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on 20 May 2015
The two Marks embark on a very wet trek where trying to find a way to get their clothes dry for the next day is the biggest challenge. The trek takes them to the Makalu base camp despite issues with striking porters, ready to climb the snowy peak of Baruntse. The weather however is not helping them or their fellow teams with snow, high winds and dangerous conditions.

The story that dominates the book is the tragic death of Chewang Nima, who had climbed to the top of Everest 19 times, and was killed on Baruntse days earlier while fixing ropes near the summit for a rich client. Morals, ethics and rescue are all discussed by the team and their upset sherpas. Other disasters loom with climbers getting frostbite or getting 'lost' in bad weather as the snow continues and frustrations grow at Base Camp.

This book clearly shows the amount of waiting that a climber might have to do to get that elusive attempt at a summit. It shows that you need the weather to cooperate and that bit of luck, which poor Chewang Nima did not have in his freak accident. However good a climber you are, you are still at the mercy of the mountain and when luck is not with you, it can result in death.

Despite the gloomy climbing conditions and bad news, I still enjoy being there on an expedition with the guys. Mark's writing style is uncomplicated and raw which is perfect for the armchair fan to enjoy.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 on my star rating which is different to this site.

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on 12 February 2013
I'd recommend Mark Horrell's books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it's really like - especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.

The books are adapted from his blogs, written as he was on the mountain so they give a good idea of day-to-day on an expedition. His companions are often entertaining characters in their own right and he tells a good yarn. And all for under £1.

If I were being very picky, they could do with a little more proof-reading, and the drama of the books doesn't quite live up to his (excellent) choice of titles. But again, they're less than £1 each. It's hard to complain at that price.

This one describes a climb up Baruntse - in which a sherpa from another party, who has summitted Everest multiple times, dies while fixing rope on the upper slopes of the mountain. This happens off-screen, so to speak, but you get a sense of the danger involved in mountaineering
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on 3 May 2017
Story about normal for this author. Covers the assent of Baruntsea very well. But more importantly the treak through Himanlayer valleys very well, would be of great help to others contemplating the same journey. Really a day to day narrative and very much the same as previous books by Mark Horrrel.
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on 29 November 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its light humour. After reading another book by the same author I was well inside this book the photos are good. An easy read and not heavy. Its great for a change. I can't wait to read another book by this author
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on 18 September 2013
Having enjoyed several of Mark Horrell's previous books, I wasn't disappointed with this one - it has all his trademarks of lively and engaging writing, honesty and humour, as well as dealing with the more serious aspects of climbing (the Chewang Nima of the title is a Sherpa who is killed on the mountain a few days before Mark's expedition). As usual, the descriptions of sleeping in a tent when the temperature is well below freezing, putting on clothes still damp from the previous day's exertions, and eating dubious-sounding meals involving a strange mix of Western and Asian cooking are so vivid that reading them means you don't need to go there!
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on 8 July 2012
What I like most about Marks stories from his treks and climbs is that he sets the scene so well that it saves me having to go to the effort of carrying them out myself. I am far to lazy to have this lifestyle but I am interested in it and due to the authors writing style I can clearly imagine what its like out there on the other side of the world. Sometimes the scenes are nice and some sound very tough. This is a great book. Buy it.
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on 16 January 2014
I really like the descriptions of places and people that Mark travels to and meets
It's great to place yourself in these far flung parts of the world that few of us get to visit.
It was a little confusing that the author refers to his traveling companion as mark but didn't really introduce him.
Will certainly buy more of his work.
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on 6 July 2015
cant go wrong with
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on 24 August 2014
Interesting diary and insight into mountaineering in the Himalayas.
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on 30 August 2014
Mark's accounts are excellent, buy them!
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