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!
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.
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.
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.
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.