I love reading auto-biographical accounts from amazing people, and so was pleased when someone lent me Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest by Bear Grylls.
The book is written in an easy narrative, with the writing style encouraging you to read on – I read the book (all 283 pages) in under 48 hours because I found it so compelling. I found it hard to believe that only 2 years after breaking his back in a parachuting accident, he is climbing up Mount Everest. The book takes you through the ups and downs of the expedition and pulls few punches. It does not glamourise mountaineering but gives some insight to the dangers/pitfalls & sacrifices those people face in achieving their goal of getting to the top of Everest. This book gives a marvellous insight into how incredibily hostile an environment awaits any prospective Everest climber. From the perils of hidden crevasses to the appalling lack of sanitation, Bear paints a vivid picture of life at altitudes that would be fatal to most.
Always a modest man, Bear speaks from the heart throughout, constantly acknowledging the support of those who helped him attain his childhood dream of standing on the world’s highest point. Throughout the book are references to his faith and the way that God sustained him in this challenge.
If you haven’t read this do get a copy of the book – it’s an amazing read.