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Snowshoes and Shipton: Climbing Muztag Ata in the Chinese Pamirs (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Horrell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The dazzling-white dome ... crowned with a shimmering field of eternal snow," was how the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin described the Father of the Ice Mountains. The 20th century explorer and mountaineer Eric Shipton was unimpressed, describing Muztag Ata much more soberly as, "an isolated peak somewhat resembling a volcanic cone in appearance."

Yet the great man failed to reach the summit after walking for several hours in thick snow trying to find it, vomited from exhaustion on the way down, and got back to his tent with frostbite which left him unable to walk for several weeks afterwards. The man famous for his many expeditions to Everest later said he'd never felt so cold on a mountain in his life.

Undeterred by Shipton's failure, Mark Horrell thought he'd have a go at the mountain himself. Despite its gentle appearance, Muztag Ata reaches a staggeringly whopping height of 7546m. It presents no particular technical challenges, but the steep slog through snow for several days is a true test of physical endurance at such an extreme altitude.

He'd never been so high in his life before and wasn't sure whether he'd manage it. Snowshoes and Shipton is the travel diary of his adventure and will appeal to fans of mountain literature, and especially those with an interest in the great mountain explorer Eric Shipton. It includes many of the author's photographs from his climb.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1588 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069UU2I0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I'm a mountaineer, adventure travel blogger, diarist and digital communications consultant from the United Kingdom, who divides his time between helping organisations with all things web and social media, and travelling extensively in the world's greater mountain ranges. In May 2012 I achieved a long-held ambition by reaching the summit of Everest.

You can read my blog at

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3.0 out of 5 stars Another little travelogue 8 Mar. 2013
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Mark Horrell specialises in short travelogues about his, normally guided, climbing exploits and I like the style he uses. He tells it like it is, obviously taking the prose from the notes he make in his daily diary - a style that I like.

I am a walker and traveller myself and avid reader on the topic and I have found over the years that so many writers get tied up in the mindset that they are "writing a book" and constantly feel, presumably under pressure from their editors, that they have to impress. Mark does not do this - he simply writes about what he does and it seems to me there is very little editing - well done - keep it up Mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Feb. 2014
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I really enjoy this author's travel tales. Mark Horrell writes in an engaging manner. Great descriptions of the beautiful scenery mixed with interesting tales about the people he travels with. If you are interested in trekking, you will enjoy these books. I have read most of them now and am rationing myself with the remaining ones so I do not finish too quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Mark Horrell story yet... 8 July 2012
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I have read 6 of Mark stories from the 'Footsteps on the Mountain' series and this was my favourite. Once again its superbly written, with great detail, photos and description. Download it. What do you have to lose? Its better than 50 Shades! (I have not read 50 shades).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. You can't go wrong with Mark's work. ... 11 Sept. 2014
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Superb. You can't go wrong with Mark's work. I would say buy all his titles and book your trip to Nepal or Tibet!
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3.0 out of 5 stars shoeshoes and shipton 29 April 2013
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Not as good a read as some of the other mark horrell books I have read, a little mundane was my assessment
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