Today, 10th March 2016, marks the release of the awesome North Face by the inspirational Matt Dickinson published by Vertebrate Publishing!
Happy Book Birthday Matt!
This is the second book in Matt Dickinson’s Everest Files series, which is based upon upon his own experiences of climbing Everest with actor Brian Blessed during the 1996 disaster.
I am lucky enough to have been offered the chance to feature a fab guest post from Matt at part of the North Face blog tour!
First, here’s a little about the book…..
Ryan Hart is an 18-year-old adventurer on a mission. To get himself to Mount Everest and check out the truth about the world’s highest peak. Friends have told him dark stories about the mountain, outrageous things that he wants to see for himself.
Just a few hours after Ryan arrives at Everest Base Camp a lethal earthquake strikes. Avalanches pound the glacier, burying Ryan’s climbing buddy and killing many others. A desperate rescue saves Ryan’s friend, but only after a local Tibetan girl Tashi helps with the search.
Stress levels are running high among the climbing teams. The mountain is shut for the season because it is judged too dangerous.
Then a flashlight reveals a clue. Someone is alive, high on Everest’s treacherous north face!
Tashi is convinced it is her 15-year-old brother.
Ryan is prepared to risk everything to help.
Storm clouds gather as they set out on their illegal climb, a do-or-die mission which the local militia will do anything to stop.
Sounds awesome right?!
*Hands over to Matt*
A TALE OF YESTERDAY… FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD!
Way back in the mists of time (in the 1920s), a British climber by the name of George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mt Everest. His answer was a mysterious one:
‘Because it’s there’
It was an enigmatic response, which said everything… and nothing. Yet somehow the quote has endured as a classic Everest truth. We are climbing it, Mallory was saying, because we can.
Nowadays almost a thousand people a year attempt to climb the mountain and (having met a lot of them) I thought it might be fun to come up with my own list of ‘reasons’ why folk are prepared to risk their lives to stand on the ultimate summit!
MACHO MONKS AND GLAMOROUS GURUS
These are the ‘right on’ men and women who have a direct line to spiritual enlightenment. They go to Everest because ‘up there’ they will be closer to whichever god is most in fashion at that moment. Most often found half naked, humming quietly to themselves, adopting the lotus position, somewhere near the Base Camp rubbish tip.
These are the most honest climbers of all. They don’t pretend there’s any spiritual dimension, they go for the thrill, the rush of risking their lives, and the ‘gnarly dude’ credentials that an Everest ascent brings. Plus, it looks great on your match.com profile!
These Everest climbers are finance folk (men and women) who are extremely rich and go to Everest because they can’t think of anything else to do. Most often found screaming hysterically at base camp managers when they discover they can’t monitor their share portfolio as there is no Wi-Fi on the mountain.
The oldest man (80). The only couple to get married on summit (yes, really!) The youngest girl (13). Most ridiculous thing to do on the summit (someone took a golf club up and smashed a golf ball into near space orbit). Fastest ascent (13 hours!) These are the bizarre accolades that can bring fame and fortune. Every year these fanatics flock to the slopes hoping for their name check in the Guinness book of Records!
Everyone else who doesn’t fit into the above categories.
You have been warned! Climbing Everest isn’t crazy… but the people who do it are!
My final word if you still want to do it: take a good pair of noise cancelling headphones so you can block out the boasts and bluster of base camp chat. And pack a very thick book.
You can buy North Face by Matt Dickinson here or why not visit your local independent bookshop for a copy.
About Matt Dickinson
Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure.
During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners.
His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries.
Matt is currently Patron of Reading at Lady Manners School in Bakewell and continues to climb and explore. In January 2013 he summitted Mount Aconcagua, which at 6,965 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalaya. Currently, he is planning an ascent of Denali in Alaska, one of the ‘Seven Summits’.
Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt followed this up with the first of three The Everest Files books, which has proven to be very popular. North Face is the hotly anticipated second title in the trilogy.
When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.
You can find out more about Matt by visiting his website here
You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops…
Another huge huge thank you to Matt for a fab guest post and to Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing for organising!
You catch another blog post by Matt about the Himalayan Megaquake here
Or a guest post about Matt’s book, Lie, Kill, Walkaway here
Are you a Matt Dickinson fan? Have you read any of the Everest Files? What did you think? Has this guest post intrigued you? I would love to hear from you! Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !
Happy Reading or climbing Everest!