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

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,420 ratings  ·  134 reviews
In 1996, a twenty-three-year-old soldier in the British Army was flying over an African desert on a routine parachute jump. He had a lot to look forward to-a long career ahead of him in the army, a beautiful girlfriend back home. But those dreams were cut short when his parachute failed to open at eleven thousand feet. He had cracked three vertebrae and come within a fract ...more
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Published February 15th 2019 by Lyons Press (first published 2001)
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May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My good friend Payton B. loaned me this book. It is not really my type of adventure writing -- a page-turner fueled mostly by action, not so much by the "why's" or philosophical/ecological takeaways of the journey -- but the last fifty pages or so made it all worthwhile. Obviously, he climbs Everest and lives to tell the tale.

Toward the end, Bear tells us what sort of person it takes to be a mountaineer: "truthful, distinguished and modest" with "faith in themselves, great determination and end
RJ Esz
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read from Bear's POV on his journey to the summit... like he said you don't conquer Everest,
She lets you stay alive and pass thru her.. loved this book!
Jeff Mikules
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Miller
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several books about Everest expeditions but have learned more about the realities of it in reading this one! Did not know that Grylls is also a writer - and a very good one! Very candid, honest and a real pleasure to read.
Rakshith Kunchum
One of the best books I have read so far. For years to come, I'm sure this book will shape my life; atleast I wish so. I suggest everyone to read this book; I guarantee that everyone will have something to pick up from his book.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising intelligently written, Bear tells a chronological tale of his training and success of climbing Mt Everest. Does not read like the writing of a reality tv personality.
Sarah Scott
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such great writing. I couldn't put this book down.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is as close as I'll ever get to climbing Everest, and that's OK with me! I've read other books about Everest but this was an especially well done first hand account of what it is like.
I'm writing this review a year and half late. Honestly can't remember much about the book. Bear Grylls is cool though so three stars.
Debbie Brown
I had no idea the difficulty of climbing Everest. An amazing adventure!
Edwin B Lowry
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book makes me want to climb Everest!
Shee Tsim Nam
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Not an interesting book. More like a diary of Bear Grylls' pursuance for the Everest.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Payton B
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book a lot because for it was something interesting was almost always happening. The beginning was a little slow but it showed how he raised the money for the expedition and the struggles that he had in his life. Bear Grylls shows extreme determination, to an extremely dangerous extent, and the power of having people that you can trust in your life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a first hand account of climbing Mount Everest.
Corielle Hayley
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 5-star
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 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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

The actual ascent took Bear over ninety days of extre