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As he teetered on a narrow rock ledge, a yak's bellow short of the stratosphere, with a rubber mask strapped to his face, a pair of mittens the size of a sea lion's flippers, and a drop of two kilometres below him, it's fair to say Mark Horrell wasn't entirely happy with the situation he found himself in.

He had been an ordinary hiker who had only read books about mountaineering. When he signed up for an organized trek in Nepal with a group of elderly ladies, little did he know that ten years later he would be attempting to climb the world's highest mountain.

But as he traveled across the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and East Africa, following in the footsteps of the pioneers, he dreamed up a seven-point plan to gain the skills and experience which could turn a wild idea into reality.

Funny, incisive, and heartfelt, his journey provides a refreshingly honest portrait of the joys and torments of a modern-day Everest climber.

©2015, 2020 Mark Horrell (P)2020 Mark Horrell

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Funny and educational

A great listen. Really enjoyed this one Mark tells a great, interesting and humorous story of his steps along the way to reaching my ultimate goal.
Debunked a lot of myths as well.

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Entertaining book for adventurers

Having been to some of the places described in the book I found it very interesting and enjoyable to relive. The narration really helps sell the experience, and during the times of the pandemic, sitting in the garden with my eyes shut listening took me back to Nepal. I just hope I can get back there again one day. I would recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in hiking, mountains and travel. When you cant get out adventuring, the next best thing is listening to a fascinating story like this.

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thank you

thank you for sharing the story of your journey with us mark I enjoyed every minute of listening to it on audible. very inspiring

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simply brilliant

and engaging and interesting listen. well written, humourous and inspiring! if you need the motivation to get off your backside and try something this will surely help.

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A joy to listen to

This book was a joy and to follow the journey of Mark from Snowdon through to Everest in great detail was excellent.. it’s made me want to return to Nepal again very soon

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A frank and honest story

The narrator does a great job portraying the authors humour. An inspirational story that made me go for a weekend hill walk

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Fantastic

Inspirational read. Makes me want to start my own climbing journey. I’ve at least got Snowdon ticked off the list

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Awesome just awesome

I absolutely loved this book. It had me laughing so much as well as being very informative it was a great combination. Thank you so much

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A great listen which has planted a seed.

Having completed the TMB, Annapurna Circuit and other treks, this story has made me think perhaps it is possible to embark on my own personal journey to the world’s highest peak. Inspiring to say the least. Thank you.

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Excellent story for the amateur mountain lover

was a really well written journey of discovery of the mountains. The writer comes across as a humble, humerous and warm hearted adventurer and I was enthralled the entire way. Slight annoyance with the number of obscure metaphors thrown in but only very slightly. the narrator was decent but I think he needs to remove the constant need to practice his accents, the one with Tenzing Norgay coming across as welsh was hilarious!

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Thoroughly enjoyed

Great sense of humor and appreciate the realism vs sensationalism often seen in books that include Everest. Really interesting perspective on the journey from hiking to climbing.

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  • 09-09-20

Great perspective on big mountains from an amateur

Very funny, and extremely helpful for anyone considering hiigh altitude trips or making a change in their lives.