- 出版社: Mountain Footsteps Press (2016年2月29日)
- 平装: 410页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 9780993413025
- 条形码: 9780993413025
- 商品尺寸: 13.3 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 467 g
- ASIN: 0993413021
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Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A Hill Walker's Journey to the Top of the World (英语) 平装 – 2016年2月29日
For five 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 over a decade 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 what Bill Bryson did for long-distance hiking. Several of Mark's expedition diaries are available as quick reads from the major online bookstores. His first full-length book, Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest, about his ten-year journey from hill walker to Everest climber, was published in November 2015.
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In a way this is his best effort, because it is longer and covers his entire trekking and climbing history, but it is a bit weaker, it seems to me because the writing seems a little more forced. For example, I became aware that he uses a lot of metaphors, and some of them seemed to fall flat for me. For example, one of the first ones 's "My pack had been about as heavy as Cliff Richard singing Van Halen numbers during a rain break at Wimbledon." Or the next one: while my stomach rumbled like a pair of toddlers sucking milkshake through a pig's intestine." Obviously they are meant to be exaggeration, a classic form of humor since Twain, but some of them fall flat in my opinion, and there may be just a few too many of them. But this was a minor distraction for me, and perhaps because I am, a writer ,myself.
I heartily recommend this book, not just for its own travelogue, mountaineering story telling, but to support the author su that he can climb high and write again.
Climbing books are more difficult to consider. While the topic again may inform us about the surprising quirks and depth of human nature, an incompetent author can ruin the story.
Mr. Horrell sails very close to the wind with his sometimes adolescent humor, but his unrelenting goal to climb Everest honestly is a story to be shared.
I appreciate that Horrell eschews the pretense of alpine style and unapologetically embraces commercial mountaineering as a practical means to an end. He is a new breed of mountaineer and his voice is large in the tight knit climbing community. I look forward to hearing more of it.