He was an intrepid individual as far as I can remember. Whether it was going to the thrill rides in any amusement park or skydiving from a plane in Dubai, he had been an outdoor adrenaline junkie. And so, when he decided to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
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.
I recently watched the movie ‘Everest’ and first things first, I must say that it’s a visually breathtaking flick. But it got me thinking on the reasons why mountaineers do what they do.
Whether it’s the fun or the dream of conquering the impossible; the craze for living life at the edge or the fame associated with it, mountaineers have their reasons. And it’s the case with not only mountaineers but adrenalin junkies in general.
For many, this so called ‘adventurous’ life is nothing but a waste of money and public health resources. But for those who live on challenges, such experiences give meaning to their lives. It defines their personality and their day to day outlook.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – October – My post no 1 for this month.
“Covering all the exotic surfing hotspots in the world is surely part of my bucket list. The adrenaline rush while riding a wave cannot be replaced by anything else.”
Being an adventure freak all his life, Ron loved taking challenges head on. And this rush to take up challenges is what cost his life.
As the waves started to get bigger and stronger, he missed his balance, fell into the rough waters and began to drown before he could even realize what was happening.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – June – My post no 9 for this month.