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Only one in four people who attempt Everest are successful, and of those few the majority are over 30. Bear Grylls overcame the extreme weather conditions and months of limited sleep, and reached the summit at the age of 23, becoming the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest.
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Bear Grylls was brought up on the Isle of Wight where he learnt to climb with his father. He spent three years in the British Army and then went on to study Spanish at Birkbeck College, London University. He is a martial arts expert and now writes and lectures all over the world on his experiences. His latest adventure was to complete a round Britain jet ski challenge for charity (August 2000), the launch of which was shown on the Big Breakfast. He lives with his wife Shara on a boat on the Thames.From AudioFile:
The youngest Briton ever to reach the summit of Everest and return safely tells his story. Replete with graphic details of life at 20,000-plus feet, Grylls's account also shows his spiritual side. An Everest climb yields plenty of downtime for meditation, and the young trekker mixes hiking anecdotes and scripture. Whether a farmer's son would speak in Julian Rhind-Tutt's upperclass diction is questionable, but the narration is clear, well-paced, and sincere. It's easy to believe that the speaker is tired, homesick, thrilled, frightened, and reverential by turns. There are plenty of brushes with death, well-foreshadowed by author and reader, but we know from the beginning that he survives. In this case, it's the journey, not the arrival, that counts. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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