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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
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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 !!!!!!!