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Book Review – Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is regarded as one of the youngest Britons to climb Everest at the age of 23. Over the years since then, he has gone on to cross the North Atlantic in an open inflatable boat, led an expedition to one of the remotest unclimbed peaks in Antarctica and gone para-motoring over the Himalayas.

Facing Up: A remarkable journey to the summit of Mount Everest is his first book. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this:

At the age of twenty – three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Having suffered a broken back only two years before in a freefall parachuting accident, he overcame incredible odds, not to mention great hardship and danger, to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith. 

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Book Review: Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: The story of the disaster of 1996

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Jon Krakauer is a mountaineer and writer of more than 5 books and a lot many magazine articles. While on an assignment for the Outside magazine in 1996, he wrote ‘Into Thin Air’ which went on to become one of his most famous books.

The blurb goes like this:

In May 1996, Jon Krakauer was on one of the three expeditions near the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm hit, and by the end of the day eight people were dead. Into Thin Air tells the story of that ill-fated adventure. In it Krakauer brilliantly evokes the majestic Everest landscape and places his own experiences within the history of man’s attempt to conquer the world’s highest mountain. Into Thin Air is a landmark of mountaineering literature, and a harrowing tale of human tragedy and endurance. 

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100 word fiction: Staring death in the face..

Staring death in the face..

Staring death in the face..

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

“We are late all because of your work. You knew we were leaving for a road trip, right? Wasn’t it possible to finish early at least today?”

Sarah and Rocky were a young couple who had summited 15 of the highest peaks in the world and survived through varied environments just on their willpower to achieve the impossible.

But they had never thought that a simple thing like giving a lift to a person could prove to be disastrous. They were thrown out of their car as their tormentor sped off. Minutes later, they were crawling on the road for help.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – September – My post no 15 for this month.

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