Doofus Dad Does Everest Base Camp

One of Planet Earth's Epic Adventures Told by a Slightly-Less-Than-Epic Guy
Narrated by: Mark E. Johnson
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Imagine setting off on a 12-day trek through the Himalayan wilderness to the foot of Mount Everest, experiencing the world's most startling landscapes and vibrant Sherpa culture and struggling to catch your breath at nearly 18,000 feet above sea level - all without leaving your favorite listening chair.

Doofus Dad Does Everest Base Camp brings that scenario to life.

In April 2018, Tennessee writer Mark E. Johnson embarked on an epic, grueling, and often hilarious adventure - the 80-mile trek from Lukla, Nepal, to Mount Everest Base Camp - after launching an improbable trekking company a year earlier in the flatlands of the southeastern United States. This was Johnson's first excursion out of the continental US, and this journey into the exotic country of Nepal was indeed a trial by fire (and ice). 

Hike alongside "Doofus Dad" on each part of this bucket list quest, from the starting point of Nashville, Tennessee, through a mind-numbing 23 hours of air travel into the suicidal traffic of Kathmandu, and on every day of the trek with equal parts lush detail and sly humor. Experience Kathmandu’s Hindu and Buddhist temples, the infamous Yeti's Scalp of the Khumjung Monastery, a hysterical salsa dance lesson at 14,000 feet, and a crazy helicopter rescue. 

If you're considering this adventure for yourself, then this book is an invaluable resource and contains the Everest Base Camp itinerary, daily trek statistics, gear lists, and training suggestions. 

The foreword is provided by mountaineering legend and Everest blogger, Alan Arnette, called "one of the world's most respected chroniclers of Everest" by Outside Magazine. “This book is a must-have for the bookshelf of yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's traveler,” says Arnette.

The audiobook is read by Johnson and even includes sound effects from the trek itself! 

Johnson is a longtime freelancer and blog writer, best known for his Dave Barry-esque stories about parenting, rural living, and health and fitness. 

©2018 Mark E. Johnson (P)2018 Mark E. Johnson
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Epic Adventure

Captures all the details of the trek to Everest Base Camp, the greatest adventure of my life. I love the sounds the audio version has, which makes you feel like you are in The Himalayas.

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Entertaining EBC trek story

A great read! A lighthearted, witty, and entertaining account of an EBC trek. An informative read for those interested in trekking or just interested in a humorous story of a doofus dad on an epic adventure. Enjoy!

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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 beautifulky 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!

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Fantastic!

I’m not even done with this book but I have to say it’s been a great ride so far! It’s a must read for anyone considering going on one of these Everest quests. The author has done a wonderful job of making you feel like you are right there with him. Really enjoying it!!

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laughing and crying!

This is a warm and relatable story. If you ever thought about going, read this!

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Great story

I listened to this book driving from My home town in Georgia to Charleston for work. Kudos to Mark for a well written book and I think it made it that much better that he also was the narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed every second and the way it was written made you feel like you were there with the gang the whole time.

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I love the story. It is very descriptive to where I almost feel like I'm right there with Mark and Holly. The takeaway that I got from the story is how to be resilient in times of hardship. I also realized how fortunate I am to live here in America. The simple things in life that I failed to appreciate at times when people halfway around the world does not have the privileges that I have. Mark, thank you for sharing yours and Holly’s experiences from Nashville to Nepal and vise versa. Kudos to both of you.

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  • 05-09-20

Enjoyable entertaining and inspiring

This book is a light hearted insight into trekking to Everest camp though it contains little information about kit and training the author does direct you to his online site that does have this information. The descriptions of events from his home town in the USA to Everest base camp are informative, with light hearted as well as encouraging for anyone who is looking to tick this adventure of their bucket list.

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  • Simon Alexander
  • 04-17-20

Honest and inspiring

A real inspiring story about the ebc trek. Got me booking to go and live it myself. Bucket list stuff

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  • Sophie Dewar
  • 01-22-19

good insight

booking to do basecamp myself in Nov good insight into trek I need to get my fitness levels up !!!!!!!