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Into Thin Air

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ISBN13: 9780330353977
ISBN10: 0330353977
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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 his 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 fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people — including himself — to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

Into the Wild is available on audio, read by actor Campbell Scott.

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This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

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The detailed and harrowing story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in an atrocious storm, and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure and the effects of altitude. Krakauer reveals the complex network of decisions which left a group of amateurs fighting for their lives in the sub-zero cold above 26,000 feet - in what experienced climbers call "the death zone". 8pp colour illus.

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FredL, February 25, 2007 (view all comments by FredL)
Even if you already know the story of the deadly Mt. Everest expeditions of 1996, you will appreciate Jon Krakauer's own first person account of the Adventure Consultants and the Mountain Madness groups. Both of these expeditions were led by well-seasoned Everest climbers---Rob Hall from New Zealand and Scott Fischer from the States--and had the aid of expert guides, Sherpas from Nepal and "outsiders". But we soon find that even these experienced people are not immune from the human frailties of greed, denial and self-serving. Those Achilles' heels will cause both expeditions to completely fall apart. At the same time, human error combined with the unforgiving terrors of high altitude climbing sets the scene for heroism in many of the climbers and crew.
Krakauer, a journalist who signed on with Hall's expedition to do a story for Outside magazine, doesn't disappoint as weaver of a tale. I took the book everywhere with me while reading it, always eager to find out what would happen next.

If a book that explores deftly our desire to reach an unreachable summit appeals to you....especially when that book does not shy away from the tragedy caused when the desire to reach it undoes common sense and humanity....I highly recommend "Into Thin Air."

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780330353977
Subtitle:
(a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster )
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
London
Subject:
Mountaineering accidents
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
103-797
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xxii, 293 p., 8 p. of pla

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Product details xxii, 293 p., 8 p. of pla pages PAN BOOKS LTD (ENGLAND) - English 9780330353977 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.
"Synopsis" by , The detailed and harrowing story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in an atrocious storm, and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure and the effects of altitude. Krakauer reveals the complex network of decisions which left a group of amateurs fighting for their lives in the sub-zero cold above 26,000 feet - in what experienced climbers call "the death zone". 8pp colour illus.
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