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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains


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ISBN13: 9780385488181
ISBN10: 0385488181
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.

In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.

From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.


A brilliant collection in which Krakauer writes about battling peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and the Eiger — always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience.

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Paul McFarland, July 20, 2007 (view all comments by Paul McFarland)
In this collection of essays on climbing Jon Krakauer, the author of Into Thin Air looks at mountains and the people who climb them. Touching on many of the major summits in the world from K2 to the authors attempt on Eiger itself, we get a good introduction to the world of people who dream of the high places of the earth. A good solid read that is best appreciated inside by the fire.
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Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Krakauer, Jon
Krakauer, Jon
New York :
Essays & Travelogues
Special Interest - Adventure
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8.06x5.28x.47 in. .39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A brilliant collection in which Krakauer writes about battling peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and the Eiger — always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience.
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