The release of a major Hollywood movie about the 1996 Everest tragedy (see my review of it here) means Everest has been generating a lot of interest recently.
Traffic to my blog has virtually doubled in the space of a few days, but the interest is very narrow. I’ve written a great many posts about Everest (some would say too many!) since I started this blog five years ago, but of the 123 posts tagged with “everest” three in particular have been receiving the lion’s share of the traffic:
- 5 media myths about Everest busted. A post I wrote in response to negative media coverage a few days after I returned from my Everest expedition in 2012.
- 5 Everest horror stories. A review of Dark Summit by Nick Heil and High Crimes by Michael Kodas, two books by journalists which focus on the negative aspects of commercial Everest expeditions.
- Don’t be fooled by disaster porn. A post about mountaineering disaster books.
It’s not hard to see what these three posts have in common. Some of the search phrases people have been typing in are equally illuminating:
“how hard is it to climb everest”
“horror stories from everest”
“1996 everest disaster”
“celebrities that have climbed mount everest” (for those of you who came here using this one, sorry to disappoint you)
Everest is an amazing mountain with a rich history stretching back a hundred years (or even longer if you include the stories of its discovery by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India), a history that continues to be written every year. It’s a shame that current interest in the mountain should reflect the obsession with controversy, disaster and the cult of celebrity that’s a strange quirk of the mass media age.
I have no illusions that most of the new people arriving on my blog at the moment are ephemeral visitors, who will lose interest in Everest and move onto the next topic soon enough. There is little I can do to hold onto these readers. I hope they enjoyed what I wrote, but they are probably already gone and will not be reading this.
But there will also be some of you whose interest in Everest, the Himalayas and Nepal has been kindled, and you wish to explore a little further.
It is you this announcement is aimed at, as well as those of you who drop by this blog from time to time, but have not thought of reading any of my ebooks.
The Chomolungma Diaries, the journal of my expedition to climb Everest from the north side in 2012 is currently available COMPLETELY FREE in most of the main online bookstores, including Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. It’s a no-brainer – download it while you can!
Click here to see the book description and list of online bookstores.
Why am I doing this?
The Chomolungma Diaries will give you a fuller picture of what it’s really like to climb Everest on a commercial expedition, one which, like most expeditions to Everest, doesn’t end in disaster.
I will show you the realities of life on an expedition, base camp life, the trekking, the climbing, the tears and the joy. I hope I will make you laugh, and I may even make you cry a little too.
If you enjoy the book, then I hope you will consider spending a dollar or so on one of my other expedition diaries, but more than this, I hope you will consider buying Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest, my first full-length “proper” book, that I have been working on for the last three years, a book that describes my ten-year journey from hill walker to Everest climber, and includes much historical background to teach you more about the rich history of Everest and other popular mountains worldwide.
I also hope that by downloading this little freebie and reading it, it will inspire you to visit more of the mountains I describe and learn about their heritage.