Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A hill walker's journey to the top of the world Kindle Edition
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About the Author
For over a decade he has been exploring the world's greater mountain ranges and keeping a diary of his travels. As a writer he strives to do for mountain history what Bill Bryson did for long-distance hiking.
Several of his expedition diaries are available as quick reads from the major online bookstores. His first full-length book, Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest, about his ten-year journey from hill walker to Everest climber, was published in November 2015.
His favourite mountaineering book is The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E. Bowman.
- File size : 1309 KB
- Publication date : November 9, 2015
- Publisher : Mountain Footsteps Press (November 9, 2015)
- Print length : 305 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B014RGVXAS
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,346 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In a way this is his best effort, because it is longer and covers his entire trekking and climbing history, but it is a bit weaker, it seems to me because the writing seems a little more forced. For example, I became aware that he uses a lot of metaphors, and some of them seemed to fall flat for me. For example, one of the first ones 's "My pack had been about as heavy as Cliff Richard singing Van Halen numbers during a rain break at Wimbledon." Or the next one: while my stomach rumbled like a pair of toddlers sucking milkshake through a pig's intestine." Obviously they are meant to be exaggeration, a classic form of humor since Twain, but some of them fall flat in my opinion, and there may be just a few too many of them. But this was a minor distraction for me, and perhaps because I am, a writer ,myself.
I heartily recommend this book, not just for its own travelogue, mountaineering story telling, but to support the author su that he can climb high and write again.
I appreciate that Horrell eschews the pretense of alpine style and unapologetically embraces commercial mountaineering as a practical means to an end. He is a new breed of mountaineer and his voice is large in the tight knit climbing community. I look forward to hearing more of it.
Climbing books are more difficult to consider. While the topic again may inform us about the surprising quirks and depth of human nature, an incompetent author can ruin the story.
Mr. Horrell sails very close to the wind with his sometimes adolescent humor, but his unrelenting goal to climb Everest honestly is a story to be shared.
His writing style is light and chatty and makes for an easy enjoyable read. My only critique is his excessive use of simile and metaphor which obstructs the easy flowing narrative with bizarre and frequently out-of-synch word images which are often not as funny as they could be. If you didn't grow up with anEnglush sense of humor this could be a bigger issue.
That aside you'll learn more about mountaineering from this book that you will from any other non specialist source. The details are fascinating and Horrell's frank exploration of his fears and hopes make this book a page turner. Surprisingly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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Whether or not you’re interested in climbing this is a wonderful book.