Within Reach: My Everest Story

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Dutton Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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Two years ago, every media giant from ESPN to Good Morning America scrambled to document the inspirational true story of fifteen-year-old Mark Pfetzer, the youngest climber ever to attempt the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest and most coveted peak. Now, as Mark prepares to embark on yet another record-breaking feat -- to become the youngest ever to lead an Everest expedition -- he shares his extraordinary personal story.Like Jon Krakauer's best-seller Into Thin Air, an account of another climbing party on the mountain at the time, Mark's personal saga is filled with both triumphs and setbacks. Details of his fascinating and careful preparations as well as a moment-by-moment account of the climbs are included in a suspenseful and fast-paced first-person narrative. Readers will marvel at Mark's determination through high-altitude and ice training as well as the arduous daily workouts; they'll sympathize with his fatigue as he carries nearly twenty extra pounds of schoolbooks to Advanced Base Camp. They'll also feel the adrenaline pumping when they accompany Mark past the ever-shifting Khumbu Icefall, over three-hundred-foot crevasses, and up into the high-altitude "Death Zone." When his father is stricken with cancer back home, Mark's story also becomes an eloquent testimony to the unbreakable bond between father and son.

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User Review  - kgd7966 - Overstock.com

I enjoyed this book and hope to use it in either a middle school English or high school English as a Second Language unit next year. Wish Id had it when I studenttaught ESL this past semester! Read full review

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User Review  - kpickett - LibraryThing

I was a big fan of Into Thin Air and this happens at the same time as that story. The story is mostly an autobiography of a 16-year-old who attempts the Everest summit. Great for anyone who likes outdoor sports and adventure! Read full review


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Pfetzer holds several world records for high altitude climbing.

Galvin is a well-known sportswriter and columnist who has written feature articles for many newspapers and magazines.

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