#Read Book ⚧ Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest ñ eBook or E-pub free

a true testament of faith and courage to survive Mt Everest A excellent and well written book Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh This book was marketed as a man s blind solo descent of Everest Instead it s a Christian inspiration book masked as a blind solo descent of Everest There sin this book about praying and God and other things I had no desire to read about so please, can dust jackets or back covers give any sort of clue about this Like man blindly descends Everest not thanks to his own resourcefulness but because JESUS HELPED and I d calmly be like cool but no thanks instead o Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh This book was marketed as a man s blind solo descent of Everest Instead it s a Christian inspiration book masked as a blind solo descent of Everest There sin this book about praying and God and other things I had no desire to read about so please, can dust jackets or back covers give any sort of clue about this Like man blindly descends Everest not thanks to his own resourcefulness but because JESUS HELPED and I d calmly be like cool but no thanks instead of having to force myself to finish what I started I have nothing against faith or religion but I d rather not spend my time reading about it in a book that s marketed as something else Also, I would ve beenokay with it had he not made snide little comments throughout mocking some of the Buddhist or Nepalese traditions Like at one point he talks about his sherpa doing something ritualistic and he like, runs off to the side and yells like THERE IS ONE TRUE GOD AND I DO NOT WORSHIP FALSE IDOLS like chill bro He basically mocks the Nepalese guides who carry his shit all over a mountain because they have spiritual religious traditions and then one breath later talks about how reading his bible is the only thing that can get him through this, as if that s not nonsense to people who aren t Christians Hypocrite YouALLHaveNonsenseTraditionsAndRituals ItsLikeTheOneThingCommonToAllFaiths Anyway, that aside, when he talks about the actual experience of Everest, it s not bad Though 87% of this talk is dedicated to every single meal he ate The blind descent aspect makes up less than a chapter, lol, so don t think this is going to be as thrilling or suspenseful as other books about the same topic I think anything about climbing Everest is fascinating but his story is nothing THAT unique or exciting when compared to other crazier Everest stories I was actuallyinterested in his Navy training he mentions the same anecdotes about his survival strategies about 7000 times than in his Everest experience, tbh Again, not the worst thing ever written, but PLEASE market it better #Read Book ⛏ Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest É Alone and blind at , feet Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly , feet from the summit of Mount Everest also known as the death zone when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit alone Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world But the celebration was short lived After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely, and got ready to begin his descent Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind All alone at , feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, his gut instinct, and his faith In Blind Descent, Brian recounts in fantastic detail his extraordinary experience on Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God I know that I will never have the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain in the world or swim the longest river or even visit another planet, but that doesn t mean I don t think about what it must be like When I saw this on sale free a few days ago, I snatched it up The tag line is great Alone and Blind on Everest I m all in Brian is a former Navy rescue swimmer Having been in the Navy myself, I can tell you that not just anyone makes that kind of cut The training is brutal, hardcor I know that I will never have the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain in the world or swim the longest river or even visit another planet, but that doesn t mean I don t think about what it must be like When I saw this on sale free a few days ago, I snatched it up The tag line is great Alone and Blind on Everest I m all in Brian is a former Navy rescue swimmer Having been in the Navy myself, I can tell you that not just anyone makes that kind of cut The training is brutal, hardcore stuff that would make even the most dedicated of Olympic swimmers whimper under the bedsheets So he s a tough bastard He s also into extreme sports and mountaineering He s not reckless in any way He trains hard, treats his body well and doesn t take any unnecessary risks He lives for his family and God After much soul searching, prayer and the blessing of his wife, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime scaling Mount Everest I liked the way Brian wrote his memoir It wasn t too technical, didn t become boring and also wasn t preachy Yes, he believes in God and tries to live a life of faith but it isn t in your face He s respectful of the Sherpa s religious beliefs and doesn t try to convert anyone or downplay their traditions or superstitions He s just a down to earth, outdoorsy guy who loves life and appreciates the world around him.Spoilers ahead you have been warned.Brian and his climbing partner Bill arrive at Everest and spend several weeks climbing to the base camps You cannot simply climb straight up you would die Your body has to acclimate to the altitude slowly Sometimes they will reach a certain altitude and then climb back down several hundred feet The acclimatization is mandatory if you wish to survive Edema swelling of the limbs and brain are your main worries but others like flatulence caught me off guard Apparently farting is a necessary tool climbers use to expel their bodies of carbon dioxide buildup Also at certain altitudes, you have to force your body to exhale because the oxygen content is so thin, your body wants to hoard Kind of like getting the breath knocked out of you you can breathe in but you can t breathe back out I found it fascinating.Eventually Brian and his Sherpa begin the final ascent to Everest s pinnacle The death zone as it s called When Brian s Sherpa takes ill only a short distance from the top, he tells Brian he has faith he can do this alone and so Brian achieves his dream he climbs to the top of the world at 29,029 feet above sea level Little does Brian know though that a small climbing accident he had earlier in the week had severely damaged his climbing goggles by compromising the UV protection At this altitude, the UV rays are 100% stronger than anything you would experience on the ground Just as Brian began to make his descent back to his Sherpa and the trek down the mountain, he becomes snow blind What happens from this point on is a testament to Brian s finely honed skills, determination to see his family and yes his faith in God I cannot imagine being completely blind in any situation, but to be blind and alone with no expectation of rescue at 29,000 feet would be beyond terrifying I don t know that I wouldn t have just sat down and waited to die at this point, but Brian methodically and slowly makes his way back to his Sherpa s camp what should have only taken him 2 hours but ended up being a 7 hour ordeal that literally took him to the brink of death.This is fascinating story that I had a hard time putting down If you are religious person in any sense, there are a few moments that will touch your heart and give you that wow moment so few people ever experience A decent enough adventure story, but he would have benefitted from a professional writer s help ALSO I understand this dude is a serious Christian, but he sounded like a serious jackass when talking about Hinduism and the beliefs of the Nepali people he encountered. God s children are Never alone He says I will never leave you nor forsake you th I s book is a testament to his Word.Great story of faith and determination, and giving God the glory Trust and believe being obedient to the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer.Our GOD IS AWESOME This book tells the story of Brian Dickinson s climb to the top of mount Everest He s also a strong Christian, and he s trusting in the Lord to get him there safely Also he s got a very strong family, a wife and 2 small children that are very supportive of him, and very supportive friends and church family, too He credits his time in the Navy as preparing him for this mountain climb and all he d go through during it This was my first read about people that climb mount Everest I found it ver This book tells the story of Brian Dickinson s climb to the top of mount Everest He s also a strong Christian, and he s trusting in the Lord to get him there safely Also he s got a very strong family, a wife and 2 small children that are very supportive of him, and very supportive friends and church family, too He credits his time in the Navy as preparing him for this mountain climb and all he d go through during it This was my first read about people that climb mount Everest I found it very interesting Brian s faith really touched me, and helped me to ponder my own faith in our Lord I also was very touched by his love for his wife and children It was a great book I d totally recommend it Great reading, and I learned a lot from this book as well I love most Everest books, but this one was just a story about Christian faith, which is something I don t need in any book.Felt like no paragraph went without either the mentioning of God, the author s army training or the tears he sheds because he misses his family Plus I didn t need to hear about him defacating on the top of the Everest and then throwing his business down The actual blind descent took up a very small part of the book and was surprisingly boring actually.This book annoye I love most Everest books, but this one was just a story about Christian faith, which is something I don t need in any book.Felt like no paragraph went without either the mentioning of God, the author s army training or the tears he sheds because he misses his family Plus I didn t need to hear about him defacating on the top of the Everest and then throwing his business down The actual blind descent took up a very small part of the book and was surprisingly boring actually.This book annoyed the hell out of me and I am not recommending this one to anybody Turns out not every climbing of Everest needs to be a book. I m not sure how I want to critique Dickinsons book The story is truly compelling, the writing is ok but after reading the book I can t help but respect his discipline, training and persistence I am certain he wanted to write this book himself and I believe he did and perhaps that is my disappointment with it It could have been a much better book with a littleediting or re writes His story of climbing Mt Everest and becoming snow blind certainly deserves a better book than this I ca I m not sure how I want to critique Dickinsons book The story is truly compelling, the writing is ok but after reading the book I can t help but respect his discipline, training and persistence I am certain he wanted to write this book himself and I believe he did and perhaps that is my disappointment with it It could have been a much better book with a littleediting or re writes His story of climbing Mt Everest and becoming snow blind certainly deserves a better book than this I can t help but think his independence his strength in climbing the mountain became his weakness in writing this book I am likely being too harsh after all I have never tried to write a book and I ve never climbed Everest either I do not wish to discourage Dickinson or anyone who chooses to read his book I really did like the story it just needed better writing