Why did I pick this book?
This book was gifted to me by my sister. Seeing my frequency of going to Himalayas, she wanted to inspire me to climb the seven summits. Well, If I manage to do one, I think I would have served her purpose.
What do I like about the book?
It is a very engaging read about climbing the seven summits. Though technically the book talks about eight summits. The eight summits are
- Mount Everest
- Mount Kilimanjaro
- Vinson Massif
- Mount Elbrus
- Mount Kosciuszko
- Carstensz Pyramid
The book details the plan that one should have for climbing each of the above summit.
Kilimanjaro seems to be the only one surmountable considering my overall fitness levels!
Ideally, I would like to climb all eight.
What is one interesting idea that I learned?
It is not only the climb up which is important, but also the climb down! People have lost lives on their way back after reaching the summit.
It is an expensive endeavour in all sense.
It is not about conquering the summit, but braving one’s own fear.
How long would it take?
Paras or Quotes that I liked
For some it is an excuse to travel around the world; others may have climbed several of the mountains already, then simply decide to finish them off for fun; a few may never have climbed before, become captivated by the seven summits, and then sell their climbing boots after completing them. For everyone it’s a huge challenge which demands determination, commitment, fitness , and risk. Whatever the motivation, the reward is great.
Enjoy Maadi(Have Fun)