Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest Hardcover – 24 Mar 2000
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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
"'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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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
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!
The book holds its own but never grips in the same manner as Into Thin Air, The Climb or Forever On The Mountain (to give but 3 examples). It's a worthy addition to any mountain enthusiast's bookshelf but if you are looking for just one mountaineering book you'd walk past this one to get to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gripping, funny and exciting, felt I climbed every step of the way with BearPublished 2 months ago by izzy
Excellent book, I felt like I was actually with the team. very realistic.Published 2 months ago by Eric Peter Wallwork
I couldn't put this book down . Very personal memoir of climbing Everest . Simply brilliant !Published 2 months ago by Bernard
Well written and a must read for anyone who wants to know what's it's like and takes to climb Everest.Published 2 months ago by Matthew L.
can't put this book down its fascinating. ordered 2nd hand it was amazing qualityPublished 3 months ago by Jen
This book is such a good book. When I bought it I thought it was going to be really cheesy and gritty but it is the best book I have ever read no one could fail to be gripped. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. T. Melton