First Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's exhilarating personal account of the 1996 Mt. Everest expeditions & subsequent disaster. Or even better, the audio version as narrated by the author.
Second, the movie.
Third and finally, Everest: IMAX, simultaneously filmed alongside the above expeditions, including photos, video clips and interviews with the participants.
(Just priming myself for India...)
Bonus photo: Sir Edmund Hilary at Stewart Island, New Zealand. (he's the first person to summit Everest.)
Bonus videos: Hilary speaking.
Bonus hat trick: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban; all were brilliant!
Bonus fact: Three years ago I completed my first 10-day Vipassana course.
16 hours ago