Since 2010 Mark Horrell has written what has been described as one of the most credible Everest opinion blogs out there. He writes about trekking and mountaineering from the often silent perspective of the commercial client. For over a decade he has been exploring the world's greater mountain ranges and keeping a diary of his travels. As a writer he strives to do for mountain history what Bill Bryson did for long-distance hiking. Several of his expedition diaries are available as quick reads from the major online bookstores. His first full-length book, Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest, about his ten-year journey from hill walker to Everest climber, was published in November 2015. His favourite mountaineering book is The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E. Bowman.
Not having tried a short diary type book before, and having only read one mountaineering book, I decided to give this a go. I found it light and refreshing. A truthful account of a group of friends enjoying the trials of client climbing. It's not an in-depth search for greater good or one man's journey but more a holiday travelogue, told just as if I had been in the authors place. Great photos too. Recommended.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A slow but easy read and the further i got into the book the more I could not put it down. Although a true story i like the way it's writtem, in diary form, which makes it different. A must for them who likes Mark horrel
As a long established climber, I really enjoyed Marks down to earth and, often funny diary of this guided expedition to climb Manaslu. Great reading about the serious and often painful business of Himalayan climbing in a non technical and honest style of writing. Easy to imagine myself sharing many of the same emotions. As Mark portrays here.. Never really reconsidered nipping down to the pub, to be part of any Himalayan climb ... comical part of the book as it's described here.
This is another fantastic book from Mark Horrell, The spellbinding discription of another highly skilled and professional climb is a triumph. His usual anticipation and discriptions of these magnificent mountains makes you able to picture everything in your head, To me, He is the best " Mountain" writer without dought, The humility he feels as he leaves base camp matches perfectly with the excitment he feels, He brings the hauntingly beautiful Himalays into your home and every page is fascinating, Brilliant, Shelagh,
Another great account of a highly dangerous and uncomfortable climb to one of the worlds highest peaks. Why do they do it, who knows? Anyway crack on, sitting in comfort waiting for the next instalment !
I've read a few of Mark's books and they never disappoint me. Mark gives a really detailed account of the successes and challenges of expeditions and really gives a feeling for what it's like when spending weeks pursuing a major summit. I really like that Mark just gives a genuine account of his expeditions - he doesn't try to make himself sound like a superhero, he just shares a realistic account of how things are. As well as a great mountaineering book, this also captures the humour of like on trek and the characters of the people involved.
As a lifelong armchair climber, I'm amazed I haven't come across Mark Horrell before. He should certainly be better known: he writes in a lively style quite unspoiled by any of the 'fine writing' and philosophical pretensions which mar many other climbing books by better-known authors. You have the impression that he is telling it like it is - sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes amazing, and with a refreshing lack of vanity. For those like me who'll never go on a Himalayan trek, this is definitely the next best thing - I will be looking out for more of his books.
5つ星のうち5.0Mark makes you feel like you are walking beside him.
What I like most about these series of books is that I can totally understand exactly what its like for the author even though I have never set foot in the Himalayas and this is down to Mark Horrells use of description. It can be very in depth so that you see what he see's and feels what he feels. This is another great book. I am working my way through them, not in order, and have enjoyed each one so far. I particularly like this one because you feel success for Mark as it is a more triumphant climb for him. Why would you not download this?
This is my second of Mark's books, and I loved it. For those of us who would love to experience this life it really tells how it is - the dangers, the frustration, the disappointments - and the exhiliration if it everything conspires for the good and it all comes together.
Collected mountaineering and trekking books for years but only just discovered Mark's kindle books. Great value and a really addictive read that tells it as it is without the gloss that often comes with this type of book. Love the web links to Mark's photo collections that help fill in many of the descriptions.