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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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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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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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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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When ordinary becomes extraordinary.

This book is a must read for any hill walker/Munro bagger that aspires beyond what most people consider possible. It’s a Humble, honest, funny, detailed account of ones man’s pursuit of that "just a little bit further" attitude any keen hill walker will know all to well.

I loved this book, start to finish, so many books sadly in this genre are comprised with tragedies therefore it was really refreshing to come across one that was the opposite.

I hope anyone who reads this will enjoy it as much as i have.

Well done Mark Horrell you have a new fan in me and thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.

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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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  • Sebastien Jacquemont
  • 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.