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Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest [Paperback]

Rev. Colonel David Cooper , Bear Grylls
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Book Description

5 Aug 2011

At the age of twenty-three, Bear Grylls became one of the youngest Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At extreme altitude youth holds no advantage over experience, and it is generally acknowledged that younger climbers have more difficulty coping with the adverse effects of mountaineering. Nevertheless, only two years after breaking his back in a freefall parachuting accident, Bear Grylls overcame severe weather conditions, fatigue, dehydration and a last-minute illness to stand on top of the world's highest mountain. Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith.

'No one could fail to be gripped by his heartfelt excitement and emotion over what was the adventure of a lifetime' Independent

'Bear's tale is by turns hilarious and horrific' Daily Telegraph

'Written with refreshing humility, this is a briskly told account, not of conquering Everest, but of realizing its power' Daily Mail

'A remarkable tale' Daily Express

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330392263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330392266
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No Western climber or even any Sherpas had been this high, so far this year. We were treading on virgin territory on the ever-changing surface of the glacier. The excitement welled up, and I felt strong. Here I was with those I knew so well, alone and isolated in the rawness and wonder of nature; and it made me feel good."

Facing Up tells the remarkable story of Bear Grylls' ascent of Everest, making him, at the age of 23, the youngest British climber to survive the adventure. Bear is at sometimes quirky and at others reflexive in his account of his months on Everest. "Nobody minds pain occasionally, but the prospect of being at my wit's end for the next two months terrifies me".

Bear battles against all the odds in the pursuit of his childhood dream--to stand on the summit of the world. Somewhat akin to an emotional roller coaster, Bear shares his elation and his despair, from standing on the summit, to swinging precariously in a crevasse in the Icefall. We are witness to the loss off hope being swept aside by grim determination and a restored faith; the pain and discomfort are quashed by his spirit, sense of humour and eccentricity.

Written in an amazingly personable style, incorporating extracts from his diary and select photos from his expedition, Facing Up takes you every extraordinary step of the way. This book is a must for climbers and adventurers everywhere; a remarkable tale. --Chris Hall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Bear's tale is by turns, hilarious and horrific.' Daily Telegraph 'Written with refreshing humility, this is a briskly told account not of conquering Everest, but of realising its power.' Daily Mail 'He writes convincingly of fear and doubt. This is an honest and compelling story.' Ranulph Fiennes"

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth A Read 24 April 2007
I decided to buy this book after watching Bear Grylls in his Born Survivor/Man vs. Wild role as I found him to be quite a likeable guy. I was also impressed when I heard of his attempt to scale Everest after breaking his back in two places.

I had never really been all that interested in mountain climbing but after reading this book I have a huge amount of respect for the men and women who attempt to climb this beast of a mountain.

The book is written in a very 'easy to pick up' way, you need no prior knowledge of moutain climbing to enjoy it and my suspicions about Bears likeability were confirmed.

It is a great read and a great introduction to both Everest and the world of extreme mountaineering and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, young man proves them wrong! 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
An excellent read. You don't have to be a mountaineering buff or even a fan of feats of endeavour to enjoy this. Mr Grylls' humour, humility, faith and bravery shine through every page. He climbed Everest against all the odds at 23 - what next? Buy this book!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !! 14 Aug 2006
By Jon B
Until I saw Bear speak at a business conference I had not heard of him. I was so inspired by the story of his achievements that I bought this book. I can quite honestly say that no matter how impressed I was by the story he told, it could not have prepared me for what I read in this book.

I have had numerous challenges to overcome in my life and to read of the challenges that Bear and his friends went through, albeit they chose to face those challenges, it just shows that when faced with adversity you should never, never give up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man 12 Oct 2001
By A Customer
A beautifully written book which flowed well and was written with real honesty.
This book shows what can be achieved with hard work and determination and is a must for any motivational bibliographies.
The book tells the story of a young man who comes bouncing back from near disaster after a parachute accident to realise his ultimate ambition - to climb Everest. It is by no means a technical text book for the serious climber but is a must read for anyone who wants to know how to achieve in life and succeed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read 7 Sep 2010
If you like Bear Grylls and the outdoors you'll love this book. Its well written and informative without being too condescending for those that know little about climbing.

I read this in less than a week. The writing style encourages you to carry on and see how Bear gets on and what happens next. He takes you through the ups and downs of the expedition and pulls few punches. It does not purely glamorise mountaineering but gives some insight to the dangers/pitfalls & sacrifices those people face in achieving their goal atop Everest.

Having enjoyed the Everst Beyond Limits series on Tv I bought this book to get a climbers personal view. Bear gives this and more by relating tales of the team with him & the hardships the sherpas face on a daily basis just to get their charges up and down the mountain.

This is a good read - thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. If you want a more technical climbers book then look elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! 3 Aug 2010
I am a fan of Bear from the Discovery Programs. That being said, i dont know why but i didnt expect much in terms of writing style from the book. I mean, Bear in my opinion is amazing for the thing's he does, fearless and daring. For me, his actions speak more than words, or so i thought. Plus, he's pretty young when he wrote this book and hence the lower expectations. But i am truly blown away, its one of the few books that have pulled me in, made me feel like i'm right there in, made me laugh out loud(i never do that!) and just feel like i've been give the privilege to be part of this amazing journey he undertook. Its more about the spirit and human will power. It how you can be fearful but not afraid. The importance of friendships and the courage of heart. I know lots of ppl say this, but there's always a first and this book has compelled me to write my first review ever though i've been buying from amazon for years. One word review would be: Inspiring!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring! 15 Mar 2006
Having never heard of Bear Grylls before I read "Facing Up", I had no idea what to expect. But soon after i started reading I realised that this was going to be one of my all-time favourite books. I was hooked from the very beginning right the way through to the end, and Grylls writing really gets the reader involved, writing comically at times but then contrasting that with the magnitude of the tasks ahead of him. Unlike most books, with "Facing Up" there wasn't a point where i felt it was dragging on, as every chapter is filled with the hopes and fears of Bear and his companions, giving the book a sense of comradeship and showing their intimate feelings.
Bear does not see his ascent of Everest as "conquering" a mountain, rather he is humble and modest and describes his journey as something more spiritual. He is a very likeable author and motivational speaker and i would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, even for a non climber 11 Feb 2009
I bought this book for my husband's Christmas. He is a hill walker, mainly Munros in Scotland but likes to read about mountains around the world. He enjoyed it then I read it. I did not expect to get past the first few pages as I normally read crime novels but I could hardly put this book down. I had read other reviews and thought that Bears constant mention of god and praying would have put me off but it actually fitted in with what he was describing at the time. He has a very down to earth way of describing what was happening and what he and his fellow climbers were experiencing. It was a very readable book and I did not find it too 'technical' which for a non climber/walker was excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 4 days ago by smiffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and will really connect to anyone to want to summit the...
I couldn't put this book down!
Published 5 days ago by Ellis Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Great read for those that like a bit of adrenalin, would like to read again once I have passed this silly review!
Published 1 month ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars You almost feel the cold as Bear climbs higher and higher
I am one of the people who really admires Bear for all he has been through in his life as well as his determination in teaching people things he learned the hard way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ivan Karačię
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing up
Great book, lovely condition and signed by author that was a surprise. Highly recommend this book to anyone, real page turner.
Published 5 months ago by Livia Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars good insight of expedition climbing
Nice book covering many personal aspects of expedition climbing and living on the mountains, both good and bad. Fun to read.
Published 6 months ago by someone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bear
What more can i add, the ultimate friendly family adventure guy writes a fab book, action packed, great pace, and I love Everest adventures so really pleased thank you
Published 6 months ago by margaret blundell
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent
I'm not a massive Bear Grylls fan, but this book shows exactly what he is made of. A true Englishman with an honest gritty outlook. Loved it.
Published 6 months ago by A. G. R. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars brill in every sense
Fantastically inspiring account of a feat of endurance and determination equal to few others. Well worth a read...I couldn't put it down.
Published 6 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Bearing up
Another excellent book bear grylls must be one of the fittest men on the planet I found it very hard to put it down.
Published 7 months ago by Peter and barbara
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