Jamie Clarke has two books to his name; Above All Else: The Everest Dream, and From Everest to Arabia: The Making of an Adventuresome Life.
Above All Else"I've always thought Everest was more than rock or snow. It is something larger. Everest and other mountains represent nature's power and patience. Everest's greatness affects the souls of those who appreciate its majesty. The mountain is a reflection of our collective desire for personal greatness. When I climb, I try to join with the mountain. When I am in its presence, I am able to enhance my connectedness to my surroundings... Everest helps me feel part of a larger whole." –Jamie Clarke in Above All Else
The dangers of Mt. Everest are well known. Hazardous ice fields, frigid temperatures, abrupt weather changes, and altitude sickness threaten all that attempt to scale its 29, 029 feet. Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's first successful summit of Mt. Everest in 1953, thousands have attempted to summit the world's highest peak. Over 3000 individuals have summited Mt. Everest since, but more than 200 have died trying.
After two attempts, Jamie Clarke summited Mt. Everest on May 23, 1997. Co-written by Jamie Clarke and Alan Hobson, two Canadian adventurers, Above All Else offers two viewpoints on a life-changing expedition to the top of the world.
From Everest to Arabia
After summiting Mt. Everest in 1997, Jamie turned his focus to the deserts of Arabia. Fascinated by the stories of Sir Wilfred Thesiger, Clarke set off for Rub' al Khali (The Empty Quarter) of Arabia. The Empty Quarter is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, covering 650, 000 square kilometers. Covered in shifting sand dunes up to 250ft high, with temperatures soaring up to 51°C, Rub' al Khali had not been crossed by a Westerner by camel since Sir Thesiger's crossings between 1946 and 1950.
Jamie, with his brother Leigh and friend Bruce Kirby, set off to cross The Empty Quarter with thirteen camels and three Bedouin guides. From Everest to Arabia: The Making of an Adventuresome Life is a thorough account of their expedition, detailing the complexities of fundraising and planning, the emotional and physical challenges, and the details of an incredible journey few take.