Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A hill walker's

Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A hill walker's journey to the top of the world As he teetered on a narrow rock ledge a yak s bellow short of the stratosphere, with a rubber mask strapped to his face, a pair of mittens the size of a sealion s flippers, and a drop of two kilometres below him, it s fair to say Mark Horrell wasn t entirely happy with the situation he found himself inHe was an ordinary hiker who had only read books about mountaineering, and little did he know when he signed up for an organised trek in Nepal with a group of elderly ladies that ten years later he would be attempting to climb the world s highest mountainBut as he travelled across the Himalayas, Andes, Alps and East Africa, following in the footsteps of the pioneers, he dreamed up a seven point plan to gain the skills and experience which could turn a wild idea into realityFunny, incisive and heartfelt, his journey provides a refreshingly honest portrait of the joys and torments of a modern day Everest climber


About the Author: Mark Horrell

For many years Mark Horrell has been writing what has been described as one of the most credible Everest opinion blogs out there He writes about trekking and mountaineering from the often silent perspective of the commercial client.For nearly 20 years he has been exploring the world s greater mountain ranges and keeping a diary of his travels As a writer he strives to do for mountain history what Bill Bryson did for long distance hiking.Several of his expedition diaries are available from the major online bookstores He has published two full length books Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest 2015 , about his ten year journey from hill walker to Everest climber, and Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo 2019 , about an expedition to cycle and climb from sea level to the furthest point from the centre of the earth.His favourite mountaineering book is The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E Bowman.



10 thoughts on “Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: A hill walker's journey to the top of the world

  1. says:

    Far too many unnecessary similes.


  2. says:

    After spending the last few weeks reading what Horrell refers to as mountaineering disaster porn , it was refreshing to read something a little lighter Further, it was wonderful to read about a guy climbing mountains who didn t spring from his mother s womb with an ice axe in hand, which seems to be the case for the protagonists of thepopular mountaineering books Actually, the degree to w


  3. says:

    This is a great reference book for learning about amazing climbs in all the major climbing areas of the world going back to the 19th century Mark s story was also interesting but I kept missing it as I was skipping a lot of the historical information about previous climbs and expeditions Some of that is interesting but there was just so much detail that I couldn t take it all in and it was detrac


  4. says:

    I greatly enjoyed this first person description my Mark Horrell of his long 10 year journey enabling him to reach the summit of Mt Everest Starting out as a hill walker or day trekker, Horrell never initially envisioned himself standing on the pinnacle peak in all the world But, step by step, he upped his game, tackling difficult peaks, and gaining the experience, fitness, and knowledge that would allow


  5. says:

    Seven steps to EverestWhat a book A book that I fancied reading after reading the blurb At the beginning a thought I d made a mistake as it was a little slow As i ventured further into the boom I was hooked and found it compelling reading It is light hearted in places A thoroughly enjoyable read with a very detailed account of what really happens and the amount of work needed to achieve a dream goal, the message


  6. says:

    Factual, Funny, Fascinating This book details one man s journey both physically and psychologically from climbing the wonder that is our own Snowdon to the highest point on the planet Laced with facts from the firsts of our era and compassion for the lives and danger of the Nepalese race in general, this book has some proper lol moments and also recommendation for two of the best guided mountain tour operators across th


  7. says:

    Positives really enjoyable to read aboutthan one mountain, this book includes chapters on Snowdon, Kili, and the Cordillera Huayhuash, with references to other mountaineering books I ve read like Touching the Void.The history of the first and following ascents of Everest.An up to date viewpoint on recent disasters and deaths related to Everest.Negatives the unnecessary use of about a billion unfunny similes They littered every


  8. says:

    I quite enjoyed this book Mark Horrell has a light fun touch in his writing making the reader feel as if he were a friend He also gives us brief historical information on the different mountain treks climbs he has been on and the colorful people he has met along the way I feel he is quite honest in his assessment of his own and others achievements This is not disaster porn but a well written adventure book I look forward to readingby t


  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book as I m always intrigued by folks who make it their life s goal to climb Mt Everest But this book was so muchthen an Everest story It s extremely detailed as to the how, why and where of mountain trekking and mountain climbing I think this could also be the first book where tall inanimate objects have become characters in someone s story If reading about climbing mountains at 8000 meters is interesting to youthis is


  10. says:

    I m a largely former walker and got as far as between Step 2 high altitude walking and Step 3 high altitude summits If you can get past a few terrible jokes this is a really interesting read about how someone went from being scared of heights on Snowdon to climbing the highest mountain in the world.


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