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  • Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest

  • A Hill Walker's Journey to the Top of the World
  • By: Mark Horrell
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest

By: Mark Horrell
Narrated by: Philip Battley
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Summary

As he teetered on a narrow rock ledge, a yak's bellow short of the stratosphere, with a rubber mask strapped to his face, a pair of mittens the size of a sea lion's flippers, and a drop of two kilometres below him, it's fair to say Mark Horrell wasn't entirely happy with the situation he found himself in.

He had been an ordinary hiker who had only read books about mountaineering. When he signed up for an organized trek in Nepal with a group of elderly ladies, little did he know that ten years later he would be attempting to climb the world's highest mountain.

But as he traveled across the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and East Africa, following in the footsteps of the pioneers, he dreamed up a seven-point plan to gain the skills and experience which could turn a wild idea into reality.

Funny, incisive, and heartfelt, his journey provides a refreshingly honest portrait of the joys and torments of a modern-day Everest climber.

©2015, 2020 Mark Horrell (P)2020 Mark Horrell

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Funny and educational

A great listen. Really enjoyed this one Mark tells a great, interesting and humorous story of his steps along the way to reaching my ultimate goal.
Debunked a lot of myths as well.

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Entertaining book for adventurers

Having been to some of the places described in the book I found it very interesting and enjoyable to relive. The narration really helps sell the experience, and during the times of the pandemic, sitting in the garden with my eyes shut listening took me back to Nepal. I just hope I can get back there again one day. I would recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in hiking, mountains and travel. When you cant get out adventuring, the next best thing is listening to a fascinating story like this.

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thank you

thank you for sharing the story of your journey with us mark I enjoyed every minute of listening to it on audible. very inspiring

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simply brilliant

and engaging and interesting listen. well written, humourous and inspiring! if you need the motivation to get off your backside and try something this will surely help.

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A joy to listen to

This book was a joy and to follow the journey of Mark from Snowdon through to Everest in great detail was excellent.. it’s made me want to return to Nepal again very soon

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A frank and honest story

The narrator does a great job portraying the authors humour. An inspirational story that made me go for a weekend hill walk

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My dream

Very perfect in every way, really enjoyed this book.
One day I’ll be the highest man in the world to.

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Everest at it’s best

The narrative set out from the very beginning was engaging and “can you climb Everest’?
Subtle historic events filled with stories and antidotes keeps you poised and turning the page. Not a big book reader myself, however this was a book I did not want to put down.
Thank you Mark Horrell for your story.

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stunning perfect awesome great in-depth information would listen again soon. big smile on my face

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Very relatable

Mountaineering books are most often written by superstars of the climbing world or professional adventurers. This one is different, it tells the story from an everyman perspective - a guy that started from simple hillwalking and ended up on top of Everest. The author took a commercial expedition route to achieve this, which again makes it very relatable. If me or you wanted to do something like this (provided we had the guts and stamina required) this is how we would most likely do it.
I really liked author's attitude to climbing - lets take it as far as we can while still enjoying it. No pressure to get "the result", no going beyond what's individually possible to prove a point. In this case it worked out so well done for taking it to the top. Many people with a similar dream will not be able to achieve it even if they did everything in their power to do so. And that's ok too. Only go as far as you can still enjoy it and come back alive. 100% agree with the observations in the epilogue.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

Great sense of humor and appreciate the realism vs sensationalism often seen in books that include Everest. Really interesting perspective on the journey from hiking to climbing.

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  • Sebastien Jacquemont
  • 09-09-20

Great perspective on big mountains from an amateur

Very funny, and extremely helpful for anyone considering hiigh altitude trips or making a change in their lives.