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North Face

Written by Matt Dickinson

Part of the The Everest Files Series

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An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face’ is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old Ryan Hart finding himself once more fully immersed in the culture of his surroundings. The two separate stories blend into each other until they beat with one heart. Everest sits brooding, occasionally rumbling and roaring, ever present, ever mysterious. This is a fascinating story, all the more so, due to Matt Dickinson’s background, he has climbed Everest and he’s spent time with the local people, consequently Tashi’s tale in particular rings with truth. With evocative chapter heading illustrations, this is a simply told, yet dark tale that doesn't shy away from desperate deeds. Encouraging further research into the region, ‘North Face’ is not only thought provoking, it is also a completely captivating read.

Liz Robinson

North Face Synopsis

The Everest Files story continues in 'North Face' ...Ryan Hart is an 18-year-old adventurer on a mission. To get himself to Mount Everest and check out the truth about the world's highest peak. Friends have told him dark stories about the mountain, outrageous things that he wants to see for himself. Just a few hours after Ryan arrives at Everest Base Camp a lethal earthquake strikes. Avalanches pound the glacier, burying Ryan's climbing buddy and killing many others. A desperate rescue saves Ryan's friend, but only after a local Tibetan girl -Tashi - helps with the search. Stress levels are running high among the climbing teams. The mountain is shut for the season because it is judged too dangerous. Then a flashlight reveals a clue. Someone is alive, high on Everest's treacherous north face!Tashi is convinced it is her 15-year-old brother. Ryan is prepared to risk everything to help. Storm clouds gather as they set out on their illegal climb, a do-or-die mission which the local militia will do anything to stop.

The series is inspired by Dickinson’s own mountaineering experiences; in 1996 he summited Everest via its treacherous North Face, climbing alongside actor Brian Blessed until Blessed was forced to abandon the climb. Blessed later described their relationship as ‘one of father and son’, commenting on their shared belief that ‘the greatest danger in life is not to take on those adventures’.   

Commenting on the upcoming release of North Face, Dickinson said, ‘Literature and outdoor adventure have both opened up fascinating worlds for me. My ambition with The Everest Files series is to share this sense of wonder and to encourage young people to set out on their own adventures, whether through picking up a good book or organising a camping trip with friends.’

Find out more about Matt Dickinson's Everest adventures & the Everest Reading Challenge at

North Face Press Reviews

'Matt Dickinson, who made a successful ascent of Everest's perilous North Face in 1996, has followed up his excellent Mortal Chaos YA trilogy with the first of what will be a trio of thrillers set in Nepal. The Everest Files, a gripping and touching story, is a fine start.'  The Telegraph

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ISBN: 9781910240465
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing an imprint of Vertebrate Graphics Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910240465
Publication date: 10th March 2016
Author: Matt Dickinson
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing an imprint of Vertebrate Graphics Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Gritty Reads
Recommendations: eBooks

About Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure. During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners. His most notable film success was ‘Summit Fever’ in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous North Face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and ...

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