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Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story Of A 23-Year-Old's Summit Of Mt. Everest

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THE KID WHO CLIMBED EVEREST is a tale of courage and determination. Bear's quest for funding for his expedition, his seventy days on Everest's southeast face, and a narrow brush with death after a fall into a crevasse at nineteen thousand feet,
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Lyons Press (first published 2001)
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May 04, 2013 Cami rated it really liked it
Going into this knowing it was written not by a writer but by a man trying to tell his story, I really enjoyed it. There were lots of typos and several boring parts but it is a travel log so those were somewhat expected. I had a small idea of what climbing a mountain entailed but was struck by all the preparations, waiting, and climbing up then back down it takes to acclimate to those remarkable heights. I enjoyed Bear's insights and sense of humor that he's now famous for on Man vs. Wild. I dre ...more
Tom Miller
Jun 25, 2009 Tom Miller rated it it was amazing
I read a lot...and, generally, when I finish one book I turn right around and start a new one. But, every once in a while, I read a book that I enjoy so much I feel I have to take a short break from reading. For me, this is one of those books that other books cannot live up to and, so, I am just reluctant to start anything new because I know I will just be disappointed.

I am a sucker for non-fiction - true stories of people who did something extraordinary. This book is not classic literature - it
Jan 30, 2009 S. rated it liked it
It was good, he puts you right there with him. It was also slightly religious, in a not so in-your-face kind of way. I really enjoyed it.
Andrew Fast
Nov 29, 2016 Andrew Fast rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, cool view of the world (pun intended) of Alpinists and Bear Grylls himself. Exaggerations notwithstanding, I'd still love to meet the guy and I enjoyed his perspective and his unfailing faith both in God and his own Abilities (G0d-given) to succeed. This is a neat combination of 1 seminal adventure and near equal parts auto-biography. Worked well. Great job, Bear.
Ryan Silve
Jan 28, 2017 Ryan Silve rated it liked it
A solid personal memoir on Everest. Lacks the historical insights of Krakauer but Bear is a charismatic writer who fills a story with good humor and relates the experience to his readers well.
Shee Tsim Nam
Oct 23, 2016 Shee Tsim Nam rated it it was ok
Shelves: rating
Not an interesting book. More like a diary of Bear Grylls' pursuance for the Everest.
Oct 27, 2016 Carole rated it it was amazing
Jeff Mikules
Apr 20, 2014 Jeff Mikules rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bear Grylls, climbing, adventure, and achieving one's dream.
When I was younger, in my late teens and early twenties, I never really believed I would climb Everest, but the idea, the fantasy, was certainly there. I imagined being among the elite few, the only one in my social group to do something so amazing. As I grew older, the optimism and dreams of youth faded, and what might have once been a burning desire, an unwavering determination, cooled to barely a flicker, a sad remnant of a larger flame. I soon realized that I would never be able to afford su ...more
Jan 12, 2017 James rated it it was amazing
Excellent. He felt quite humble in this book.
Oct 13, 2016 Corielle rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I love reading books about people doing really, really stupid things -- especially mountain climbing. Mountain climbing fascinates me, because it seems like something I could possibly do (hey, I lift weights, I run, I hike -- how hard could it be?) until I read peoples' accounts and realize 1) it's really cold up there and 2) no way in hell could I do that. I also love Bear Grylls, despite (as my husband continually reminded me while I read this book) the whole thing about his show not being 100 ...more
Peter Knox
Oct 12, 2015 Peter Knox rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Having already read Into Thin Air, I was looking for more Everest books to satisfy the itch the Everest movie adverts were inspiring.

Grylls, long before he had a TV show, is a 23 year old looking for purpose after having broke his back in army training. He signs on to an Everest trip. 2/3 of the book are about the preparation for the trip (the training, the sponsorships, getting there, base camp) and this is unique perspective.

I enjoyed the literal up and down of base camp, climate adjusting, an
May 12, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of Man vs. Wild and mountaineering stories.
I picked up this book rather reluctantly; I enjoy reading about mountaineering and watch Bear's Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel but I was worried that this book would fail to meet the high expectations I have because of that. Fortunately, I found it a satisfying, if quick, read.

The highlight of the book is the absolutely genuine voice Bear writes with (I sincerely hope that this truly is Bear's writing). The writing is simple, metaphors and turns of phrase repeated to the point of frustrat
Mar 28, 2009 Alberto rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I personally really like this book. It is about how Bear started to get an urge about climbing mount Everest. He had just had a parachute accident that had left him with a broken back so climbing Everest was a bigger challenge then normally. He talks about all his training and how almost everyone he went to for sponsorship turned him down and how he almost called of the expedition because of insufficient funds. And then once on the mountain all the challenges he faced and how he had a lot of mom ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bear-grylls
Ok, I know I am biased because I'm a fan of Bear Grylls but this was an excellent book! This was Bear's first book and, even though he is not an author, I felt he did a fantastic job at writing. Bear has always had a dream of climbing Mt. Everest but that dream was shattered in 1996 when Bear suffered a broken back while parachuting. Even though he went through 18 months of agonizing rehabilitation, Bear never lost his that dream. In 1998 he accomplished his the impossible by becoming the younge ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, nonfiction
A very exciting story about Bear Gyllis's trek up the intimidating Mt. Everest to become the youngest Briton ever to reach its summit. The fast paced narrative kept me turning pages like crazy, and even though I knew that he ultimately reached the summit (it's in the title!), I still felt compelled to keep reading because the journey was so exciting. I'm amazed by people with the will and fortitude to endure what seems to be three months of pure torture to achieve this goal. Sometimes Grylls's r ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have started this book a couple days ago. Anyhow my cover is different from the one showing. This book is very good so far. I am so loving this book, Bear Grylls uses some British whitty humor and some slang but over all he is painting a picture of what it takes to climb Everest and everything that goes along with it from the equipment checks and re-checks, to the food and then sleeping in tents, using the bathroom ( or where ever you can). Anyhow I am enjoying this alot. I was almost finished ...more
Lauren Ditmar
Feb 28, 2013 Lauren Ditmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Bear will recognize and appreciate his simple, honest, decidedly UK voicing, as well as the maturity and quiet strength that only come from enduring a challenge like Everest. I've never read a book about climbing before this one, and I was fascinated by his accounts of the logistics of a summit bid - from acclimating to the altitude, to how they handle urination, and why they call it the Death Zone. It was very informative for a novice who wonders about these things. I find myself inspir ...more
I have read several personal accounts of Everest climbs and Bear Grylls' (yes, the one from Man Vs. Wild) is one of the most thought provoking and personal. The story begins with Bear having a near fatal parachuting accident while in the British Army and being literally on bed-rest for several months. Surviving this incident stirs something in his being and the quest for the summit of Everest begins. After figuring out the logistics and funding for this endeavor, Bear and a friend from the Army ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Kenny rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up this book, I knew i was going to go on a long journey (no pun intended). Bear Grylls recounts a journey not many people have ever successfully encountered. He climbed up Mt. Everest! Even more impressive was that he was only 23 years old and he had seriously injured his back from a parachute accident. This story is more than just a story of how he go to the very top of Mt. Everest because it also shows that everyone can accomplish a goal even though the odds are against hi ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Erica rated it did not like it
Wow, who is giving this book 4 stars? It's laughably bad. It is an amazing story, as all Everest summits are, and that's why I read it . But seriously, Grylls is not a writer and he clearly didn't even have an editor. There are typos (I noticed 4), and the story is repetitive and immature. It's like an essay from a high school student. Towards the end I was laughing out loud from the same phrases repeated over and over again, from his lack of ability to build to the major climax, and from the ve ...more
Jo and Hali
May 21, 2011 Jo and Hali rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jos-shelf
I had intended to read a different book first and then sink into this one. However, I never stood a chance of putting this one down, once I got into it. Bear Grylls manages to write in such a way as to keep us intrigued even when the outcome is known. His firsthand experience reads as easily as if he is sitting across the table telling the story from memory. I enjoyed the interspersing of diary entries and accounts from others on the expedition that were able to fill in the blanks. The story lea ...more
Ryan Freeman
This is a riveting tail of perseverance and grit. In Bear Grylls autobiography, he beautifully describes the landscape of the tallest mountain in the world as he climbs it. I enjoyed this book throughly in that it is both exciting and relaxing to read. There are times in the book where you think he may fail, however he overcomes these doubts. It is also a cool book in that he discusses not just the mountain he climbs but the people he climbs with and the relationships he developed with others, t ...more
Sep 19, 2010 Smith rated it it was amazing
A fine first hand account of Bear Gryll's climb of Everest in 1998 at the age of 23. I have read other accounts of Everest climbs but I learned a lot from this one. Among other things he explained why Everest can only be climbed a few days each year (air currents at the summit are usually 200 mph, in April/May the monsoons cause it to lift), he explains how supplemental oxygen works (it is not breathed directly and it is in small dosages), and what climbing on ice is like and the details of camp ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Xanthi rated it it was ok
On one hand, I liked this book, as it was very honest with all the physical hardships, illnesses and misery involved with the climb. It wasn't about aggrandizing and glorifying the effort. There is definitely a humbleness to the author's story.
On the other hand, the author's constant talk of God just got a little too much for me. There was a lot of references made to God and the author's faith, throughout this book and it really started to grate on the nerves - so much so, that it pretty much s
Jen Smith
Aug 16, 2015 Jen Smith rated it it was amazing
I've always been weirdly drawn to stories of people who risk it all to conquer these mountainous giants (Into Thin Air, the cheeseball high octane movie Vertical Limit) and have been quasi obsessed with Bear Grylls since Man vs. Wild first appeared on my TV. When I found out this book existed I immediately put in the request to the library. I had no idea about any of it. What a crazy life and experience. My respect and admiration has grown from reading this and I find myself inspired to go take ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Amber rated it liked it
I learned alot about what it takes to climb Everest that I hadn't realized before. Bear Grylls has a very relaxed writing style that makes it fun to read but there were some major editing mistakes.

There is a lot of talk about going to the bathroom, but I guess that would be a major factor of living on a mountain for three months. I am impressed by the strength and courage that the hikers have, whether they made it to the summit or not. Sometimes the most courageous thing is knowing when to turn
Nov 13, 2007 Liahni rated it liked it
Inspiring story and Bear Grylls is a captivating man. He's an adventurer and explorer - not a writer. So, don't read this book if you expect literary greatness. Oh, also don't read this book if you can't handle reading about bathroom and hygenine issues in the great outdoors.

Bear's account of ascending Mt. Everest opens your eyes to another world, and wonder why individuals would take such risks to climb a mountain. I don't get the drive, but I appreciate the efforts of those who do.
Nov 15, 2007 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: travel
Blah. It was too easy to read. I felt like I was reading the essay of a first year college student's journal writing project - typos and all. The premise was that he was only 23 and the youngest Brit to climb Everest. That issue was only brought up a couple of times. Now that I think about it, it was written by a young writer. Don't waste your time with this one, there are too many other great accounts of climbing Everest.
Aug 12, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Ok, I get it, he stays in hotels. Whatever. This does not diminish my love for Bear. When he was younger, he climbed Everest, and it's a pretty awesome story. What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact I felt like I got to go through the rigor and turmoil of what it's like to actually go up the mountain - day by day. I had no idea what went into planning and executing such an incredible journey. Plus, he's so cute ;)
Feb 02, 2009 Dustin rated it it was amazing
This book is more than just climbing Everest.( For a pure Everest book see “into thin air.”) This book is a story about how to persevere when bad things happen. Most people know Bear Grylls from “Man vs. Wild” on the Discovery Channel. What they do not know is his back story. An average guy, who nearly was paralyzed for the rest of his life due to a parachute accident with British Special Forces, attempts to fulfill a childhood dream through determination and some luck.
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Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, and for every ten mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die. Yet at 7:22AM on May 26th 1998, Bear Grylls entered The Guinness Book of Records as the youngest, and one of only around thirty, British climbers to have successfully climbed Everest and returned alive. He was only 23 years old.

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