This is a book about those who set out to do something amazing. But also for those of us perhaps who never will - but love to dream of undertaking incredible feats - in the desert, up mountains, down rivers, over or under the sea, and even racing in the heart of the word's biggest cities. It is a book for doers and dreamers. The introduction reminds us that since recorded time, people have been pushing themselves to the limits of human endurance. The authors realized that it would be necessary to set out some parameters for the challenges to be included in this book. This appears to have been successful and has resulted in some unusual and epic feats of endurance. The book is cleverly divided into challenges taking place over different continents and included cross-continental challenges The excellent photography relating to each one, the description of the terrain, and discussion with the athletes who have completed the challenge, makes fascinating reading, together with key facts for each event. This is an inspiring book, lovely to read and browse - and perhaps even to start turning a dream into the journey of a lifetime!
Or as I like to call it "ultra porn". This book was a joy to read as I did from cover to cover. I have done a few of the events in here and have plans to do many more but was amazed by there being even more crazy stuff out there to do. The book is very well written, each challenge has the details of the event well written and researched and accompanied by fantastic photos and a competitors view also. Works really well as a "coffee table" book that you can just dip into from time to time and would be an ideal gift for someone who likes extreme challenges and maybe at a loss as to what to do next. He/She'll find something to get excited about in here.
If you ever want to do something different in your life, then the book gives you those ideas and an insight as to what to expect mentally and physically and for some the opportunity to build up courage to challenge themselves and or friends. I bought this for a friend who was looking for something more challenging than just having run over 170 marathons in his life ( he's 46), it brought a smile to his face!!
I ordered this for a Christmas present for a friend who has taken part in endurance challenges and he loved the book. And everyone enjoyed dipping into it over the Christmas period. Highly recommended. Arrived very promptly and well packaged.
This could also have been called 'The Ultimate Bucket List'! If it's hard and you've heard of it, it's definitely going to be listed here. Great book which pulls together all manner of challenges providing ideas cross discipline for adventurous types.
A truly inspirational collection of extraordinary challenges. Beautiful photography and concise descriptions take you from the Jungle of south America to the African desert in an awe-inspiring spectacular assortment of the ultimate endurance exploits and accomplishments on the planet.
Not a list of how to prepare and train for each event which you can find elsewhere, just an amazing and enthralling account of the hardest tasks people undertake just because they are there.