“Meeting Friends On The Roof” By Scott Markey

 

Book Review:

Scott tells a story centered around lifelong friendship, which is filled with themes and life lessons that all students can benefit from.  This story comes to you from the heights of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.  Along the way, there are scary moments, sacrifices to be made, and an overwhelming appreciation for the journey above the final destination.

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39 thoughts on ““Meeting Friends On The Roof” By Scott Markey

  1. My favourite part of your story is when you saw all the yaks and the dog it was funny/thrilling.
    My connection to your story is I’ve gone hiking and some random person ran past my auntie and I saying I have food poison “it was really weird”
    I think its brave that you took the opportunity to go on the hike up on Mount Everest.
    I wont forget that you wen’t on the roof of the bus.

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  2. I really liked your story because you felt a lot of emotions. My favourite part of your story was when Henry asked you to go onto the roof with him. I liked that part of your story because it sounded pretty amazing. A connection I had to your story was when I was hiking with my dad my sisters and my step mom. We had to go down because there were too many prickle bushes. Another one of my favourite parts was when you and Henry helped the people that started to fall. I liked that part because you and Henry could have reached the summit but you and Henry helped them. I learned that you should enjoy the journey and not to get too focused on the destination.

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  3. I thought your story was thrilling! My favorite part was when you said that you helped two men and gave up seeing the summit just to save them. I have a connection to because I also like to hike and I have hiked very large mountains. I liked how thoughtful you where because not anybody would give up seeing Mount Everest summit just to help two men. I learned from your story to always put others first even if it means giving up what you want to do/get.

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  4. Mr. Markey told a thrilling story!
    My favourite part of the living library book, was when he went up to the roof. this was my favourite part because I would be too scared to do something like that.
    A connection I made was when my cousin told an interesting story about when his dad made it halfway up Mt. Everest.
    I found it interesting when he said the climbers had gotten confused by the altitude. I found this interesting because the got so confused that they took off their sunglasses.
    The thing I learned is that you can make friends anywhere.

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  5. You told us an extraordinary story.
    My favorite part of your living library was when the two men fell off of the cliff and you saved them by giving them medical help.
    I remember a time when I went up a hill/mountain and I think it may have been called Teapot Hill, once I was not even half way up the hill I was already exhausted! I felt like I had hiked Mount Everest but I know it would not even be near the height of Mount Everest.
    Now, I have a few questions to ask you. How old were you when you were climbing Mount Everest? Did you have cellphone reception up there? Or even a cellphone? And my final question, could cars be able to drive up there?
    I absolutely loved your living library story and I cannot believe you went on the roof of a moving bus! Thank you for coming to our classroom and sharing your story with us. Have a fantastic rest of your day! Sincerely, Hannah from Mr.Listers class.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Hannah. Keep working on Tea Pot hill–its a fine place to start! I was 34 when I went to climb Mt. Everest. There is no cell phone coverage there but we could use a satellite phone to make phone calls home once in a while. There are no cars in the Everest area of Nepal–there are no roads, only trails. The nearest road is a 10-14 day walk from Everest basecamp.
      All the best with the rest of your year.

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  6. Mr. Markey’s told a very detailed story and it was a pleasure to here.
    My favourite part of Mr. Marky’s story was when the two guys fell of the cliff and was rolling down the cliff and instead of leaving them you helped them and gave them medical help. I also enjoyed the time when you saw the doge running from the yacks in your direction and as you were running you sprained your ankle on a rock. Some connections is: One time my dad, uncle, and I would go hiking all the time, we would hike lots of mountains/hills. Sometimes I would also with other family members such as my grandma and my cousins too. Another connection I have to share is a time when just my dad and I went on a hike and a long time ago my dad put his initials on a huge rock and we went on a hike and we found the rock he put his initials on. It was and easy rock to find because it was probably around half the size of a classroom. I have a few questions for you, what is your favourite place to hike? What was the first mountain you hiked? How old were you when you first hiked? Those are all the questions I have for you today. I won’t forget the time when the two men were rolling of the cliff and time when you first met your friend on the roof of a bus. Thank you for sharing a fantastic story I really enjoyed it and have an incredible day. From: Marissa 

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    1. Hi Marissa,

      Thanks for all your comments and questions. My favourite place to hike is in the mountains up the Chilliwack River Valley. There are many beautiful hikes there in our backyard. The first real mountain I climbed was probably the West Lion above Vancouver. I started hiking when I was in high school and I started climbing when I was studying at University in my early 20s.
      Enjoy the rest of your year.

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  7. I really liked your action packed story on how you climbed Mt. Everest. One part I liked was how you described you meeting Henry and not just saying he was a guy you knew. I also have a connection to when you said “it’s not about the destination but about the journey” because once I made a cardboard guitar and I wasn’t paying attention the finished product but instead was enjoying the steps I was doing also I have a question how long ago did you climb Mt. Everest? Your story has taught me to not get mad I didn’t do the thing I wanted to, and I won’t forget your thrilling story on how you scaled Mt. Everest.

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    1. Hi Eric,
      I’m glad you had a connection with the theme of my story. A cardboard guitar sounds like fun.
      I went on a total of 3 expeditions to Mt. Everest from 1998 to 2001.
      All the best to you for the rest of your year.

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  8. Meeting Friends on The Roof

    Dr. Markey’s story was amazing! My favourite part of the story was when you saved two people’s lives because I want to be a doctor too. My connection is that I’ve gone hiking and I almost fell. I think that you are really brave because I would be too scared to climb that high. I thought that your story was thrilling! I have one question, how old were you when you climbed Mt. Everest? I learned that you can meet new friends anywhere! I loved Dr. Markey’s story!

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    1. Hi Emily,
      I’m glad you liked the story and I’m happy to hear to you want to be a doctor too.
      I was in my mid-30s when I went on my Everest expeditions.
      All the best.

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  9. Hi I’m Chance, and I’m writing because I found your story interesting. Let’s start with my favourite part. My favourite part was when the dog ran towards you and hid behind you for protection from the yaks. This was funny to me, because, a dog, was hiding, from yaks! That was super funny! I have a connection to your story. One time my friend’s cat ran behind me, because he was scared of the raccoons in there. He was behind me, and I scared the raccoons off. I also have a question for you. When was the last time you saw Henry, and when you did, what was he doing, and where was he? There was something I’ll never forget about your story, and that’s when you almost got to the summit of Mt. Everest. You were so close! Well, that’s it. Here’s a link to my blog. http://chancesd33.edublogs.org/

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    1. Thanks for your comments Chance. I enjoyed your blog–keep writing!
      I stay in touch with Henry on Skype regularly but the last time I saw him was in Kathmandu–the capital city of Nepal. He now spends half the year living in northern Scotland and half the year in Nepal.
      All the best for now.

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  10. I liked how you climbed most of Mt. Everest. I enjoyed hearing about how you helped a couple of people instead of climbing to the top. I have climbed Teapot Hill and it was pretty scary. Did you get scared? You sacrificed something that could’ve made you famous, for two people? I will never forget to try to focus on the journey, not just the summit.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story Billy. Thanks for your comments.
      Being high up in big mountains can sometimes be scary. I always find that being a little scared helps me to focus on the dangers and stay more safe.
      Teapot hill is a fine place to start your hiking career! Enjoy.

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  11. You told us a thrilling story called Meeting friends on a roof.
    My favourite part of the story Meeting friends on a roof was when you described meeting Henry on a roof. When you described meeting Henry on a roof, you said that Henry had found a way onto the roof.
    A connection I have with the story Meeting friends on a roof was food poisoning. One night, when I also ate soup for dinner, I got food poisoning and had to lie in bed for a few hours so I have a connection.
    I think it was kind of you and Henry to help the two climbers and not go for the summit. Not everybody would stop to help when they are so close to summiting.
    I learned from your story that sometimes it’s more important to focus on the journey than the destination.

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  12. I really enjoyed Mr. Markey’s inspiring story. My favourite part of the living book is that the Sherpas were so intrigued in the stories that the other Sherpas tell. This is my favourite part because you said it was like Clara watching T.V. and it would be unusual for one of us to be that intrigued in a story. My connection to the living book is that my brother almost got food poisoning. How it happened was my brother grabbed a slice of ham from the fridge and put it in a sandwich, right before he started to eat it my stepmom told him that it was too old, so that he wouldn’t eat it. Thank you for sharing the story with us we all really liked it. I will not forget this inspiring story. I learned to enjoy the journey more than the destination.

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  13. Dear dad,

    I really enjoyed your living book called “Meeting Friends on the Roof”.
    My favorite part was when you saved those two guys from falling down the face. I thought it was very brave of you to go and rescue them. My connection to your living book is when we took the family trip to Mexico. One day we went paddle boarding and you got sea sick because of how high the waves were, this reminded me of when you said that you felt quite motion sick on the bus. I really liked your whole story but one of my second favorite parts of your story was when you rode the 10 hour bus ride on top of the bus with Henry. I really enjoyed your story dad, and I hope you can come in to my classroom more often!
    Love Clara 🙂

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  14. Mr. Markey told a breathtaking story. My favorite part about your story was how you met your friend Henry on a roof of a bus. The reason I enjoyed this part was because of the unique way you met him on your trip to Mount Everest. A connection to your story was one time I met a friend on a trip. I don’t remember where but sadly I’m still not friends with him now. I really enjoyed the way you told your story. The reason I enjoyed the way you told your story was because you changed the tone of your voice according to what happened in the story. I will not forget how you told us not to get too focused on the destination.

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  15. I really liked the story. My favourite part is when you almost summited but i bet it was really upsetting not being able to summit. I connected to your story because i love to go hiking and one time i went ok a hike and i saw someone i knew.The main idea is never give up on your dreams I’ve had many times when i wanted to give up but I didn’t. I really enjoyed the story.

    THANKS!

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  16. Thank you for telling us your living library. When you and Henry trusted each other enough to go climbing that made me think of how much I trust my friends. I loved how you were repaid for helping those men. I find it funny that after all you did you were repaid with rancid soup. It was very cool that you tried to climb a mountain and I’m sorry it never worked out. I will never forget the yak attack it was interesting that they were not provoked and yet they attacked

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  17. I liked your story “Meeting Friends on the Roof”. My favourite part is when the dog and the boy come running with a pack of yaks behind them. I find that funny because they just came out of nowhere! Now I cannot trust a random run-away dog anymore! Me and Leeland play a game ROBLOX that is based on climbing Everest. It is hard to play because there is bid dips and caves in the ground, thankfully Leeland has the Search and Rescue gamepass so if I fall in a dip or cave he can help me. I wanted to ask, is there big dips and caves in the ground on Everest?

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    1. Hi Braiden,
      Thanks for your comments. There are lots of big “dips” on glaciers–these are called crevasses. It is important when you are climbing on glaciers to stay roped up so you don’t fall into the crevasses. A good rope and a good partner are just like a Rescue gamepass when you mountain climbing.
      Take care.

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  18. Hi my name is kyana and I’m writing today about meeting friends on the roof.
    Dr. Markey`s fantastic climbing story. My favorite part about the story is when Dr. Markey met Henry because I thought it was a different way to meet friends. My connection is when the sherpa’s go in the tent they were so in to it. Whenever I do track and field I’m so in to it. I have a question for Dr. Markey`s if you would all over again what would you change? and why? i learned that you can meet friends any way is possible.

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    1. Thank you Kyana for the kind comments.
      I don’t think I would change very much regarding my Everest trips. The experience was exciting and everyone came home safely with some nice pictures to show to our family.
      It was a pleasure to share the story with your class.

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  19. I really liked all of the facts about Mount Everest in your story Meeting Friends on the Roof. My favourite part of the story was when the two climbers came rolling the hill because my heart skipped a beat thinking of what wold happen next. My connection is one time when I went hiking up Teapot hill I rolled my ankle I made this connection because you went hiking up Mount Everest and rolled your ankle and I did the same. What was the scariest part of climbing Mount Everest? I liked the way you tried to teach us about friendship.

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    1. Thank you Liam.
      Sorry to hear about your ankle.
      One of the scary parts about climbing Mt. Everest is sitting out a storm in your tent. The winds blows very hard and the temperature gets very cold. It is hard to sleep and sometimes you have to get out of your tent to shovel the snow building up in the middle of the night.
      All part of the adventure.

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  20. Mr. Markey told a powerful story. My favorite part of the story was when you got food poisoning because the cook tried to say thanks but it didn’t pan out. Did you even like the soup? A connection I made was that I have made friends on a hike. Do you see henry still. Did you like riding on the roof. you can meet friends any where.

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    1. Hi Lucas,
      I remember being very hungry and thirsty when the cook gave us some soup–so yes I think I enjoyed it at the time. The next day not so much…
      I still keep in touch with Henry–he lives in Scotland for half the year and Nepal for the other half of the year.
      I hope you meet lots of friends in lots of interesting places.

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  21. My favorite part was when you mentioned the Sherpas where in to eachouthers story’s like Clara and her favorite movie I had a connection to the part when you said two people fell down part of the mountain I have fell down part of elk mountain i think the big idea is put others before your self . I wont forget that you went on the roof that was crazy

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  22. Meeting Friends on the Roof

    My favorite part was when you were riding on top of the roof because I have never heard of someone riding on the top of the bus roof before and I bet you had the best views. I have a connection to when you had all of those ox sounding you said you were scared and I would be to. When you saw those guys fall down the mountain and they burn their eyes where you scared that you were going to burn your eyes to because I would be.

    Thank you for sharing your story with the class

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    1. Hi Emma,
      We kept our sunglasses on to protect our eyes. The sun is very strong above 5000m in altitude and burns your skin, or your eyes, very quickly.
      Glad you enjoyed the story.

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  23. Meeting Friends on the Roof.
    My favorite part was when you were on the roof because I would never go on the roof and I bet you got really nice views. My connection is when all the yaks were surrounding you said that you were scared and I would be too. When you saw those guys fall down the mountain were you nervous that you were going to burn your eyes to. It doesn’t matter if you reach the top what is important is what happened on the way there.

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  24. I really enjoyed your presentation Dr.Markey. My favourite part of your story was when you saved the lives of those lucky two men. I thought it was very courageous. I also thought it was very thoughtful of you to have brought the two men back down the mountain. My connection to your living book was when my mom and I were traveling with our neighbors to their cabin. I was sitting next to Isaiah ( our neighbor’s son ) who was sleeping on my shoulder. Our neighbors twin daughters Faith and Makalia. They get motion sick though. The funniest thing about this is that my mom was sandwiched in between the twin while they were throwing up into Mcdonald’s. We finally pulled over to use the restroom. I think the main idea of your story was when you were telling us it’s the journey that matters not the destination. I think this is so true because you usually meet friends along the way not at the end. I learned that if you stop to look around for a second you can see your true surroundings

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  25. Hi my name is Jillian and this is a few things about Dr. Markey‘s story. My favourite part in Dr. Markey’s story is when he said he met hennery on top of the bus where all the bags were kept. I liked that part because it’s a different way of meeting people and a dangers way. My connection to the story is when he said the two people burnt their eyes because they took off their sunglasses. My connection is when it’s sunny and really bright my right eye makes everything brighter and so it hurts if it’s too bright. DR. Markey I have a question for you if you had another chance back then would you try and climb Mount Everest again? I leaned that you can met friends in different and strange places.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Jillian.
      I don’t think I would go back to Mt. Everest again at this point. There are lots of mountains to climb around here and many other places in the world that I would love to explore.

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  26. Meeting friends on the Roof was a very interesting story.
    My favourite part of the story is when Mr. Markey and Henry met because when they did that’s when the story began.
    The connection I have with Mr. Markey’s story is when I met my cousins. I felt like I could trust them even though that was the first time I could remember meeting them.
    I think the main idea of the story is Trust, and Safety because in the story Mr. Markey had to trust Henry to climb the mountains with him and Safety because Mr. Markey had told us that a couple got blinded because they took off their sunglasses off on the top of a mountain
    Something that I will never forget is when Mr. Markey told us that two people died trying to climb one of the mountains and that Mountain climbing is very dangerous.

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  27. My favorite part is when you helped the men. The tuck there sun glasses of and burned the eyes out. And it is cool that you helped my connection is I go on class hikes. And they are really tiring but it is nothing compared to what you did. And I think the main idea is. Claiming. And one thing I will never forget is how cool you need to be to climb Mount Everest.

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