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Brought Back Lots of Fond Memories

Having Attempted EBC in October 2018 with a Climb2Cure team from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, this book brought back a lot of great memories of the team and the trek. My Kumbu cough, unfortunately, turned into bronchitis at about 16, 400 feet, so I stayed put at Lobuche at the Oxygen Lodge. Thank you for the witty commentary and descriptions. They helped me continue to picture my own epic journey in my mind, and thankfully, I also have my own pictures that I use to calm myself when things in the “real” world becomes overwhelming — as it does once you have experienced the peace and calm of the beautiful Himalaya. I cannot wait to go back, and will check out Hobnail when I do. Hike on, everyone!!

TrapperHj

Mirth and Merriment on the trail amongst massive mountains

Mark delivers a funny self effacing retelling of his first trekking experience in Nepal to some little mountain called Everest. I hear it’s a big deal.
Having changed the trajectory of his entire life by starting a U.S. based trekking company in the mountaineering capital of North America, Nashville, Tennessee, we get a front row yak ride as Mark takes 15 brave (brave due to the trek or brave due to going with an unknown entity…..who knows?) souls on the long journey from the Eastern U.S. to Katmandu to Lukla and onward to Everest Base Camp on foot.
One can just about smell the Dzo paddies, hear the rush of the Dhudh Kosi river, taste the garlic soup, see the overwhelming majesty of the mountains, and feel the crunch of the trail beneath hiking boot clad feet, as the Bill Bryson of the Doofus World recounts the highs and lows of the trip.

I laughed out loud several times, when unexpected and random funny zingers would pop up. And, this being a completely personal opinion (this is MY review after all), bodily function humor is ALWAYS funny.

“Well Robert that’s all swell and good, and i love a good joke as much as the next person,” you say, “but does this collection of dead trees have any useful information?” Why yes it does! The story arc of DDDEBC (or as i like to call it Triple D Epic) gives a 29,029 foot (see what i did there?) view of the whole experience, with useful kernels of information that can be harvested by the observant. And, when you are done with this delightful story, the appendices have all sorts of more granular information (technical, gear lists, etc..) that can jump start you on your own research. PLUS, you get a web link to awesome online EXTRAS (no spoilers here. I’m not easy like that). I for one have already mentally made the leap, and will be following in Mark’s footsteps come fall of 2019. I just want one of them there sweet Hobnail Trekking beanies. See you in Nepal!!!!
Tretsch says, BUY THIS BOOK.

Epilogue:
“but, but Robert! you only gave him 4 stars!”
Sheesh you are a whiny peanut gallery!
5 stars are reserved for literary giants, the likes of: Melville, Tolstoy, Poe, Hemingway, Joyce, Twain, Dr. Suess

Robert A. Tretsch III

The best EBC trekking book I’ve read!

As a member of this original trekking group, I can honestly say that this book took me back to Nepal and every step I made on the trek. If you’re wanting to do this trek one day or if you’re totally interested but think you could never actually do it, this book is for you. It gives you insight into the terrain and conditions so future trekkers can be properly prepared while also making others feel like they are actually there! With Mark’s descriptive writing, you can close your eyes and imagine yourself in the middle of it all….sights, smells, tastes! And he does all of this with a sense of humor!! Definitely check out this book and if you can, check out Mark Johnson and Hobnail Trekking Company!! You won’t be disappointed!

Rarasusan

Delightful reading

Honest look at the ins and outs of trekking to Everest Base Camp. I really enjoyed reading of Mark E. Johnson’s journey. Had me laughing at some points and rooting for the team to accomplish their goal. This book is a winner!!

Delightful reading

Real life on the trail!

Great read! I am trekking EBC in Nov19, and I now consider this book an invaluable guide, as Mark talks about and explains how real life on the trail will be. I will probably read this book again during my 23 hours of travel to Lukla. Thank you Mark!

Amazon customer

Armchair travelers, this book will take you to Nepal!

All you hardcore trekkers have plenty of reasons to buy this book. But you fellow armchair travelers are in for a GREAT TRIP not only up to Everest Base Camp and its stunning views but in and out of Nepal villages, temples, and tea-houses for local sights, sounds, and tastes. Johnson will have you laughing along the way, and when you’re not laughing it’s because you’re reading about all the agonizing stuff he and his team went through while you’re sitting comfy with your feet up. Buy one for you and gift one to a friend!!

Book Conspirator

Just finished listening...

Just finished listening to this funny and informative book based around the item of trekking to Base Camp, following Mark’s, Holly’s and the ‘s adventure in . Such a great read, and an insight into what to expect when we go in 2020.

Marcus Preedy via Twitter

Best trip to Mount Everest I’ve never taken!

Mark, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I joined you and Holly on this audible journey to Everest Basecamp. But I want to thank you for the laughs, the beautifully described visuals, and the tears I shared as I followed your epic journey. 💜

For those of you who don’t know my friend Mark, he will not disappoint. He’s an award-winning writer and photographer that one on a journey of a lifetime. And he’s taking you with him through his audible book journey. So happy for you my friend! Now, where is my coffee table photo book? It’s got to be the next follow up for this incredible journey! 😉 Namaste!

Heather Berry, via Audible

A great story about what trekking EBC is really like

As someone who was on this trip with the author, I can tell you that Mark captures the journey extremely well. Though it has a lighthearted approach, this book nails the majesty of trekking among the world’s tallest mountains, the challenge of tackling Kalapatthar on a dark snowy morning, and the joy of reaching EBC, as well as the absurdity of “Thunderdome” (the Kathmandu airport customs). If you have ever considered trekking to Everest Base Camp, this book is not only a great story, but contains tons of information for planning your own trek. Highly recommended!

Bill Shupp

Couldn’t stop reading!

Having never been to Nepal and also live in TN I was instantly drawn to this book. Once you start the first page you will be hooked and probably stay up all night until the end, I did!

Frank Brown

MARK JOHNSON APPEARANCES

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March 21 — South Cheatham Public Library, Kingston Springs, TN

Program begins at 6:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to view the Facebook event page.

March 26 — Ashe County Public Library, West Jefferson, N.C.

I’ll be visiting the Ashe County Public Library in West Jefferson, N.C., March 26, 2019, for a book reading and presentation. This will include photos and videos from the trek itself, and I’ll be happy to sign your book if you’d like. If you haven’t yet gotten yours, I’ll have books on hand. The event is 5:30-7 p.m. and admission is free.

Listen to this radio interview!

The address is 148 Library Rd., West Jefferson, N.C.

March 27 — Watauga County Public Library, Boone, N.C.

I’ll be visiting the Watauga County Public Library in Boone, N.C., March 27, 2019, for a book reading and presentation. This will include photos and videos from the trek itself, and I’ll be happy to sign your book if you’d like. If you haven’t yet gotten yours, I’ll have books on hand. The event is 5:30-7 p.m. and admission is free.

Listen to this recent radio interview!

The address is 140 Queen St., Boone, N.C.

April 5 — Putnam County Library, Cookeville, TN

I’ll be visiting the Putnam County Library in Cookeville, Tennessee, Friday, April 5, for a book reading and presentation. This will include photos and videos from the trek itself, and I’ll be happy to sign your book if you’d like. If you haven’t yet gotten yours, I’ll have books on hand. The event is 5:30-7 p.m. and admission is free.

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

April 6 — Nashville Outdoor Recreation Expo

Mark and Hobnail Trekking Co. will be at the Nashville Outdoor Recreation Expo at Bells Bend Park from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 6. We will have books on hand! Look for the bright red tent.

Details HERE.

May 17 — Trail Days Festival, Damascus, VA

Mark and Hobnail Trekking Co. will be set up at the Trail Days Festival on Saturday, May 17-19, in Damascus, VA. Look for our bright red tent in the vendor area! We will have books on hand.

Details HERE.

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