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BRONCO LANE JOURNEY FROM MILITARY HEROISM TO EVEREST Elijah Mark 2024 1st ed Paperback
By Mark, Elijah
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Full title:  BRONCO LANE: FROM MILITARY HEROISM TO MOUNTAINEERING: THE INSPIRING STORY OF A SOLDIER WHO LOST HIS TOES AND A THUMB ON EVEREST.
2024, 1st edition. 44 pages. New paperback. 

Michael "Bronco" Lane was a courageous British soldier whose incredible journey took him from the frontlines of battle to the summits of the world's tallest mountains.

Lane volunteered for service in the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in 1964 and was selected for the Special Air Service in 1967. He fought in the Aden Emergency, Oman and in Northern Ireland where he was awarded the Military Medal.

Bronco joined the Army Mountaineering Association (AMA) in 1968 and took part in AMA expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in 1972, Indian Himalayas in 1973, Nuptse, Nepal in 1975. 1976 saw him joining a joint British-Nepalese Army expedition to Everest under the command of Lt. Col Tony Streather. The expedition succeeded in putting Lane and fellow SAS colleague Brummie Stokes on the summit on 16 May. 

After summiting Lane and Stokes were caught by bad weather and were forced to abandon their descent. The pair bivouacked in a snow hole near the South Summit for the night. Stokes tried and failed to attach an oxygen bottle to his face-mask. Lane had to remove his glove to attach the bottle but after an hour his hand was frozen. After the night in the open, both men's feet were badly frostbitten. 

Back home in England, doctors attempted to save the men's toes but the condition of their feet deteriorated in the summer heat. Eventually, he felt a tingling sensation in his foot and after removing his dressing found maggots in one of his toes which he removed with a cocktail stick. Lane lost his toes as well as the thumb and top halves of his fingers on his right hand.

In 1977 a book written by John Fleming and Ronald Faux titled SOLDIERS ON EVEREST told the story of this expedition.

Lane continued mountaineering, climbing in the Canadian Rockies in 1978-9 and Mount Kenya in 1983. In 1984 he led an expedition to Everest in Tibet and was deputy leader of the Joint Services Everest Nepal 1992. He has also been involved with several Antarctica expeditions.

In Bronco Lane: Journey from Military Heroism to Everest, dive deep into the heart of adventure as Bronco recounts his remarkable life story. From his humble beginnings as a young soldier in the Special Air Service (SAS) to his triumphant conquest of Mount Everest, Bronco's tale is one of bravery, resilience, and the enduring power of the human spirit.

But it was on the icy slopes of Everest that Bronco faced his greatest challenge yet. Battling ferocious blizzards, bone-chilling cold, and the relentless forces of nature, he pushed himself to the brink of exhaustion in pursuit of his dreams. And when tragedy struck on the treacherous descent, leaving him with the loss of all ten toes and a thumb, Bronco's spirit remained unbroken.

But Bronco's journey is about more than just conquering mountains; it's about conquering the limits of possibility. Through his unwavering determination and boundless courage, he inspires us to reach for the stars and push beyond our perceived limitations, no matter the obstacles that stand in our way.

With breathtaking landscapes, heart-stopping action, and moments of triumph and despair, Bronco Lane: Journey from Military Heroism to Everest is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of adventure. Prepare to be captivated, inspired, and forever changed by the incredible story of one man's extraordinary journey to the top of the world.

Lane died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on 22 March 2024, at the age of 78, just one month before we received copies of this book. 

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