This was an amazing, intriguing, and tragic story. All in all, 12 people died on this assault on the summit of Everest. But this book was about much more than tragedy. It took you through the process of climbing this monster, the struggles of the death zone, and the bond that occurs between people when taking on this kind of challenge.
For the majority of the people that attempt Everest, it is about so much more than checking something off of your list. The majority of the time people have to turn back before they reach the summit. It’s about pushing yourself, respecting the mountain (and this mountain demands respect), and having the wisdom to turn back. I have absolutely no desire to climb Everest, but after reading this book I have a better understanding of why people do.