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**THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER**
'An inspirational study in leadership and a powerful testament to the human spirit at its very best.'- Mail on Sunday
'The energy of the book gives it pace and you whip through, rather as Purja nips up verticals... Whether or not you are a lover of the mountains, you will marvel at his tenacity, his fearlessness. No one can fail to be inspired by what he achieved.' - The Times
'Not only does Nims have exceptional physical stamina, he's also a leader with great skills in financial management and logistics.' - Reinhold Messner, the first person to climb all fourteen highest mountains in the world
'The magnitude of his achievement is astonishing.' Soldier Magazine
'A Living Legend.' Trail Magazine
Welcome to The Death Zone.
Fourteen mountains on Earth tower over 8,000 metres above sea level, an altitude where the brain and body withers and dies. Until recently, the world record for climbing them all stood at nearly eight years.
So I announced I was summiting them in under seven months.
People laughed. They told me I was crazy, even though I'd sharpened my climbing skills on the brutal Himalayan peaks of Everest and Dhaulagiri. But I possessed more than enough belief, strength and resilience to nail the job, having taken down enemy gunmen and terrorist bomb makers while serving with the Gurkhas and the UK Special Forces.
Throughout 2019, I came alive in the death zone. Soon after, I was showing the world a new truth: that with bravery and enough heart and drive, the impossible was possible...
- ASIN : B0876Q55LQ
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (12 November 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 10146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 97,788 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The accomplishments are clearly phenomenal as you'll likely know, but as a book I found it lacking in scope.
There is little technical detail of the mountaineering. The entire ascent of one peak (Manaslu) is written as follows: "I climbed to the very top and made my point". Earlier peaks have more words given to them, but the latter ones are largely give far too little justice and there is little interesting content here. Throughout there's interestingly little sense of the awe inspiring landscape conveyed.
The book is too brief when you consider the monumental story and written too simply. If Nims and the publishers had taken more time rather than rushing it out I think it could have been much improved. This is perhaps why the content decreases as the journey progresses.
There are rare moments of introspection when the overwhelming self belief drops away and he opens up about a mistake, for example a fall when unclipping on Nanga Parbat but this scope of openness isn't there enough. It is only when unexpected and unplanned things happen that the book truly comes alive.
The events that transpired on Annapurna, Kanchenjunga are phenomenal to read about and the sense of being there is strong. What happens is remarkable and the strength of Nims and his team is truly incredible.
Talking of his team, he is very proud to highlight and promote the skills of fellow Nepalese climbers and Sherpas which is great to see. Their own stories would be interesting to put down on paper for a more rounded account of some of the amazing ascents and descents and how they found the experience. Some of the team can be found on Instagram etc and are well worth following by the way. Input from them to the book would have been useful I feel.
Throughout following his achievements through social media the non stop positivity and (for want of a better term) self-aggrandisement was totally understandable and a strong thing to see. There was a huge sense of purpose which was obviously important to Nims own confidence and to pull in the financial support necessary.
This same style runs throughout the vast majority of the book and truth be told is over the top and off-putting with the repeated soundbites that an uninformed reader would frankly put down as ego.
What is perhaps most interesting is that these traits are undoubtedly what has enable Nims to be able to achieve all that he has (in and out of mountaineering). With reflection it does prove the power of self belief and self confidence which is Nims' strong message throughout the book. He's the only one to have done this journey and that's clearly what it takes.
Never the less a great achievement by the author and some people may be inspired by the content.
Not content with that, he moved on to the next challenge, and on 16 January 2021, Nims led a team of Sherpa climbers to the first ever winter ascent of K2!
Just blown away by this man who came from the most humble of beginnings in a small village in Nepal. I think a BBC documentary should be made about his life.
Really hoping that Nims writes another book about his K2 ascent and this time includes more detail about the scenery, weather and food.