Aug. 9, 2017

The story of survival against all odds…

Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers

May 10, 1996, marked one of the worst climbing disasters on Mount Everest. When a sudden storm trapped climbers high on the mountain, eight would perish in the unforgiving weather. One who was left for dead, who would have made it nine persons, recovered after spending over a day in the open. Though he would lose a hand and all the fingers on the other, Weathers had made it home alive. This is his story.

Where Weathers could have spent a lot of time lambasting the decision to leave him, he has chosen to concentrate on how the mountain changed him. Weathers reveals that he was clinically depressed most of his life, and that climbing mountains was his way of coping with his problems.

The climbs became his sole focus and his marriage was disintegrating around him. Depression can do strange things to people, and like many others, Weathers was unable to see past his solution from the crippling illness. His near death on Everest changed him more than physically. When he awoke on the mountain and staggered into camp, Weathers really woke up to the things that are important in life.

I really liked this book. I also deal with depression, and Beck Weathers’ story was a real shot in the arm. When you feel like you can’t go on, there is always someone who has faced worse and survived. Thanks for your book, Beck Weathers. I will not soon forget the lessons you have taught me.

I give this book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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