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This book tells the story of an expedition that took a group of 5 people to try to go from the lowest point on the Earth surface the Dead Sea in Jordan to the highest Mount Everest in Tibet The challenge being that they had to cycle all the way from Jordan to Tibet The first chapters are about the background of the originator of this expedition, Dominic Faulkner and all the planning and preparation of it.Then, than a half of the book is dedicated to tell the anecdotes and stories that happened during the bicycle trip In fairness, Faulkner doesn t really get into details in this set of chapters He just limit himself to relate the myriad of problems they had to deal with along the way Leaving little room to describe things such as places, landscapes, cities, people or for those who might be interested the navigation.Of course, he mentions several key points on the route, but I got the impression that depicting actual problems outweighed the cycling experience as a whole And that left the cycling stretch as a mere small step in the big picture.Once the team gets to Tibet, they are joined by some other friends who were going to play a support role within the climbing stretch Although most of them were experienced, the whole team was relatively small and short on budget compared to some other professional teams in the mountain Later on, that will give us a sense of what they are trying to achieve.Faulkner s account, on how hard to climb the Everest, is a precise and a stark one I had the prejudice that, given the correct equipment, it is relatively easy to reach the summit Nothing further from truth It is quite shocking to see how death is very present on Everest, still nowadays And, as he and his team struggles to organize and overcome hurdles you realize the truly dimension of the endeavor.All in all, a very good book to read, which gets and interesting as the pages go by. (((FREE BOOK))) ↚ The Longest Climb ⇹ The Longest Climb Is The Utterly Compelling Account Of Dominic And His Team S Expedition From The Dead Sea To The Peak Of Everest His Team EverestMax Were The First Ever To Make This Extraordinary Journey Following An Old Victorian Route, Dominic Cycled Through Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan And India On His Way To Tibet And The Bottom Of The World S Highest MountainFrom Trying To Find A Wireless Connection In Damascus And Setting Fire To The Team S Support Vehicle In Order To Thaw The Engine In Iran, To Deciding Whether Or Not To Share The Little Oxygen They Had And Risk Their Own Lives In Order To Try To Save Another Climber, And Beating Their Austrian Nemesis Gerry Winkler To The Top, The Longest Climb Is A High Octane Combination Of The Huge Personal Risk, Fascinating Cultural Insight, And Momentary Farce That Make Up A Major ExpeditionBut The Longest Climb Is Not Simply A Memoir Of An Expedition It Is Also The Moving Account Of Dominic S Struggle To Finally Accept The Heartbreaking Loss Of His Father To Cancer When Dominic Was Just Six As He Fights Illness, Broken Equipment, Lack Of Money And The Hardest Season Of Everest History To Make The Top, Dominic Also Discusses What Has Driven Him Up This Mountain The Answers Are As Affecting As They Are Extraordinary Cracking tale of a journey from the world s lowest point the Dead Sea to its highest the summit of Mount Everest at 29,028ft Travelling by bike through Jordan, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Chinese occupied Tibet, the British team then conquered the mountain in what has been called the last great overland quest Part travelogue, part Boys and Girls Own adventure, team leader Dominic Faulkner ex 22 SAS describes proceedings briskly but with no little elan Most entertaining, especially the descriptions of those little courtesies, mainly from those with nothing, which make humanity seem to be worth saving, after all. Five stars not because of wonderful writing, but because of the heartfelt enthusiasm the great initial idea not shying away from the hardships, difficulties and less than legal manoeuvres it took to cross borders and climb to the top the truthfulness it s not a cake walk, and not everyone summited Everest and than anything, for inspiring me on my own journeys and goals. Wonderful, engaging and heart warming Well paced recount of an expedition, and at the end showed man s best and worst sides when on Mount Everest, how this team went out of their way to help ill and stranded climbers when other teams ignored them. Another book by a restless young Brit I enjoyed the first section on cycling from the Dead Sea to Everest best since it covered territory Interesting to see other team members wrote books will have to check them up. One of the most inspiring travel books I have read so far It describes a trip, by bike, from the lowest point on the earth to the base of everest After which they climb it.