Back at the end of the 1990s I wrote up the story of my three Everest expeditions and two summits, firmly convinced that I was closing the door on that chapter of my life. I called the book Just For The Love Of It (being heartily sick of books titled The Death Zone or Killer Mountain) and prepared to move on. There would be No More Everest.
Yes, well, I now know better.
The influence of Everest rumbles on through my life and the stories that I told back then continue to interest a wider audience. However, technology has changed the ways in which such stories can be shared, which is why I find myself busy preparing to have Just For The Love Of It re-released in ebook format by Crux Publishing.
As part of that ebook release I am preparing a new final chapter, because I did go back to Everest one more time. I swear I was trying to get to the North Pole but somehow I zigged when I should zagged and ended up attempting a new route on the east face of Everest instead. I’m really not sure what went wrong there. Anyway….
I have written a 7000 word chapter about that expedition and have sent it out to a few trusted friends to read over. But in the spirit of our new socially connected world, is there any one else who would like to get a sneak peek at the chapter draft and give me some feedback?
You need to be able to look it over in the next 48 hours and get it back to me, with corrections and suggestions in as much or as little detail as you like. I don’t promise to send it out to everyone who responds to this (assuming any of you do) but I thought it would be interesting to ask and see what happens!
Email me, message me, send a carrier pigeon, but I need to hear from you today (1 May) and I need to get it back by the end of tomorrow (2 May).
UPDATE: Thanks to the lovely response I received, this offer is now closed! Everyone else will have to wait for the book to be released.