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Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest Paperback – 23 Mar 2001
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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)
A remarkable journey to the summit of Mount Everest, described as 'honest and compelling' by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.See all Product description
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I will certainly be reading his other accounts, even though I am particularly interested in Everest, I have a feeling Bear will thoroughly entertain and enthrall no matter which of his adventures he is recounting.
I'd happily recommend it to anyone with an interest in this for all the above reasons and the sheer reality of it all - in Bear's own words "There was nothing remotely pleasant or romantic up here now - it just hurts".
He may not be the best writer in the world, but he tells the story of an Everest climber well, and, for a first time reader of an Everest book, he explains everything in rich detail. He describes all the parts of the climb very well using easy to understand language and explains some of the history behind the naming of areas of the Everest climb.
The impression I get from his TV appearances make me think that he is a tough character, physically and mentally strong who doesn't know the meaning of pain. This book tells otherwise. Bear lets us into his world on his ascent to the Everest summit. He tells us of his fear for the climb, his determination to do his best and fulfil his childhood dreams and the physical struggles throughout the journey.
We see him build friendships with people from all around the globe and on more than one occasion we hear how different people on the slopes of Everest save others lives, even those who know are not part of the same team, or risk their lives to help others - Bear himself doing this.
I realise this probably isn't the best review, but it's hard to put into words how much more respect for this man after reading this book. It takes just as much mental strength as physical strength to summit Everest and Bear has tons of it. He had many doubters, particularly because of his age and lack of high altitude experience, but he reached the top of the world through many struggles. His respect for the other climbers, including those who did not reach the summit, is admirable. They're is clearly an understanding that it doesn't matter how high you reach, if that's how high you can push yourself, then that's you're own top of the world. I'm looking forward to reading some more of Bears books in the future.
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