Magazine article Geographical

Aftershock: One Man's Quest and the Quake on Everest

Magazine article Geographical

Aftershock: One Man's Quest and the Quake on Everest

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AFTERSHOCK: One Man's Quest and the Quake on Everest by Jules Mountain; Eye Books; [pounds sterling]8.99 (paperback)

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Jules Mountain was working as guide in the Alps until, over a few drinks at a pub in Chamonix, the prospect of conquering Everest presented itself. He had battled serious illness so was eager to suck out all the marrow of life. Up to page 120 or so, this is a fairly conventional account of preparing for the adventure and veering between excitement and trepidation on the lower slopes. The highlight in these early stages comes when a guide tells Mountain and his party to 'shut up' when the singing of Beatles' songs becomes too irritating.

Then everything changes. Mountain provides a candid, harrowing account of the devastating events of April 2015, when an earthquake provoked avalanches on the world's most famous mountain. In the thick of all the fear and panic, Mountain behaved with admirable fortitude: taking a lead in caring for the injured, ploughing on for hours through the sweat, smells and screams. …

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