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Within Reach: My Everest Story

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  558 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
In May 1996 the media scrambled to document the gripping story of sixteen-year-old Mark Pfetzer's expedition to Mount Everest. Not only was he the youngest climber ever to attempt the summit, he also witnessed the tragedy documented in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, in which eight climbers perished in a sudden storm. Within Reach is Mark's extraordinary account of this expe ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Connor H
Apr 18, 2013 Connor H rated it it was amazing
In the story “Within Reach: My Everest Story” by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin, Mark works harder than anyone else to achieve his dream of summiting Mount Everest. He climbs many smaller mountain and exercises every night. He shows how hard work and never giving up can pay off with the support of his mom, dad and the people he meets along his journey through climbing. This book was significant because of the theme and the characters.

The major theme of the text was “Don’t ever give up on your drea
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Mitchell Mendoza Flores
Oct 16, 2015 Mitchell Mendoza Flores rated it liked it
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Garrett Hansen
May 11, 2015 Garrett Hansen rated it liked it
The title of my book is, Within Reach, by Mark Pfetzer. Within Reach covers four years of Mark’s life. Mark is also the main character of the book. The book is about him following his dreams of climbing Everest at such a young age.
On March 5, 1994 Mark made his first trip to Nepal. He was the youngest was the youngest ever to summit the mountain he climbed there. It really got him ready for his next step. On March 30, 1995 Mark left for Everest. He wanted to be the youngest ever, but he failed d
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Jack L
Apr 18, 2013 Jack L rated it really liked it
The book, Within Reach: My Everest Story, by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin, is a book about struggles and never giving up. The main character, Mark, goes through months of tiring and painful struggles that sometimes don’t pay off , but there are times that do have great moments within them. Most of the book is placed in the mountains and at his home. He works hard just to do what he really loves to do, which is to climb. This book is a great read because of its theme and character progression.

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Cooper M
Apr 18, 2013 Cooper M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin, Mark tells his story about climbing the harsh conditions up Everest and training on other mountains. He is faced with a problem of not having enough money and skill to climb Everest. Two things that I found interesting in this book was Mark’s character and how he developed over time and the total theme of this book to never give up on anything.

This book has a great way of showing its total morale of the story whether it
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Marissa
Jan 20, 2015 Marissa rated it it was ok
If you're going to write a book in which one of the biggest draws is supposed to be about surviving a huge storm in which several others died, you should probably do at least that part right.

The main selling point of this book is about Everest '96, but all the reader gets is info about how the author stayed in his tent and it was windy. Ok, I get that you spent the night in your tent, but how about a little more detail about that, about you and your emotional state? And how about doing some res
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Emily10
Jan 07, 2015 Emily10 rated it liked it
The Non-fiction book, My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer is an inspiring novel about an ordinary sixteen year old boy named Mark Pfetzer, along with seven other climbers who summit Mount Everest, one of the tallest mountains in the world. During this book, Mark and his team face a tragic storm, killing other climbers, leaving them worried and upset about what is coming their way. This book is about a teenager over coming an obstical and a dream he has set his mind to, along the way their have been ...more
Nicolem225
Dec 17, 2014 Nicolem225 rated it it was amazing
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Con
Dec 02, 2014 Con added it
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In My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin, Mark Pfeyzer attempts to climb Mt. Everest as a 16 year old. He virtually finds his sponsors, learns how to climb, and finds a team to get on Everest by himself because he wants to be a great mountain climber. When Mark wrote his autobiography he wanted the readers to know that they can do anything if they set their mind to it, but the more important theme was that wanted people to have a loving tight fit family. The author tells the reader se ...more
Matt Gagnon
Nov 20, 2014 Matt Gagnon rated it it was amazing

The book "My Everest Story," written by Mark Pfetzer, is a non-fiction book about a boy who wants to fulfill his dreams of climbing up Mount Everest. It is written in first person's view, climbing and fulfilling his dream throughout the book. In my opinion, it probaby could've been a little more descriptive. It had some description, but not as mush as a good reader would've like.

This story begins in August of 1992. Mark was a twelve year old boy at the time. it took place at the Alton wilderness
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Bradley Debien
Mar 09, 2014 Bradley Debien rated it really liked it
 

My Everest Story was told in first person point of view, Mark the main character wrote this book. Throughout the story Mark will tell you all of his journeys to get to Mt. Everest. One of main ideas in My Everest Story was let nothing stand in your way. He was very tall when he was young and he didn’t really like any other sport. Mark was young when he started to climb, 12 years old. Mark ended up really liking climbing and got really good. Marks dad is fighting cancer and in bad condition. Ma

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Gavin Benvenuto
Sep 26, 2014 Gavin Benvenuto rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was an Ok book. I felt that there could have been a little more excitement to it. However this book was still a great book for me to read. It managed to pull me into it. So, in conclusion, that is why I'm giving it four stars.

This book is an autobiography about a sixteen year old boy named Mark Pfetzer. He had a dream to climb Everest when he was younger than most people who actually climbed it. On the way he trains by climbing many other mountains including the seven su
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Lorenzo
Sep 29, 2015 Lorenzo rated it really liked it
My review of the story is that it is a very good kind of story that has inspiration all over inside the book. The book doesn't have much foreshadowing either but it does make for it because the book is written as a first person so the reader feels more engaged in the reading. The book is about this young teen who is usually bigger than other kids his age and his dream is to climb mt. everest and during the trip he also finds out he is the youngest. During the start of the book it tells how he ha ...more
Christopher Oon
Nov 12, 2015 Christopher Oon rated it really liked it
Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer. This book had a strong meaning throughout. It's taught me that anything could be done in this world. Even though we might think this world is cruel and what not, but there are people in the world willing to help out a child they've never met in order to make him follow his dreams. Throughout this book, Mark is put into situations where he'll have to use his determination and everything that he has learnt in order to survive. If you're around 12 - 1 ...more
Celia
This is a very interesting story of a young boy's determination to climb Mt. Everest. It is not just a thirteen year-old's fantasy, Mark is so focused and willing, that he gives up at least 3 high school years to pursue this quest. It is told as if Mark is keeping a journal, from when he first discovers mountain climbing on a camping trip when he is in the seventh grade. Mark becomes obsessed with climbing, and like any obsessed kid, it becomes his heart's desire to find a way to eventually clim ...more
Madog21
Oct 02, 2014 Madog21 rated it really liked it
I think this was an AMAZING story! I loved it! it was a page turner, yet the pages were very long because you really have to take it all in. Mark really told his story well, and i just felt so happy and great when reading it. I don't know, but when i had to do a project, i wrote 9 paragraphs on this book. This is by a long shot the best non-fiction book i have ever read! 2nd best book after the legend series. And I'm not easy to please with nonfiction books. Im a book worm, but really non-fictio ...more
Vdelv11
Dec 18, 2014 Vdelv11 rated it it was amazing
“My Everest Story” by Mark Pfetzer is a great non fiction book. It is about a 16 year old boy named Mark. Mark and his family help him on his amazing journeys of climbing. He was born and raised in the US, but traveled around the world climbing so of the biggest mountains in the world. His parents made a lot of sacrifices for him throughout the book. Like paying for all of his trips out of the country, his climbing gear, and the trainers to help him become a great climber at a young age. Mark i ...more
Paul Baker
Oct 12, 2011 Paul Baker rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Paul by: Susie Kinsey
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a poorly written young adult non-fiction about a teenager who decides to climb Mount Everest. It is written by the teenager and a ghost writer named Jack Galvin.

The book details how you can get into mountain climbing and that part is good enough, but once Mark Pfetzer actually gets up in the mountains, most of what he has to say is how he is out experiencing life while his classmates are sitting in school and not experiencing life.

I'm not entirely certain that mountain climbing always en
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Laurent
Apr 22, 2012 Laurent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
An interesting young man's tale - but a flawed book

I read this book because it was recommended to me and also due to my interest in mountaineering adventure. Mark Pfetzer has certainly a full and interesting life than many of us would be envious of. He's definitely done some very interesting things and should be extremely proud of his achievements.

It is nice to see someone so young who has the nous and determination to find a goal and go and get it - this should be an inspiration to young people
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Brian Valerio
Mar 08, 2013 Brian Valerio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Within Reach: My Everest Story" by Mark Pfetzer is a interesting book. This book explains the life goal of a boy named Mark Pfetzer. Mark is a fourteen year old that decides to take on a challenge to climb mount Everest. He would be the youngest climber to ever to climb mount Everest. Mark finds out that it isn't as easy as done, he soon learns that he needs to gain sponsors and also experience to for fill the challenge. Mark goes to trips so he would be able to gain experience before ...more
Chris
"Within Reach" is an autbiography of a man named Mark Pfetzer who is a famous mountain climber. His story looked interesting so I decided to read his book. It was one of best non fiction books I have ever read.

What I liked about the book was how passionate Mark Pfetzer was in his writing. You could tell he cared a lot about mountain climbing and his emotions in his writing translated into me enjoying the book. Another thing I liked about the book was the main character Mark. Most of the autobiag
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Iskreads
May 10, 2011 Iskreads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-sims
Imagine you were standing on a 29,000 foot high mountain peak with an ice ax in your hand, and a 40 pound backpack full of climbing equipment on your back, waiting for your chance to climb to a snowy summit on the top of the world. Well that’s how I felt when I read Within Reach; My Everest Story, a very intriguing and fascinating book that follows the journey of a boy as he accomplishes his life-long dream of climbing.

Mark is the reason I loved this book. Not only does he make me see the thin
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Mrs W
Jan 19, 2013 Mrs W rated it really liked it
At thirteen, Mark Pfetzer found a love of rock climbing and quickly developed his skills and conquered higher and higher altitudes. Because of his young age, he was able to find sponsors to fund many of his mountain climbing excursions simply because his summit would set an age record. He attempted Everest twice, and on the second attempt, the day before he was going to summit, he weathered a fierce storm in a tent at 27,000 feet. When the storm subsided, he emerged to the news that the group th ...more
T.J.
Dec 08, 2013 T.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Everest Story by Jack Galvin is a great book with some wonderful features. To understand why the author wrote the book, you must understand a little bit about his background. Jack Galvin is a high school English teacher, and one of his students’ travels intrigued him. That student was Mark, a young kid who dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest. After his travels, Galvin spent a year with Mark writing the biography of his travels. With this, he shared Mark’s travels with the world.
Throughout the bo
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Mariah710
Jan 08, 2013 Mariah710 rated it really liked it
This exiting book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The story was narrated in such a way that I felt sympathy and all these feelings that weren't mine. I thought that there was never a time that I was bored but there were a few times when I felt like he was using the same kind of way to show each mountain he climbed.
The reasons why I loved this book is because even though not a lot of people climb mountains and can relate to his specific dreams, he made it so that he could make you
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Luke D
Apr 19, 2013 Luke D rated it really liked it
In Within Reach, My Everest story By Mark Pfezer and Jack Galvin, Mark is a young climber whose dream it is to summit the great Mt. Everest. The three biggest characters are Mark, and both his parents. The main theme is to never give up and you can achieve most anything. The story is set in Massachusetts, Mt. Everest, Nepal, and South America. Because of the theme of the story, and the unique way of writing the story, Within Reach is a great adventure novel.

The major theme of the book is don’t
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Michael Marie
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Ethan
Dec 01, 2010 Ethan rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade, mp2
Within Reach, by Mark Pfetzer is a great example of a memoir. It is one persons story of a major series of events in his life that make the reader go; "Hmm, what can I do like that?" The book takes you along on Marks magical journey not just climbing mountains, but also everyday struggles that we all have to face.

Mark teaches himself perseverance, determination, will, and the power to push yourself beyond any of your limits. In this book he even said that not all climbers, even on Everest, are p
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Sue Flanagan
Feb 21, 2016 Sue Flanagan rated it liked it
A 16 year old's view of climbing Mt Everest, Kilimanjaro, Cho Oyu and many other of the highest peaks in the world. This diary of a highly motivated teenager who funded these climbs and survived one of the most deadly days on Everest, made for an incredible book that makes me have hope for this generation.
Michael cook
Jan 14, 2013 Michael cook rated it it was amazing
Do you like true stories about dangerous experiences? Then this book would be perfect for you. This book is about a teenager named Mark. Mark loves to climb. He started out climbing rock walls at a gym. As he got better he moved on to small mountains. As he climbed each one he usually set the record for being the youngest to reach the summit. Mark realized that he could do so much more. So for the next 2-4 months he trained non-stop for Mt. Everest. He would run up stairs at a hospital, run 5 mi ...more
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