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on 16 May 2017
It's a great read. Especially well written also. This author is passionate about mountaineering (and obviously about grammar and vocabulary too), and seems to have the same deep curiosity about the "why" part as I have - so he is asking and finding answers to the exact questions I was searching for. Loved this book.
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on 1 August 2016
Having read a lot about the 1996 Everest tragedy, I decided to try something new on a similar topic. Sadly I was disappointed. Heil seems to follow Jon Krakauer's lead with a tedious history of Everest at the start of the book; added are monotonous details of every climber that ever climbed and probably even contemplated climbing Everest! It doesn't even seem to get going until about page 120. I liked some of the descriptive language but overall it wasn't the terrific read I expected it to be.
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on 16 January 2018
This is the best book about Everest I have read to date. The details are well presented and offer a real insight as to the dangers presented in conquering this great mountain. God bless those who remain on her.
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on 28 March 2018
As an armchair explorer this was a great read summarising the 2006 climbing season at the mercy of the elements in Everest
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on 25 February 2018
Gives a sobering account of the great mountain and its perils.
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on 29 September 2015
Took this book on holiday with me and loved it so much once I had finished I started reading it again! There is so much history packed in it's incredible and the story telling by Nick Heil (and his vocabulary) is incredible. Well worth 5 stars!
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on 26 May 2017
A book you will not be able to put down. Really well researched and an excellent read.
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on 13 March 2016
Whilst this isn't written by someone who was there in the moment, i found this book a really good read. Some books written by those who were there are not actually that easy to follow, where as this is a real page turner.
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on 17 December 2016
Well written, easy to follow, tells a gripping and tragic tale while making you imagine the conditions up there. Totally enjoyed it.
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on 14 December 2013
This has to be one of the greatest mountaineering books out there, I absolutely loved its honesty and the whole debate about the morality of mountaineering, a definite must if you love the mountains and high altitude, whether its reading about it or doing it.
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