Title: Everest Base Camp: Close Call
Author: Catina Noble
Genre: Explorer Memoir, Extreme Traveling, Mount Everest
*Everest Base Camp: Close Call* is a gripping and fascinating story about Everest told from the perspective of a brave woman who openly shares the triumphs and disappointments of reaching for a dream. Catina Noble pulls the reader in with the warmth from a stove in the dining room at a teahouse, the humorous attempts at using squat toilets, the delicious comfort food and the kindness of the people of Nepal in contrast with the achingly cold conditions and uncertainty felt on her trek. With vivid and absorbing passages, Noble offers a heartfelt reminder that the journey is as important as the dream itself.—Sonia Saikaley, author of *The Allspice Bath*
One might think this is just a book about someone attempting to hike up Everest. There is much more to this book. The tale of Cat's trials and tribulations does make for good reading. You will get a better understanding if you realize part of this book is about fear. Here, the lesson is look your fear in the face and challenge it.
As you read through the hardships faced in the attempt, you can't help but get a shawshank message - get busy living or get busy dying. Cat did this because it was a challenge. Many readers could take this message to heart. Simply do something by overcoming your fear. Personally, this reader wouldn't be living the life of dreams without the courage to do it.
At its heart, this is a book that illustrates how important it is to test your own limits. You can literally climb a mountain, or you can philosophically climb one. The point is to keep testing your limits to get the most out of life.
Recommended to fans of Cat's writing. Recommended to people who enjoy travel adventure memoirs. Recommended strongly for fans of women nonfiction. A book about more than hiking up a mountain.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Catina Noble’s writing started appearing in late 2009. To date, Catina has more than 200 publications including her poetry, short stories, articles/interviews, and her photos.
When she is not writing or creating new art work, she teaches mixed media art to children, practices art journaling, volunteers time in the community, and plots her next set of adventures. In 2009, Catina graduated from Carleton University with a B.A.
Writing is her first love and then art.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N