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So good, I've read it three times!
on 20 October 2014
Before I read this book, I don't think I'd heard of Bear Grylls, but I am drawn to any book about Everest because I have something of an obsession with the mountain and the region. I've read quite a few books about Everest expeditions going back as far as the early 1920's, including the ill-fated summit attempt by Mallory and Irvine. 'Facing up' though is by far one of my favourite accounts and I've read it three times so far. A very well written, descriptive and honest account of all the challenges faced by a young man who was the youngest Briton at that time to make it to the summit of Everest and back despite having broken his back and recovered prior to this. Bear Grylls comes across as someone who is very humble, likeable, funny and slightly off the wall. There was also a great camaraderie between himself and other members of the expedition which must have helped them all in the gruelling challenges they faced.