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Dare to Dream [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton
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Book Description

Dare to Dream is the account of Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton and his journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, in May 2012. The ascent was world record breaking, and the three members of the expedition, including Matthew, became the youngest ever team to successfully summit and descend the mountain. The climb was acknowledged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the story reached an estimated 100 million people worldwide.

The book however begins in a different fashion, describing the longer journey to the mountain, and the decisions that led him to that point. The book focuses firstly upon the humorous aspects of his home town in Lincolnshire, a notoriously flat county, and his younger life as one of the best squash players in the country. This lifestyle is then flipped upside down by a fateful stint in the French Alps where a love of the mountains grew, and eventually saw Matthew planning a complex route to the top of the world. Three major expeditions then unfold, firstly in the little known Kyrgyzstan, secondly in Nepal to a remote range of mountains, and finally to Everest itself, with each period of time in between expeditions revealing a new set of challenges, both physically and emotionally, to overcome.

Over the course of the expeditions, there moments that will make you laugh, moments that will make you cry, and many moments where you’ll be aghast, as Dare to Dream brings Everest and all its dangers to the chair. No other account has documented the successes and tragedy on the south side of Everest during the 2012 season, and whilst these events are described and explained, many personal challenges and dangers are also brought to life, such as the constant danger to life and sanity from the constant high altitude, the hidden dangers of the bottomless crevassed underworld, and the obvious dangers brought by multiple avalanches, all of which came too close.

The book concludes with the huge physical and emotional stresses built up during such a journey, and the unique perspective that the climb has given a young 22 year old man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGX3T7K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton is a professional athlete who on the 19th May 2012 became one of the youngest British climbers and part of the youngest ever team to climb Mount Everest. After attaining his degree, Matthew set out in the pursuit of climbing Mount Everest which took him from the highlands of Scotland to the Himalayas in some of the most extreme environments on earth.

His book, Dare to Dream encapsulates every aspect of the journey to Everest, describing in detail the agony that is ultra high altitude mountaineering, the gruelling training which is required to reach such places, the necessary attributes needed to gaze out across the high Himalayas towards the curvature of the earth and the profound lessons that are learnt in such a hostile place.

Matthew is also a public speaker, delivering after dinner and motivational presentations, managed by iChallengeU. Matthew has presented at venues including the Royal Society of Arts (London) for clients including the BBC, Burberry, Carnstone, Marks & Spencer, Sky, Tesco and Yell/Hibu.

The 2012 Everest expedition was sponsored by Hibu (formerlly Yell) Group.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting story of adventure and perseverence 11 Jun. 2013
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There is a glut of new books on Everest at the moment thanks to it being the 60th anniversary year, but for me Dare to Dream stands out in several ways. Firstly, Matthew is a young man. Although he had accumulated a decent amount of mountaineering experience by the time he set out for Everest, he isn't a seasoned climber. Why does this matter? His outlook on mountaineering is fresh, unspoiled by the quirks and hypocrisies of climbing culture, and full of enthusiasm and energy. In a genre packed with relatively cynical books this really is something new and I loved reading about how a relative newcomer to climbing looked at the unique pleasures and pains of the Everest challenge.

Matthew goes into a lot of detail in describing his adventures, but the book is in no way long-winded. He takes us through his first steps in planning how to get to Everest from a state of almost no climbing experience, building that experience up over the years, first Scottish winter season, first rock climbing trip, first big peak. His training routines are gruelling and demonstrate the lengths he was willing to go in order to achieve his goal. His first few expeditions to the greater ranges are also described vividly and throughout the book Everest looms as both a promise and a threat, overshadowing everything he does.

The writing style is really engaging and Matthew's cheerful, optimistic nature shines through on every page. Matthew is the hero of his own book, and I mean that in the best possible sense: we cheer him on at every stage, commiserate with him when he encounters roadblocks and pitfalls, and feel every moment of triumph along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST £1.95 I'VE SPENT. 13 Jun. 2013
By James K
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This book is incredible. It's written with such passion and honesty with plenty of humour. It makes the reader feel a part of the adventure. I would recommend it to anyone. If you need some motivation or a drive to succeed then the book's perfect for you. It will leave you wanting to climb a mountain of your own. An inspiration not only to mountaineers but anyone who has a dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 11 Sept. 2013
By Gez
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This book was a breath of fresh air. From cover to cover, it simply narrates Matt's journey to the top of the world. Yes, there are a number of Everest books detailing how overpaid, inexperienced climbers risk their lives and the lives of the others, to conquer a mountain, such as Krakauer's Ïnto thin air". But this book explains Matts personal story in reaching both a good level of fitness, and being able to even dream of making the expedition.
He does not hide that he uses an expedition crew, and explains a number of challenges along the way. The book is an excellent read, and well worth spending a couple of days taking time out to see how a 22 year old uses his noggin to fulfil a dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different Everest tale 10 May 2015
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I picked up on this book after reading a number of the more celebrated Everest climbing books, and wasn't sure what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised and rate it as one of the most readable and best on the subject. Matthew's style is modest, respectful and engaging, and what I particularly enjoyed and found different was the detail of his preparation, training and the treks in and out rather than just the climbing from base camp like some others. It made it a much more complete yet very down to earth journey that is easy to relate to but still greatly admire the strength it takes to get there. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying this 9 July 2013
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Not sure if this is everyones cup of tea. I am not a great reader of autobiographies but having known Matthew since he was at primary school I wanted to see what had inspired him to rise to the challenge of Everest. I am thoroughly enjoying this book, it is wittily written and the technical details explained enough for the lay person to follow. It really is inspirational!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and very inspirational 5 Aug. 2013
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As a fellow climber I felt every moment of Matthews story. I recognised places, feelings, emotions and points in time as I have climbed in the Himalayas myself. But Matt has a great way of appealing to each of us as a human rather than making the story appear unattainable. It's very readable and addictive the whole way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everest Feast 22 April 2014
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I have read nearly all the expedition books to the biggest mountains and this author takes you with him on the climb. Loved it and felt like I was with him every step of the way!! Really felt quite sad to finish the book, I had enjoyed it so much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to live your dream. 31 Mar. 2014
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I really enjoyed this story. Having read some of the reviews, I was not too sure what to expect. He did get lucky in his attempts at sponsorship, but he also put the work in. Well worth reading
, in my case more so as the book was free.
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