Peak by Roland Smith
Peak Marcello finds himself facing jail time for scaling a skyscraper in NYC. As part of a plea deal, Peak is remanded into the custody of his father, the world famous mountain climber, Josh Wood. Josh is a narcissist, self absorbed and self promoting and has been largely absent from Peak's life. Josh sets up a climb of Everest, determined to make Peak the youngest climber to summit, if they can do it before his 15th birthday. Along the way, Peak learns what and who is important to him and makes some decisions that could change his life.
This was a well-written, fast-paced adventure that will definitely appeal to teen boys, especially the post Hatchet crowd. I don't know if it's the best of what is out there, but I can see giving it consideration. Yay.