After becoming one of the youngest British people to climb Mount Everest, a Sleaford man has written a book all about his experiences.
Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton, 22, has just finished putting pen to paper to write a tell-all account of his trek up the world’s highest peak, and has also started planning his next big adventure to conquer an ‘unclimbable’ mountain.
The book, entitled Dare to Dream, describes Matthew’s introduction to mountaineering and becoming one of the best squash players in the country, to a time spent in the French Alps where his love of the mountains was born all the way through to climbing Everest. He also talks about discovering his fear of jumping from heights.
He explains: “I had always intended to write a book of my adventures before I started my climb on Everest since it is something that I enjoy, and due to the constrains and pressures faced at high altitude, certain events are gradually blurred from memory meaning that with this book, which I wanted to write almost as my own personal diary, I would not forget many of the events that occurred.”
He also writes about his preliminary expedition in Kyrgyzstan in July 2011, his journey into Nepal to a remote range of mountains in November, and finally becoming one of the youngest British mountaineers to conquer Everest.
He added: “As I got deeper into the book, I felt like I was writing it in a story telling kind of way, almost to an invisible audience, and at the end, tried to explain the stresses that occur during such a time, and whilst this helped me personally to understand and piece together many events, I also thought it might be useful for others to read.”
Matthew has not let the fact that he has fulfilled his dream slow him down, as he has been busy planning an expedition in 2014 with a friend to tackle a mountain called Ama Dablam, once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as ‘unclimbable’.
Now Matthew is looking to get his book published to share his story with the world. If anyone would be interested in putting his story to print, you can contact him by calling 0789 1126940 or find him on Twitter at @mattdthornton.