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Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest Hardcover – 24 Mar 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (24 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333780701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333780701
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"'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.

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Format: Paperback
I decided to buy this book after watching Bear Grylls in his Born Survivor/Man vs. Wild role as I found him to be quite a likeable guy. I was also impressed when I heard of his attempt to scale Everest after breaking his back in two places.

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.
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Until I saw Bear speak at a business conference I had not heard of him. I was so inspired by the story of his achievements that I bought this book. I can quite honestly say that no matter how impressed I was by the story he told, it could not have prepared me for what I read in this book.

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.
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A beautifully written book which flowed well and was written with real honesty.
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
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Having never heard of Bear Grylls before I read "Facing Up", I had no idea what to expect. But soon after i started reading I realised that this was going to be one of my all-time favourite books. I was hooked from the very beginning right the way through to the end, and Grylls writing really gets the reader involved, writing comically at times but then contrasting that with the magnitude of the tasks ahead of him. Unlike most books, with "Facing Up" there wasn't a point where i felt it was dragging on, as every chapter is filled with the hopes and fears of Bear and his companions, giving the book a sense of comradeship and showing their intimate feelings.
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!
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I bought this book for my husband's Christmas. He is a hill walker, mainly Munros in Scotland but likes to read about mountains around the world. He enjoyed it then I read it. I did not expect to get past the first few pages as I normally read crime novels but I could hardly put this book down. I had read other reviews and thought that Bears constant mention of god and praying would have put me off but it actually fitted in with what he was describing at the time. He has a very down to earth way of describing what was happening and what he and his fellow climbers were experiencing. It was a very readable book and I did not find it too 'technical' which for a non climber/walker was excellent.
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Superb in every way!! Takes you to the place in ways you can barely imagine. Excellently written, superbly descriptive, highly emotive it is unputdownable. A thrashing great read from a man who has been to the edge of human endeavour and seen, first hand, what despair looks like and what it can do to you. What a life. What a character. What a book. Read it, devour it, savour it, enjoy it and learn from it ... because it will tell you more about who you are than most of the books you will ever read. An awesome book about a stunning achievement from a truly great guy. And then follow it up with Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - the words behind the film Everest - another utterly stunning read.
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An excellent read. You don't have to be a mountaineering buff or even a fan of feats of endeavour to enjoy this. Mr Grylls' humour, humility, faith and bravery shine through every page. He climbed Everest against all the odds at 23 - what next? Buy this book!
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If you like Bear then you'll like this book. He's obviously made of strong stuff and he has a story to tell but unfortunately he isn't really a writer and doesn't capture the real essence of high altitude mountaineering and its inherent risks as succinctly as other writers within the genre.

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.
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