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The 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, make the st
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Lyons Press (first published 2001)
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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
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
Wow. This was a fascinating insight into the nitty-gritty of mountain climbing--what's really involved and how they suffer. I have even more respect now for people who have even attempted Everest, let alone summitted. Also, I like Bear Grylls even more now, if possible, after reading this book.
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.
Jeff Mikules
Sep 17, 2014 Jeff Mikules rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
READ THIS. Love mountains? Don't love mountains? I DON"T CARE. This is a great sorta autobiography sorta story thing that differs from anything I've ever read. It's hilarious and intriguing, this just fueled my lust for the hills. I WILL CLIMB EVEREST. Anyway, this book was an easy read and one of the best mountaineering books I've ever read.
May 15, 2008 Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 5 of 5 stars
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
Lauren Ditmar
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
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
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
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
Shawna Fuller
this was a great, fast read! I've read a lot of books on Everest, and this is one of the most well-written and engaging ones I've encountered. Had never heard of this guy until after i started reading and someone told me about a TV show he does.
Jo and Hali
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
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
Andrea Raisfeld
I'll read anything in which man (or young man in this case) pits him/herself against the worst Nature can dish out.
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
Great read.. His achievements at 23 were remarkable and set the stage for years to come.
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
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
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
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.
A great inspiring book that wouldn't allow me to put it down. A young Bear Grylls has written a fascinating recount of his Everest summit, that made me feel I was on the mountain with him.

A favourite book of mine that has inspired me to read more novels on the wonder they call Everest..

A must read
Not a bad book, if you happen to like literature in the "I suffered untold misery schepping my butt up the highest mountain in the world and almost got myself killed for the sake of a dream" genre. Grylls is no John Krackauer, and his story is not nearly as gripping as the events that took place on Everest in May of 1996. But If you can push through the first few tedious chapters about him scraping up the money to get himself on the mountain, it's a fairly interesting story.
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.
Davy and I enjoyed this book about summiting Everest by a now-famous Bear Grylls. Because the book often centers around setbacks, obstacles, and very real fears of not reaching the summit, I wish the title had not been so obvious. Not much tension created in knowing Bear makes it! This book was more meaningful for us because in the course of reading it, we saw on the news details of the K2 climbing tragedy and it certainly made Bear's experiece much more real.
I really enjoyed this book. You get a good insight into the human known as bear grylls, not the t.v. Host. He writes about his failures and triumphs while training and climbing Everest.
Dec 31, 2007 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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.
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 ;)
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