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The Turquoise Mountain: Brian Blessed on Everest

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From the age of seven, when he read about George Mallory's 1924 ascent of Everest in his Hotspur comic, Brian Blessed dreamed of following in Mallory's footsteps. At the age of fifty-three, accompanied by a camera crew, he realized that dream. Wearing the same type of clothing as Mallory, and without oxygen, Blessed reached 26,3000 feet - 2,000 feet below the summit - and ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1991)
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Brian Blessed is well-known to U.K. denizens, perhaps not so much in the States. He is an actor who also happens to be a delighful storyteller. For him, life seems to be an adventure, and he makes the most of it. There are many books written about Mount Everest, but this one is unique, because the reader keeps pulling for Brian to make it to the top. His travails in trying to set up the documentary about his expedition is well-chronicled here, so but so is his actual climbing.

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Blessed's enthusiasm comes off the page and you can hear his booming voice telling the story. It took time to get into the narrative as he does get stuck telling of the failure in getting things off the ground but it is integral to the story. The best bit apart from his reaching of 24,750 ft has to be his description of getting the 'shits' on Everest, very funny.
The Great Blessed's first visit to the world's highest mountain. Despite a revolution in Nepal, bureaucratic wrangles and violent stomach cramps, he made it to 25,400 feet, aged 53, without oxygen. A thrilling and life-affirming read.
This seemed to be a lot more about planning the expedition itself and getting there, and not enough about the climb. I was a bit disappointed by this one. Not the best mountain book I've read.
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