Mount Everest: Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger

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A true story, warts and all, of what really happened to ad exec and amateur climber Kevin Flynn during his days at the top of the world. In May 2004, Flynn reached the summit of Mt. Everest--but not without tears, laughter, failures, near-death experiences and great friendships. If you'sve ever wondered what it would be like for a mere mortal to attempt Mt. Everest, this book is as close as it gets.

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Flynn, a PR professional and self-described amateur, "late bloomer" climber, with sportswriter Fallesen, delivers a sprightly, entertaining look at his adventures and misadventures along the road to his climbing Mt. Everest at age 47. Flynn covers his two attempts, but his first, unsuccessful effort makes up the more appealing half of the book. He is blunt about the "selfish" aspects of a climber's life, as well as its dangerous charms: "Here's our dirty little secret—If no one ever died on Everest, it would not be as big a deal to climb it." His forthright admission that he was "emotionally and mentally unprepared to get to the top" underscores the importance of what he finally does learn, from the value of proper pre-climb weight and cardiovascular training to the practice of "little things" such as keeping feet free of blisters. Most significantly, Flynn doesn't try to romanticize the hard reality of climbing and what it actually felt like as he achieved his dream: he admits that he experienced "[n]o joy whatsoever" at finally reaching the summit of Everest, just "a profound sense of relief that I could now turn around and go down." Photos. (Mar. 15)
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