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The Ascent of Manaslu: Climbing the world's eighth highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 15)

The Ascent of Manaslu: Climbing the world's eighth highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 15) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Horrell
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The mountain gods were very protective of Manaslu, a huge two-pronged peak in the Nepal Himalaya, and the eighth highest mountain in the world. When a Japanese team tried to climb it in the 1950s, the gods sent an avalanche in their wake which destroyed a nearby monastery and set the local population against them. They returned the following year, but were met with sticks and stones and made to undergo what in schoolboy parlance is known as a "de-bagging".

While Mark Horrell had never returned trouserless from an expedition and intended to keep that record, he was determined to give the mountain a go, and set out to climb it with regular climbing partners Mark and Ian in Autumn 2011.

A more luckless trio of wannabe mountaineers would be hard to find. Between them they had made no fewer than eight attempts to climb an 8000 metre peak without success, and the author was on his fourth attempt alone. Would it be any different this time? And perhaps less importantly, would they keep their trousers? This is the story of their climb as part of a commercial expedition team.

This ebook contains many of the author's photographs from the expedition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L88IQW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking expedition account. 15 Jun 2013
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I've read a few of Mark's books and they never disappoint me.
Mark gives a really detailed account of the successes and challenges of expeditions and really gives a feeling for what it's like when spending weeks pursuing a major summit.
I really like that Mark just gives a genuine account of his expeditions - he doesn't try to make himself sound like a superhero, he just shares a realistic account of how things are.
As well as a great mountaineering book, this also captures the humour of like on trek and the characters of the people involved.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Exhausted 6 July 2014
By mog
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Thank you Mark. Like all your other diaries a special privilege to climb with you.
Never going to get there myself, so reading of your experiences in these sometimes very remote places, makes the heart sing.
Footsteps on the Mountain series?
Always a brilliant read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, A Fabulous Read, Shelagh 4 Feb 2013
By Shelagh
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This is another fantastic book from Mark Horrell,
The spellbinding discription of another highly skilled and professional climb is a triumph. His usual anticipation and discriptions of these magnificent mountains makes you able to picture everything in your head,
To me,
He is the best " Mountain" writer without dought,
The humility he feels as he leaves base camp matches perfectly with the excitment he feels,
He brings the hauntingly beautiful Himalays into your home and every page is fascinating,
Brilliant, Shelagh,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Dec 2012
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Collected mountaineering and trekking books for years but only just discovered Mark's kindle books. Great value and a really addictive read that tells it as it is without the gloss that often comes with this type of book. Love the web links to Mark's photo collections that help fill in many of the descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like being there! 4 Dec 2012
By P Smith
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As a lifelong armchair climber, I'm amazed I haven't come across Mark Horrell before. He should certainly be better known: he writes in a lively style quite unspoiled by any of the 'fine writing' and philosophical pretensions which mar many other climbing books by better-known authors. You have the impression that he is telling it like it is - sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes amazing, and with a refreshing lack of vanity. For those like me who'll never go on a Himalayan trek, this is definitely the next best thing - I will be looking out for more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every armchair mountaineer 8 Nov 2012
By Jules T
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This is my second of Mark's books, and I loved it. For those of us who would love to experience this life it really tells how it is - the dangers, the frustration, the disappointments - and the exhiliration if it everything conspires for the good and it all comes together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Oct 2012
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Fantastic story, I felt as if I was one of the team. Once the mountain had been successfully climbed the ending came just too quickly.
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