Broughton Coburn captures the spirit of adventure that mountain climbing creates. He also captures how dangerous mountain climbing can be with this book. I didn't even know that an American climbing expedition made it to the top of Mount Everest in 1963. I enjoyed reading how this group of adventurers endured such perilous weather conditions to reach their goal. They spent more than three months climbing the mountain. They encountered such physical challenges like experiencing a lack of oxygen and having the wind blow away their tents. Anyone who has the courage and patience to climb a mountain is a hero in my book. I learned that over 3,700 people have climbed Mount Everest since 1953. I am amazed to learn that only 240 people have died on Everest since 1953. I am surprised by the diversity of people in this climbing expedition. This group of climbers included a glacier scientist, historian, radio operator, sociologist psychologist. All of these people contributed to the success of this endeavor. I learned a little bit of geography in this book. I learned the Grand Tetons is in Wyoming and that K2 mountain is in Pakistan.
I am inspired by the accomplishments of one climber of the 1963 expedition He is the late Barry Corbet. He continued to climb mountains in Wyoming after becoming paralyzed. He started the disability magazine called New Mobility. This is something I read occasionally He also assisted in the passage of the Americans with Disability Act in 1990. I am a person with a disability. I feel very connected to the work of Corbet because of my disability. I will probably never climb a mountain, but I know that it is a possibility because of Barry Corbet. This short biographical information about Corbet feels me with a sense of hope. It raises my enjoyment and opinion of The Vast Unknown.
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