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Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A hill walker's journey to the top of the world

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As he teetered on a narrow rock ledge a yak's bellow short of the stratosphere, with a rubber mask strapped to his face, a pair of mittens the size of a sealion's flippers, and a drop of two kilometres below him, it's fair to say Mark Horrell wasn't entirely happy with the situation he found himself in.

He was an ordinary hiker who had only read books about mountaineering,
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Published December 1st 2015 by Mountain Footsteps Press
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Elizabeth
Far too many unnecessary similes.
Rachel
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved the author's humour throughout. Thought the time taken to give us the historical and human context of various climbs undertaken by the author, as well as his personal perspective on taking on some incredible mountains made for a great combination and kept me hooked. Would recommend for any hill walking mountain lover - or anyone for that matter! ...more
Natalie
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After spending the last few weeks reading what Horrell refers to as mountaineering "disaster porn", it was refreshing to read something a little lighter. Furthermore, it was wonderful to read about a guy climbing mountains who didn't spring from his mother's womb with an ice axe in hand, which seems to be the case for the protagonists of the more popular mountaineering books. Actually, the degree to which Horrell's journey is one I can relate to made this book an absolute delight to read. In fac ...more
Wes F
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this first-person description my Mark Horrell of his long 10-year journey enabling him to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Starting out as a "hill walker" or day trekker, Horrell never initially envisioned himself standing on the pinnacle peak in all the world. But, step by step, he upped his game, tackling more & more difficult peaks, and gaining the experience, fitness, and knowledge that would allow him to climb up the North Face of Everest, from the Tibetan side. Great to r ...more
Elaine Thompson
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seven steps to Everest

What a book !!! A book that I fancied reading after reading the blurb. At the beginning a thought I'd made a mistake as it was a little slow. As i ventured further into the boom I was hooked and found it compelling reading. It is light hearted in places. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a very detailed account of what really happens and the amount of work needed to achieve a dream\goal, the message all the way through to keep going a d not to give up. To reach your goa!l is
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The Lynchster
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mountains
Factual, Funny, Fascinating

This book details one man's journey both physically and psychologically from climbing the wonder that is our own Snowdon to the highest point on the planet. Laced with facts from the 'firsts' of our era and compassion for the lives and danger of the Nepalese race in general, this book has some proper lol moments and also recommendation for two of the best guided mountain tour operators across the globe (see what I did there!). This is a must-read for us real people wh
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Stacey Cole
Positives - really enjoyable to read about more than one mountain, this book includes chapters on Snowdon, Kili, and the Cordillera Huayhuash, with references to other mountaineering books I’ve read like ‘Touching the Void’.

The history of the first and following ascents of Everest.

An up to date viewpoint on recent disasters and deaths related to Everest.

Negatives - the unnecessary use of about a billion unfunny similes! They littered every paragraph almost and really annoyed me, just no need for
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RiversideReader
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book. Mark Horrell has a light fun touch in his writing making the reader feel as if he were a friend. He also gives us brief historical information on the different mountain treks/climbs he has been on and the colorful people he has met along the way. I feel he is quite honest in his assessment of his own and others achievements. This is not "disaster porn" but a well written adventure book. I look forward to reading more by this author and I do follow his blog. ...more
Marylin Tierney
I enjoyed reading this book as I’m always intrigued by folks who make it their life’s goal to climb Mt. Everest. But this book was so much more then an Everest story. It’s extremely detailed as to the how, why and where of mountain trekking and mountain climbing. I think this could also be the first book where tall inanimate objects have become characters in someone’s story. If reading about climbing mountains at 8000 meters is interesting to you...this is your book.
Edward Janes
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a largely former walker and got as far as between Step 2 (high altitude walking) and Step 3 (high altitude summits). If you can get past a few terrible jokes this is a really interesting read about how someone went from being scared of heights on Snowdon to climbing the highest mountain in the world. ...more
James Michael
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book as you really gain a sense of Marks totality of his adventures to this point. It is an honest view from the perspective of a client of commercial expeditions all around the world and it has inspired me to do this myself one day. I will continue to enjoy reading his adventures for many years to come!
Saurabh Shekatkar
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sort of culmination of the various other books which Mark has written over the years and is the first in terms of an actual 'book', rather than an edition of diaries.
It is definitely a treat for people who are interested in this topic.
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Marla
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
darren murray
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational!

Insightful and inspiring book by a funny and down to earth guy. I felt part of his journey reading this book, and it has inspired me to start a journey of my own.
Steve Price
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb

Full of humour, drama, and of course mountains.
I know I'll never climb Everest but this book has inspired me to pursue my own goals.
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Bradley A Howard
Loved every word of the book.

Easy to read and totally inspirational.
It's a book about how the guy next door climbed Everest without military training or a film crew.
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Dean
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellaneous
In my opioion, the first half of the book he puts in too much history on the climbs of the mountains. Later on the book is more engaging when reading about his own experiences.
Dominic Forbes
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Always happy to read a book by someone from Hull. I found this an enjoyable account of a journey from minor hills to Everest. Inspiring and educational.
Laura  (Reading is a Doing Word)
I enjoyed this account of the author's realised ambition of climbing Everest. At times the mountain centric descriptions and history made it a slowish read, albeit interesting. ...more
Readerjems
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Took me a while to get into the writing style and humour but once involved I enjoyed the book.
Emin Baki
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warm and inspirational story of mountaineer that once was hillwaker. Steps defined in the book sets you up for a journey that might be applicable anyone with ambition to climb Everest!
Kieran
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was our Kindle read in the tent over the last few years, very much enjoyed reading this adventure on our own adventures!
Val Robson
This is a great reference book for learning about amazing climbs in all the major climbing areas of the world going back to the 19th century.

Mark's story was also interesting but I kept missing it as I was skipping a lot of the historical information about previous climbs and expeditions. Some of that is interesting but there was just so much detail that I couldn't take it all in and it was detracting from the story I wanted to read.

The above was hard enough but the constant unnecessary use of
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Kat
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have walked up Snowdon numerous times, and on a quiet day it’s hard to beat. Thinking of climbing, rock or ice, makes my palms sweat. Just typing that sentence has made my hands go clammy. Hence my intrigue that a walker, perhaps like me, could walk up significantly higher mountains than Snowdon. The relatability of the book makes it a very engaging read.

Mark tells his story of mountaineering from the perspective of a paying client on commercial expeditions, and he tells it well. Perhaps with
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Carl Nelson
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest is Mark Horrell's account of how he caught the summit bug which took him from the gentle peaks of England to the top of the highest mountain in the world. The narrative itself is both practical and interesting, as he relates his path to gain the skills necessary for extreme alpine environments and the lifestyle changes he made to enable extended mountaineering expeditions. The read is light-hearted thanks to Horrell's understated and self-deprecating sense of ...more
Courtney Schafer
I read this after enjoying Horrell’s The Chomolungma Diaries—the latter covers only his guided ascent of Everest, and I was curious to read about his experiences on other guided ascents leading up to the Everest climb. The book certainly delivers on that score, and I continued to enjoy Horrell’s self-deprecating humor and “regular guy” narration. (The flaws of the narration also remain the same: Horrell does well at portraying his own character and thoughts, not so well at memorable portraits of ...more
Claire Wade
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book! I downloaded the Kindle version of the book as I've always been interested in Everest and this book appealed as it also mentioned Snowdon in the title.

It's nice to read a mountaineering book that doesn't focus purely on drama. Although the author does cover some of the terrifying and less palatable aspects of climbing, I came away from the book thinking the author seemed like a normal bloke, instead of a reckless maniac, harbouring a death-wish.

The stories in the book ar
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JoJo
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author can make you really understand what climbing a seriously high mountain can feel like. Unlike so many other climbing books this one is written by someone that you could see yourself being - not en elite athlete, but a human being with a drive to visit the top of the World. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in mountains, hiking and trekking but also to those who just like a jolly good, and humorous read.
Akshata
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mountains
What an unassuming book about a beautiful journey to the top of the world! Mark Horrell details his experiences as a walker in interior Britain who takes on challenge after challenge in his own way to get to the top of Everest. Entertaining, self deprecating and poignant, the casual undertones in this book belie his efforts and hard work to reach his dream. Such a refreshing combination, this!
Eamonn Clarke
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Splendid account of a self confessed hill walker with a fear of heights on the journey that led him from Snowdon to Everest.

Plenty of wit, plenty of history, and plenty of scary moments. Thoroughly engrossing and makes me want to get back out on the mountains.
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For many years Mark Horrell has been writing what has been described as one of the most credible Everest opinion blogs out there. He writes about trekking and mountaineering from the often silent perspective of the commercial client.

For nearly 20 years he has been exploring the world’s greater mountain ranges and keeping a diary of his travels. As a writer he strives to do for mountain history wha
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