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Monday, May 19, 2014

Blind Descent -- My Review

Author Brian Dickinson served with the US Navy as a Rescue Swimmer, and it shows in this true account of his attempt to conquer Mount Everest.  A well-experienced climber, he has been a part of expeditions on the highest peaks of the seven continents.  But even with all his experience, strength and faith, he almost didn’t make it down from Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Dickinson takes us through the meticulous planning for a climb such as this.  Every detail must be correctly dealt with, because each one could literally mean life or death.  He introduces us to the Sherpa, the indigenous people who regularly guide and/or carry gear for the climbers.  Every ounce of equipment, food and clothes is counted to keep the packs at 50 pounds each.

But the biggest point of concern for the author was his family – wife Joanna, daughter Emily, and son Jordan.  The thought of getting back to them safely dominated his thoughts constantly.  At one point, he even used their names as a chant as he slowly made his way on the ice and snow.

It is obvious that Dickinson did, indeed, make it down from Mount Everest because he wrote this book.  But it’s still a compelling read.  At the end of each page, you’ll want to keep going to see how he did it.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book..

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