Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

BrianDickinson / Oct 28, 2020

Blind Descent Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest Alone and blind at feet Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly feet from the summit of Mount Everest also known as the death zone when his Sherpa became ill and had to tur

  • Title: Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest
  • Author: BrianDickinson
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  • Page: 459
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  • Alone and blind at 29,000 feet Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest also known as the death zone when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain After carefully weighing the options, Brian decidAlone and blind at 29,000 feet Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest also known as the death zone when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit alone Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world But the celebration was short lived After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely, and got ready to begin his descent Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, his gut instinct, and his faith In Blind Descent, Brian recounts in fantastic detail his extraordinary experience on Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.

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      • BrianDickinson

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Brian Dickinson served for six years as a US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer before he moved to the Pacific Northwest to get his MBA and pursue his passion for extreme sports and mountain climbing He has climbed in expeditions on the highest peaks of the seven continents, including Mount Everest, with the majority of climbs in the Cascade Mountains, near his home He uses his climbs to help raise money for charity and as an opportunity to share his faith with others around the world Brian, his wife, JoAnna, and their children, Jordan and Emily, live in Snoqualmie, Washington.


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    1. This book was given as a gift to a family member and I borrowed it. I didn't enjoy it.I am interesting in climbing and outdoor activity accounts so that wasn't the problem. My issue was that this book reminded me of something written by John Eldridge called Wild at Heart. The basic premise is that men are somehow called by God to be wild, reckless and to take part in high risk activities for entertainment purposes. That if they don't do this then they are not being the person God has called them [...]



    2. I know that I will never have the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain in the world or swim the longest river or even visit another planet, but that doesn't mean I don't think about what it must be like. When I saw this on sale (free) a few days ago, I snatched it up. The tag line is great - Alone and Blind on Everest? I'm all in. Brian is a former Navy rescue swimmer. Having been in the Navy myself, I can tell you that not just anyone makes that kind of cut. The training is brutal, hardcor [...]


    3. I'm not sure how I want to critique Dickinsons' book. The story is truly compelling, the writing is ok but after reading the book I can't help but respect his discipline, training and persistence. I am certain he wanted to write this book himself and I believe he did and perhaps that is my disappointment with it. It could have been a much better book with a little more editing or re-writes. His story of climbing Mt. Everest and becoming snow blind certainly deserves a better book than this. I ca [...]


    4. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. This book was marketed as a man's blind solo descent of Everest. Instead it's a Christian inspiration book masked as a blind solo descent of Everest. There's more in this book about praying and God and other things I had no desire to read about so please, can dust jackets or back covers give any sort of clue about this? Like "man blindly descends Everest not thanks to his own resourcefulness but because JESUS HELPED!!!!!" and I'd calmly be like "cool but no thanks" instead o [...]


    5. I love most Everest books, but this one was just a story about Christian faith, which is something I don't need in any book.Felt like no paragraph went without either the mentioning of God, the author's army training or the tears he sheds because he misses his family. Plus I didn't need to hear about him defacating on the top of the Everest and then throwing his „business“ down. The actual „blind descent“ took up a very small part of the book and was surprisingly boring actually.This boo [...]


    6. God's children are Never alone. He says I will never leave you nor forsake you th I s book is a testament to his Word.Great story of faith and determination, and giving God the glory. Trust and believe being obedient to the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer.Our GOD IS AWESOME!


    7. A decent enough adventure story, but he would have benefitted from a professional writer's help. ALSO -- I understand this dude is a serious Christian, but he sounded like a serious jackass when talking about Hinduism and the beliefs of the Nepali people he encountered.


    8. "Blind Descent" tells of Brian Dickinson's ascent of Mt. Everest and then his descent while dealing with impaired vision. This story, while interesting in many parts, lacks the details of the climb & does not bring the reader to the mountain. The sherpas and other persons attempting the climb are left very one dimensional. I would have liked more attention to the preparations & struggles of many more situations during this adventure. I am thrilled that he has so much faith and love for h [...]


    9. By the title and description of the book I was looking forward to a detailed account of an Everest summit and blind descent. It was naturally written and had a relatively quick pace. One detail that I found distracting (almost to the point of annoying) was the author's peppering his faith in God and religious belief throughout the book. It became more about his faith than the recounting of an incredible adventure. I have done my share of (non-technical) climbs; Mt. Whitney, Mt. Fuji and some les [...]


    10. This book tells the story of Brian Dickinson's climb to the top of mount Everest. He's also a strong Christian, and he's trusting in the Lord to get him there safely. Also he's got a very strong family, a wife and 2 small children that are very supportive of him, and very supportive friends and church family, too. He credits his time in the Navy as preparing him for this mountain climb and all he'd go through during it. This was my first read about people that climb mount Everest. I found it ver [...]


    11. This was disappointing. Like other reviwers say; too much bragging about Navy training and God, not enough of the story. Oh no, he went snow blind and took a couple of extra hours to descend to the South Col. SHOCKER!!!! Also it irrationally annoyed me that his wife is called JoAnna and he wrote that on every single page and that big A infuriates me.


    12. Excellent. This was quite breathtaking at times. Very hard to put down. Usually survival stories in Reader's Digest, for example can be quite boring. Not so with this. He is a very good story teller. Lots of detail, and above all his faith in Christ which carried him through.


    13. A lackluster book about climbing Everest and descending with snow blindness. The momentum of the book was stalled with flashbacks and praying. I've read many better books about climbing Everest. This one barely captured my attention.



    14. Last thing we may need is another Everest Summit attempt storybut Dickinson's story is compelling and very easy to read. He is a dedicated father, Christian, and former Navy Rescue manwho wants to climb all 7 of the highest summits of each Continent. His story is relatable as he lives near Seattle and often trains on Mt. Si (a mountain I have climbed) and Mt. Baker (a mountain I have skied on). Dickinson finds himself about 1000 meters from the summit, alone, near the Hillary Step and South Col [...]


    15. Riveting tale and very likeable character. Brian seems a good-natured, likeable person and his experience is a harrowing tale of living through being snow-blind while descending the Everest summit. That said, the book could've been better edited, better-constructed, with emphasis on the highlight of the story: how he made his descent by largely feeling his way through the most dangerous parts of his Everest climb. What happened in this book was that the background to his climb came first, formin [...]


    16. Surviving alone and blind…on Mt. Everest!On May 15, 2011 former Navy Rescue Swimmer Brian Dickinson was descending alone from the summit of Mount Everest when he became snow blind. On a perfect day Everest can be difficult to traverse. That is why most people climb with a group. But Dickinson’s Sherpa, Pasang, had become ill 1,000 feet from the summit and had to turn back.Dickinson felt strong enough to continue, and actually managed to reach the summit safely. After the usual picture taking [...]


    17. I had difficulty appreciating Dickinson's actions. I thought him a very selfish man, fulfilling his own adventurous needs at the expense of his family. The book was written rather well but I just did not like the premise. I would have rather seen a Christian man being fulfilled by loving his Lord, his wife and children rather than climbing a mountain.


    18. Very interesting book! Once I started reading , I could hardly put it down! How amazing what God can do! I would highly recommend this book!Great book! Highly recommended! Amazing how God protected Brian and kept him safe in spite of snow blindness, what a Mighty God we serve!


    19. Wow! This book had me hooked from page one. What a testimony of faith, endurance, and love. Such an inspiration to see how God can use even our darkest and scariest moments to bring about hope.


    20. Trust and ObeyI loved Brian's unwavering faith, strong love for his family, his determination, his appreciation for each and everyone who made it possible.


    21. Absolutely inspiring. Actually experienced real emotion reading this. Such a powerful story of how God protects, lives, and guides! Plus a story about Everest can make anyone inspired



    22. I generally love books about surviving (or not) extreme conditions, but this book was so poorly written that I just couldn't connect with the author.


    23. I loved this book. I am kind of a nut about autobiographies and for the most part will read anyone's story because I just find it all so interesting. As soon as I read the description of this book I just knew I had to read it.Brian is a man who absolutely loves climbing mountains. Me.t so much. I climbed a mountain in New Hampshire as a part of a youth group eventlets just say it wasn't my favorite youth event. But I did it and now I can check that one off the list :-)Anyways, enough about me an [...]


    24. My initial comment is that I would have enjoyed this book a lot more than I did if the author hadn't been so in-your-face about his faith. I'm not religious, and could really have done without the prayers every few pages. Positives - It was a great look at the journey to Base Camp and insight into some laymans climbing terminology. This is one of the few books on the topic that I've read that really stops to explain things to the reader that we might otherwise not fully comprehend, having not cl [...]


    25. Back cover: Alone and blind at 29,000 feet!Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everestalso known as "the death zone" when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit- alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But [...]


    26. Summary:Brian Dickinson relates the true story of how, 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest, he was struck with snow blindness and forced to descend some way alone and sightless. His experience draws him closer to God and makes him appreciate his family and friends more.Likes:I enjoyed finding out what it takes to climb Mount Everest. The day-to-day details, although boring when repeated, were interesting.Insights into Dickinson's Navy training were also cool.Kudos to Dickinson's calm and [...]


    27. An amazing true story of courage, perseverance and faith, that had me in tears before the author had even reached Everest. The emotion and love he felt for his family came through wholeheartedly. His words and the excellent narration made you feel what he felt, especially the emotion behind the hidden message he left for his family incase he didn't make it back. The reaction of his children to him leaving pulls at your heart strings and the support and love shown by his wife was beautiful. The n [...]


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