Facing Up: A remarkable journey to the summit of Everest

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Pan Macmillan UK, May 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
3 Reviews

'No one could fail to be gripped by his heartfelt excitement and emotion over what was the adventure of a lifetime.' Independent

At the age of twenty-three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At extreme altitude youth holds no advantage over experience, and it is generally acknowledged that younger climbers have more difficulty coping with the adverse effects of mountaineering. Nevertheless, only two years after breaking his back in a freefall parachuting accident, Bear Grylls overcame severe weather conditions, fatigue, dehydration and a last minute illness to stand on top of the world's highest mountain.

Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith.


"Bear's tale is by turns, hilarious and horrific." Daily Telegraph

"Written with refreshing humility, this is a briskly told account not of conquering Everest, but of realising its power." Daily Mail

"He writes convincingly of fear and doubt. This is an honest and compelling story." Ranulph Fiennes

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User Review  - dksiemrnfugjt - Overstock.com

aside from being a fantastic story it was very well written articulate and sometimes humorous. the way the story was told was very compelling and easy to read. i felt like he was talking to me the friends talk to each other. it was hard to put down. i read it in a couple days. Read full review

Awesome read for any climber or hiker

User Review  - asugryllsfan - Overstock.com

This book is great it goes from when Bear broke his back in Africa all the way up to the top of Everest. Its great to read what Bear experienced and to actually feel like you are there on Everest with him and his expedition. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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.

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