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  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264544
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dom Faulkner is best known for his leadership of EVERESTMAX, one of the most successful British expeditions in decades and the first to achieve the last great overland challenge.

Dom was born in the UK but spent his childhood years in Nigeria and India. After the early death of his father Dom was educated in the UK and studied Geology at Imperial College in London before spending several years with the Army and 21 SAS regiment. He used his time in the military to good effect, pursuing his love of parachuting and completing over a thousand jumps. He is a devoted cyclist and climber and his travels have taken him to all five continents and over sixty countries.

Dom is passionate about communicating his experience of the outdoors. He uses his skills in film making and photography to bring his expeditions alive to audiences and has spoken widely on Everest and the demands of leadership. He is currently working on his second book which charts his solo descent of the Green and Colorado Rivers in the United States.

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ONE MAN'S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH TO THE TOP

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The Longest Climb is the utterly compelling account of Dominic Faulkner's expedition from the Dead Sea to the peak of Everest. Dominic and his team, EverestMax, were the first ever to make this journey – a dangerous one, both politically and personally. Following much of the ancient Silk Road they cycled five thousand miles across Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India on the way to Tibet and the bottom of the world's highest mountain, where they prepared for the climb of their lives. From escaping the Syrian army and confronting Iranian mullahs, to deciding whether or not to share the little oxygen they have and risk their own lives in order to save another climber, The Longest Climb is a high-octane combination of the huge personal risk, fascinating cultural insight, and momentary farce that make up a major expedition. The Longest Climb is not solely the story of an expedition. It is also the moving account of Dominic's struggle to finally accept the heartbreaking loss of his father when Dominic was just six. As he fights illness, broken equipment, lack of money and the gruelling demands of climbing Everest, Dominic also reflects upon what has driven him up this mountain. The answers are as affecting as they are extraordinary.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. O'Sullivan on 23 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this book Dominic Faulkner tells the story of an expedition he undertook to travel from the lowest place on earth - the Dead Sea to the highest - the sumit of Everest. Known as the Everestmax Expedition, the team members travelled initially by bicycle and then later on foot. Dominic sets the scene by telling us his life story so far thereby explaining the inspiration to undertake such a journey. He then recounts the entire expedition in excellent detail. He is frank about his feelings throughout the journey and makes some conclusions at the end of the book that are still resonating with me. I especially like books about travel, mountaineering and endurance. This ticks all three boxes for me. I would highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Levine on 31 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Longest Climb is an expedition from the lowest point in the world at the shores of the Dead Sea, to the peak of Mount Everest.
Faulkner is the expedition's leader and something of an adventurer in the Ranulph Fiennes mould (Fiennes actually writes the book's forward).
He was a member of the SAS, although we learn very little about his experiences in that most famous regiment.
In fact we learn very little about the author at all, in terms of what makes him tick, and he seems to suffer little in the way of introspection and soul searching. But then, that is probably why he's taken part in an expedition like this, while others of us sit writing reviews of his book. Like Fiennes, whose books also suffer little in the way of self doubt, explorers tend to find ways of doing things, rather than agonising whether something's a good idea or not.
It's a book of two halves - the first a really engaging travelogue of the 5,000 mile cycle ride from the Dead Sea to Everest Base Camp across 'no-go' parts of the Middle East. It's interestingly told and very enlightening, as the author reveals the amazing reception his team, which includes two hardy women, receives, expecially in Iran.
The second half, the climb up Everest, is compelling. The first real drastic problems arise - Faulkner's retinas start bleeding because of the altitude, although he seems to shrug it off without too many worries. Also the team, which is reinforced with some 'proper' climbers has a few problems, mainly focusing on an argument over how many oxygen cyclinders the cash-strapped team should buy.
It is a testament to the quality of the individuals that seven make the summit of Everest. The dangers they overcome are shown by the number of deaths - eleven - on the mountain that year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Peers on 13 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read just about all of the mountaineering / true adventure books available and can honestly say that this one is one of the very best. It holds you captivated throughout with an amazing account of a feat of endurance that beggar's belief.

This book is extremely well written and doesn't get dragged into technical speak like so many other books out there. An incredible story that's well worth the read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morwenna Davenport on 27 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
What an achievement for all involved. A book that has you gripped from the first page. I loved it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prof Ian A. Sutherland on 3 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Quixotian adventure in modern times. They must have been verging on madness to undertake such a dangerous trip, and everyone along the way, as with Don Quixote, did not believe them! A great read from the comfort of my armchair and an inspiration to sign up for an adventure of my own.
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By Tiger Tim on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of hill walking and the great out doors, I found this book totally riveting. The challenges they meet are sometimes almost unbelievable. Though hardly a cyclist myself if you have ever ridden a bike this will amaze you, could you possible achieve such a goal?

Tiger Tim
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Cunningham on 29 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'd just finished reading the Ghosts of Everest (Jochen Hemmleb) when I was told about Dom's book. Where Mr Hemmleb bored the living daylights out of me, Dom's recounting of the EverestMax journey is brilliant, well written and kept me enthralled from start to finish. Its a mad journey but one full of inspiration and a "can-do" attitude that's probably been missing in society since the likes of Mallory and Irvine reached the first step. Top stuff, go and buy it!
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Format: Paperback
This is the best adventure book I've read in ages. Every evening I was excited to get back to reading this book and see what was going to happen next. I highly recommend it!
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