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I am a lover of all things outdoors and occasional chaser of big mountains. My home is in the Southern Appalachians where I channel the energy of what was once the tallest chain of peaks on this earth.
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on Jan. 19, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book. It's an honest, heartfelt and genuine account of an expedition that went wrong, and a great tribute to the three Iranian mountaineers who lost their lives on Broad Peak in the Pakistan Karakoram in 2013.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2013 :
Reading this book put me there in the cold, oxygen depleted air, hanging onto a 75 degree slope of ice....or I could feel my feet slip frozen gravel while I looked straight down a 3,000 foot drop... or I could feel the bitter cold and could hear the tent seams stretching from the force of wind high on the mountain as I stuck my head out of "Old Yeller"... or I could feel my Iranian friends and climbing partners slapping me on the back after dinner... and I could see my Iranian, German, Pakistani, etc., friends dropping everything and rushing to help me in a time of need.....and.......
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2013 :
Let me start by saying that sadly, I am not a big reader...an embarrassing fact that I have tried to break myself of many times...with that being said, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! This was the first book that I have ever read cover to cover in one sitting...absolutely amazing! It had me mentally and physically entwined in this incredible journey. The words painted such an experience that at times I actually felt cold when they were cold, smiling when they were laughing, frightened when they were in danger and in tears with each seemingly endless loss. My heart still morns for the tragedies suffered. I can only say that I pray for the fallen and their families and thank John for sharing so eloquently a true story of modern day explorers.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)