Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Author:Jon Krakauer The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived, in a definitive, firsthand account of the tragedy.
Very good read; kept me interested
from cover to cover - plus I learned
alot about mountain climbing and why
people do it - and one mans story of
the tragedy that happened on one
expedition - a good read!
From the dust jacket: "When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin has long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his felow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right had would have to be amputated."
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster on
When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...
Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense?
Anita L. reviewed Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster on
Great read! Gripping account of the author's personal experience on the disastrous Everest climb. I tore through it in just a couple days. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys personal adventure stories.
This book is riveting, one of the best books I've ever read. Jon Krakauer is an excellent writer, and after I read this book, I devoured everything I could find on the Mt. Everest Disaster that fateful May day. You absolutely will not be able to put this down until you are done, so call in sick and start reading. It's unbelievable what people put their bodies through, and it made me appreciate having a warm bed and a toilet nearby.