Spirit High

Spirit High 25

The Mick Parker Story

by James Knight

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2015

5/5 Rating 25 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $25.18

On 21 May 2009, after weeks of gruelling climbing, Mick Parker reached the summit of Makalu in the Himalaya, 8463 metres above sea level. He was now a veteran of the '8000ers club' - those elite adventurers who have scaled the world's highest mountains. Whats more, as with all his climbs, he'd done it without the help of bottled oxygen, guides or Sherpas: a method that was extremely dangerous, but revered by purists. The stunning achievement crowned a ten-year climbing career that had begun in suburban Victoria, before taking on New Zealand, the US, South America, and finally the ultimate challenge - the Himalaya. His face slathered in sunscreen, Mick smiled, squinted, took a photo of the magnificent vista, then prepared for the long descent. Thirteen days later, he was found dead in his Kathmandu hotel room. He was only 36.

A story of courage, determination and high-altitude adventure, Spirit High details the exhilarating but all-too brief life of Mick Parker. An Aussie larrikin who knew no fear, but cared deeply for his fellow human, it is a tale of triumph, tragedy and chasing your dreams no matter - where they take you.

All proceeds from the sale of this title will go to the Michael Parker Foundation to assist with the education and ease the hardship of disadvantaged children in Nepal, Northern Pakistan and Australia.

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James Knight

James Knight has worked in network television, independent documentaries and is a bestselling author. He has written twelve non-fiction books, with topics including cricket, travel, mountaineering, and human-interest biographies.

He wrote The Dragon's Journey, an incredible story about Vietnamese boat person Duy Long Nguyen; The Man From Coolibah, the bestselling biography of outback legend Milton Jones; and most recently worked with Sally Faulkner on All for my Children. James lives in Sydney.

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    From the front cover with Mick Parker's
    quizzical half grin to the back cover showing him on the summit of Makalu; James Knight's "Spirit High" recounting the Mick Parker story is a thumping good read from cover to cover.
    He tells of a stubborn determined likeable Aussie larrikin who relentlessly pursued his dream of summiting all the 8000 metre +
    mountains in the world. He was true
    mountaineer disdaining the use of oxygen and Sherpas or porters to carry his load. He was a purist. In addition to his climbing friends and associates he related to Special Force soldiers
    in the Commando Regiment, stalwarts like
    Keith Hughes who introduced him as a boy to rock and ropes and rappelling;Rob Prior and Jim Truscott, themselves noted alpinists, who mentored Mick. For myself speaking as a former Commando officer I wouldn't want to command a platoon of Mick Parkers; but if I did have that misfortune the buggers would be unbeatable. So!! Read the book and hit the bin and support the Michael Parker

    Ian Storey


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    Inspiring and adventurous. Great read for anyone.

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