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Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers: On the 8,000m peak circus in Pakistan

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This is the tale of Mark Horrell’s not-so-nearly ascent of Gasherbrum in Pakistan, of how one man’s boredom and frustration was conquered by a gutsy combination of exhaustion, cowardice, and sheer mountaineering incompetence.

He made not one, not two, but three intrepid assaults, some of which got quite a distance beyond Base Camp, and overcame many perilous circumstances a
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Published 2017 by Mountain Footsteps Press (first published November 26th 2011)
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storia che mi ha tenuta incollata per due giorni sino a che non ho finito il libro, rimango sempre sconvolta quando mi fisso e leggo i libri sull'alpinismo, e confesso che non riesco proprio a capire minimamente come si possano passare due mesi di fila in un campo base a -15 gradi fissi e tentare piu' volte avanti e indietro la scalata nell'ordine di far abituare il corpo all'altitudine pazzesca di 5000 metri e poi sempre piu'.
La storia e' ricca di descrizioni e avvenimenti ma povera purtroppo d
Mark has plenty to get annoyed about on this long and frustrating trek and climb in Pakistan. First he is annoyed at the behaviour of the porters, refusing to walk in a little bit of snowfall and forcing him off the trail every time they want to pass instead of just overtaking. Then there are a series of thefts from the high camps, liars claiming to have made the summit when everyone knows they didn't and a lot of climbers littering through sheer lazyness.

There is an interesting debate over who
Vicky Coughlan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humorous and poignant at times descriptions of the daily life of a climber while waiting for the weather to be just right for the climb. A refreshingly view on mountain climbing warts and all. Really liked this book.
Much like Mark's trip, this journal starts well and then slows somewhat, as the team is trapped in Base Camp awaiting a weather window to attempt a summit of Gasherbrum I or II -- a window that looks less likely to arrive with every day. As time passes and the collection of odd characters at Base Camp gets more restless, however, strange things start to happen and the pace picks up. Mark's prose captures the events and people on the moutains very economically, and the diary format gives it an en ...more
David Volkin
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and insightful.

I used to walk up hills when I was younger. Less often now. Yet I still love to watch movies or read stories of those who do those things I will never be able to do. This book really brings a human perspective to the realities of climbing with good doses of humor mixed in. It was enjoyable from cover to cover and it makes me want to watch the Everest movie again. : )
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is written diary style, but I like it that way. A great insight on day to day life while attempting 8000 meter peaks. Comical, Somber, and interesting in my honest opinion.
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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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