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Mount Everest: Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger
by Kevin Flynn
A true story, warts and all, of what really happened to ad exec and amateur climber Kevin Flynn during his days at the top of the world. In May 2004, Flynn reached the summit of Mt. Everest--but not without tears, laughter, failures, near-death experiences and great friendships. If you'sve ever wondered what it would be like for a mere mortal to attempt Mt. Everest, this b ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by Martino Flynn/Haystack Press
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Ever read a book and already know how it is going to end but still start to find out the journey anyways? This is the feeling going into Kevin Flynn's Mt Everest Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger. Flynn speaks of how he became enthralled with climbing mountains starting in his backyard in New York. From there he climbed bigger and more dangerous peaks conquering three of the seven summits. In 2002 he decided to go to Nepal to climb Everest. This book describes his journey up the mountain. It ...more
May 27, 2010 Nick rated it liked it
Kevin Flynn, an advertising executive, amateur pilot and mountaineer sets his sites on the mother of all mountains, Everest. In this candid memoir, Flynn recounts his two attempts to climb to the top of the world leaving nothing unstated - "warts and all". If you are in the hunt for a book that gives you an up close and personal first person account of an Everest climb, pick up Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger, you will not be disappointed.
Informative, but by no means dazzling. The prose is matter-of-fact and unadorned, but it's still a pretty cool story. Flynn's pedestrian writing style does lend a sense of realism to the experience, so it feels more like a regular guy telling you about mountain climbing than, because that's exactly what it is.
A fun, yet gripping, read. This book doesn't make the best use of the English language, but you can feel the tension associated with a life risking activity like climbing Mt. Everest. This is just a thoroughly enjoyable read if you like tales of adventure. And I do!
I love this topic, although I am not the least bit interested in climbing Everest. The writer has a great personality and I think that is what I enjoyed the most. It has better pictures than most Everest books and gave me a great visual of the places I have been reading about.
Of the four books I read on Mount Everest, this was by far my favorite. It was filled with a lot of great information on mountaineering and what it takes to be a good climber. I appreciated Kevin Flynn's sense of humor, as many books on Everest are extremely dry and boring.