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*Read Book à Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest ⚝ I am neither churchly nor a particularly spiritual person, but I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling quite literally a dead man walking into camp and the shaky start of my return to life On May nine climbers perished in a blizzard high on Mount Everest, the single deadliest day ever on the peak The following day, one of those victims was given a second chance His name was Beck WeathersThe tale of Dr Seaborn Beck Weathers s miraculous awakening from a deep hypothermic coma was widely reported But the hidden story of what led the pathologist to Everest in the first place, and his painful recovery after his dramatic rescue, has not been told until now Brilliant and gregarious, Weathers discovered in his thirties that mountain climbing helped him cope with the black dog of depression that had shadowed him since college But the self prescribed therapy came at a steep cost estrangement from his wife, Peach, and their two children By the time he embarked for Everest, his home life had all but disintegrated Yet when he was reported dead after lying exposed on the mountain for eighteen hours in subzero weather, it was Peach who orchestrated the daring rescue that brought her husband home Only then, facing months of surgery and the loss of his hands, did Beck Weathers also begin to face himself, his family, his past and uncertain future Told in Beck Weathers s inimitably direct and engaging voice with frequent commentary from Peach, their family, their friends and others involved in this unique journey Left for Dead shows how one man s drive to conquer the most daunting physical challenges ultimately forced him to confront greater challenges within himself Framed by breathtaking accounts of his near death and resurrection, and of his slow and agonizing physical and emotional recovery, Left for Dead offers a fascinating look at the seductive danger of extreme sports, as in rapid succession a seemingly unstoppable Weathers attacks McKinley, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro before fate stops him cold, high in the Death Zone of the world s tallest peak Full of deep insight and warm humor, Left for Dead tells the story of a man, a marriage and a family that survived the unsurvivable Candid and uncompromising, it is a deeply compelling saga of crisis and change, and of the abiding power of love and family a story few readers will soon forget If you already collect 1996 Everest stories, you may read the whole thing But if you don t, you ll probably want just Part One, which satisfies The rest of the book becomes too much detail too late, and reads like filler.PS to the audio reader we don t need you to do voices for the same reason we don t need dialogue printed in different fonts and colors It s annoying, and we get it that different people are talking. I was hoodwinked I feel like the author conned me with a catchy title about a survival story then delivered his and hers complaints about a marriage where neither partner ever confided in the other, did whatever they wanted he s off climbing mountains, she s playing Russian roulette with her birth control pills and resented each other for it The first 20% of the book is about him actually surviving Everest, and its not that great a story Certainly a miraculous event, but I m surprised at I was hoodwinked I feel like the author conned me with a catchy title about a survival story then delivered his and hers complaints about a marriage where neither partner ever confided in the other, did whatever they wanted he s off climbing mountains, she s playing Russian roulette with her birth control pills and resented each other for it The first 20% of the book is about him actually surviving Everest, and its not that great a story Certainly a miraculous event, but I m surprised at how dull it was The rest is about his home life BEFORE Everest , how he met his wife, his depression, and the almost failure of his marriage I am pissed The title of the book should have been I left my marriage for dead to go climb Everest, but in the end we made it work But no one would buy that book.I think the author realized by the time he was up for writing the book the deadly 1996 season had been covered by other writers, so he decided to give us apersonal account of the whole life of one of the survivors, but frankly beside what happened to him on May 10 12th 1996, his life is pretty plain and certainly not interesting enough to write a book about Although I didn t really plan it that way, I read Beck Weather s book Left for Dead right after I read Lincoln Hall s book, Dead Lucky The two books have some obvious and uncanny similarities Both Beck Weathers and Lincoln Hall were left for dead just below the summit of Mount Everest, thought to be beyond all hope of rescue Both were believed to have died on the mountain, and both of their families were told that Both were apparent victims of particularly lethal years on Mount Everest, whic Although I didn t really plan it that way, I read Beck Weather s book Left for Dead right after I read Lincoln Hall s book, Dead Lucky The two books have some obvious and uncanny similarities Both Beck Weathers and Lincoln Hall were left for dead just below the summit of Mount Everest, thought to be beyond all hope of rescue Both were believed to have died on the mountain, and both of their families were told that Both were apparent victims of particularly lethal years on Mount Everest, which occurred exactly 10 years apart And both books describe, as best as the authors are able to recollect and piece together, what it s like to die on Mount Everest and then get a second chance at life.That having been said, I liked Weathers book a lot better than Hall s Some reviewers have complained that Weathers included too much information about his personal and family life, regarding this as filler and wishing he had just stuck, Dragnet like, to the facts This, I think, misses the whole point of Weathers book He himself has said that Jon Krakauer s book, Into Thin Air, gives a fardetailed and better factual account of the deadly 1996 season on Everest Where Weathers book excells is in its examination of the forces and sometimes the demons that drive climbers to risk life and limb, and how those risks impact both the climbers and their families.As is well known, although Weathers survived, he did not survive intact He suffered major amputations of his hands, as well as his nose, and underwent multiple surgeries Still, Weathers writes that if he had it to do all over again, knowing what the outcome would be, he would do so Some might think he is saying that the climb was worth his hands, that it provided a unique sort of self validation or a challenge that made him feel fully alive But that isn t what he means at all Beck Weathers reasons for climbing were not well understood, even to himself, and even less so to his wife and children Weathers book is unusual in describing his climbs as unpleasant, basically not fun, but something he felt driven to do, perhaps in an effort to lessen his chronic depression His description of climbing is gritty, realistic and not at all romanticized When he went to Mount Everest, Weathers was on the brink of a divorce from his wife and complete alienation from his children Had he successfully climbed Mount Everest, he would no doubt have proceeded to again attempt to climb Mount McKinley, part of his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents As the material which he includes from his wife and children makes clear, that would no doubt have meant the end of his marriage Instead, Weathers near death experience caused or forced him to reflect on what was important in life In doing so, Weathers realized that his family was the most important thing in his life,important that climbing So, when Weathers says he would do it all over again, he means that he would be wiling to sacrifice his hands to get back his family Others may regard everything except the story of Weathers few fateful hours near the summit of Mount Everest as filler I cannot Left for Dead is the story of one person s journey of self exploration Just as Everest tested Weather s physical limits, it also helped him to find his emotional identity In that sense, it was indeed the challenge of a lifetime I can t get enough of climbing memoirs, but Beck Weathers book Left for Dead is not really that kind of book It is, in part at least, the story of his remarkable survival in the deadly 1996 season on Mount Everest, where he was left for dead but survived.In his opening chapter, he describes himself as an amateur climber, in my opinion someone who had not business being on Everest, and his book reads that way It annoyed me the first time he described his crampons essentially cleats that y I can t get enough of climbing memoirs, but Beck Weathers book Left for Dead is not really that kind of book It is, in part at least, the story of his remarkable survival in the deadly 1996 season on Mount Everest, where he was left for dead but survived.In his opening chapter, he describes himself as an amateur climber, in my opinion someone who had not business being on Everest, and his book reads that way It annoyed me the first time he described his crampons essentially cleats that you attach to your boots to provide traction on ice as knives The fact he continued to call them knives rather than crampons thereafter drove me nuts.I ve read several other books on the Everest tragedy including Krakauer s, Boukreeve s and Breashear s I had been avoiding Weathers book for no particular reason perhaps it was instinct that I wouldn t like it Although he had the most dramatic story of all, Weathers book was the worst of the lot Only a small portion of the book is about the expedition itself Perhaps my intense dislike for this book is that I expected to be a climber s book and it isa story about depression I found it hard to swallow the redemption story and mostly just felt sorry for Weathers family