Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

“What we learn from climb­ing moun­tains is that we can push our­selves far be­yond what we think we are ca­pa­ble of”. Bonita Nor­ris should know – the 29-yearold is the youngest per­son in the world to have reached both the North Pole and sum­mit of Mount Ever­est, de­spite not em­bark­ing on her climb­ing ca­reer un­til she was 20. This is the sim­ply and ap­peal­ingly writ­ten ac­count of her bat­tle to reach the top of the Earth’s high­est peak.

There are no end­less de­scrip­tions of frosty tun­dras in flow­ery ad­jec­tives – in­stead we jour­ney with Bonita through the nerves and chal­lenges of ex­pe­di­tion plan­ning and then hike with her to her long-dreamed-of sum­mit. Bonita re­calls her trek in a hu­man and of­ten hi­lar­i­ous way (break­ing frozen snot off her oxy­gen mask, or singing Billie Piper songs in her head as she climbs) and writes ten­derly about her team­mates’ sup­port. Her eu­phoric sum­mit turns to a nerve-rack­ing ac­count of the part that claims the most lives – the des­cent, an or­deal in which a small slip can end in death. In­ter­spers­ing the tale are evoca­tive pho­tos of Bonita’s moun­tain ad­ven­tures, taken on a Boots dis­pos­able cam­era. Sian Lewis, out­doors writer

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