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Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

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BLIND DESCENT: SURVIVING ALONE AND BLIND ON MOUNT EVEREST

By Brian Dickinson (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 2015)

I was a big fan of Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's personal account of his Everest climb, and so Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest by Brian Dickinson was high on my list to read. The title alone is eye-catching; with only two other successful solo summits of Everest, Dickinson's story is particularly inspiring. Despite all odds being stacked against him, Dickinson admits he often felt God's presence and never truly felt alone.

Dickinson is a former U.S. Navy aviation rescue swimmer who currently does climbing expeditions for fundraisers. In Dickinson's personal account of his successful solo climb to the summit, he spends a majority of the book going into detail about the equipment and tools necessary to climb while interweaving some of his personal thoughts about faith: "Whether your mountain is a literal one or not, I believe God has put each of us on this planet to live a life that is beyond imagination. …

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