Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest  -     By: Brian Dickinson
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Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

Tyndale House / 2014 / Hardcover

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Former Navy rescue swimmer Dickinson had just scaled Mount Everest when his vision blurred. Learn how his faith helped him survive the harrowing descent---oxygen-starved, snow-blind, and alone! 304 pages, hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 34
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391706
ISBN-13: 9781414391700
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Alone and blind at 29,000 feet!
Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 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 29,035 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.

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  1. Nevada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Blind Descent
    September 16, 2014
    western17
    Nevada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I thought this book was very good, as I loved to hike in the Colorado Rockies....but I wouldn't go as far as climbing Mt. Everest. The highest I ever climbed was 13,000....and when his base camp was at 17,000 I was saying "Woe!" The writer kept me turning the pages. The only thing I didn't like was how he addressed those who were killed on the mountain, as their bodies being "stashed" away. I would have used another description like "hidden" or "rested." Stashed sounds hard. I didn't mind his Navy stories at all, as they helped describe how he felt during each situation, and how his training helped him. Loved the photos! Wish he had more!
  2. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Blind Descent
    August 9, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Blind Descent is so inspiring and so full of faith. I found it interesting with the author's descriptions of the villages he visited and of Mount Everest itself. I did get slightly tired of the repetitiveness of him explaining his military training. But it is a great book to read about a true story of determination, will and faith.

    4 stars.
  3. Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Different Read
    July 9, 2014
    McGuiremama
    Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed the basic storyline. I'm not a climber, and have never climbed. But, he writes the story in such a way that anyone can understand the complexities involved in training and doing such extreme climbs. This also helps to lay the framework for how difficult the descent down Mt. Everest was when he was blind. The only thing I would have liked different is a more detail on the preparation work to be ready for something like this. But, overall, it was a satisfying and interesting read--a little outside of my normal bounds.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 5, 2014
    Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first start reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not. It was a well-written and compelling story. I especially liked the format he used in telling the story. A lot of authors, when penning their memoirs, will begin the story of the most compelling part or experience and then backtrack and tell their entire life story until that point. While those books are still enjoyable, I really enjoyed the way Mr. Dickinson weaved his background throughout the Mt. Everest climbing story. What an experience he had and what a testimony as well. One criticism that I have is that while he does explain a few of the terms and procedures of mountain climbing, he doesn't explain all. And for someone like me, who has little to no experiences with these terms and procedures, doesn't understand everything that he describes. With that said, it took nothing away from his incredible story and imagery of the climbing of Mt. Everest.
  5. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Summer Read
    June 25, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brian Dickinson's Blind Descent is a tale of suspense. Brian Dickinson is a former Navy Seal rescue swimmer and has always enjoyed adventure, which is why he decided to climb Mount Everest. However, trouble occurs about 1,000 ft. from the top of the mountain in an area that is called the "Death Zone". His Sherpa guide became sick and turned back leaving Dickinson to wrestle with the decision of turning back or continuing on his own. After he looked at his options and the pros/cons of each of them, he decided to climb the rest of the way alone and hours later, he reached the top. However, his success was short-lived when he started to experience some unsettling symptoms that rendered him almost blind and struggling for oxygen. The author was reduced to relying on his Navy Seal training to get him down the mountain as well as his faith in God as he slowly inched his way down to safety. I thought this was a great read because not only was it packed full of suspense and dread, but it also gave me a glimpse of just how great God is. The author was in a horrible situation and so many things could have gone wrong and should have, but instead of panicking like most would, the author trusted God to bring him safely down and He did. It is amazing how God works in people's lives if we just take the time to notice it and I saw an example of this when I read this book.
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