuls as they compete for a place on the four person team.
Book one in an action-packed trilogy, "The Contest" is quick, decent read. My main complaint is that Korman uses several climbing terms and equipment pieces that he doesn't explain until the end of the book, if at all. For example, I knew what crampons were, but I don't think it's a common term.
The story isn't told from the viewpoint of any one character; and several of the characters are cliches: there's the young kid, the mean kid, the kid who doesn't want to be there, the adrenaline junky, etc. "The Contest" is still a good story, though, and I enjoy these types of stories because they introduce me to a new world or new activity that I was previously unfamiliar with.
The entire Everest trilogy is best for readers who are interested in mountain climbing, competition, or just learning about something new.
Written by Jack S.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not that great of a book but it was in great condition for my children at school and friends but good conditionPublished on January 26, 2014 by Norma
Arrived quickly and in good shape! Thanks! Great condition, appreciate that! A classic and worth the read. Such a journey.Published on November 24, 2013 by MONICA MEGONIGAL
Everest: The Climb Scholastic, 2002, 151pp. $7.99
Gordon Korman ISBN 0-439-40506-8
Dominic Alexis is a 13-year-old boy that has always been an athletic climber. Read more
Awesome book. My son loved it so much, I read it after him and loved it too! Cant wait to read number two!Published on January 30, 2010 by M. Gavin
Everest Book One: The Contest was extremely exciting, although slightly unrealistic. Everest is about a group of young kids who want to be the youngest to climb Mount Everest. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Allison N. Ferree
This is a children's series that doesn't try to talk down to kids. Instead, these books introduce new terms and techniques from the sport of climbing that even many adults have not... Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by William S. Oetting
The author of the book I read is Gordon Korman. The title of the book is Everest. The type of book that Everest is historical fiction. Read morePublished on February 8, 2007
To understand this book you have to know about climbing. This book inspired me to start rock climbing. I read all the books in 6 hours!!!!! I loved them and i hope you do too.Published on June 6, 2006 by Landon Carter