Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a bestselling non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It details the author's experience at. Into Thin Air book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, bu. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster [Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, "Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time .

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 'Total bull': Into Thin Air author's opinion of Everest movie multiple fatalities, and whose subsequent book Into Thin Air became a bestselling. While the movie was based around several books written by survivors, it's journalist Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air, which seems to be the.

They paved the way for guided expeditions up Everest, and in turn received a lot of criticism. Another guided expedition team, Mountain Madness, began to compete with Adventure Consultants creating a rivalry. Both teams set out for the summit on the same day, and both found it imperative to get their clients to the top. Thus the slopes of Everest are littered with corpses.

Amidst some poor decision making and a brutal storm, not everyone made it back down alive. Those who did survive were scarred mentally and physically, having had to make tough decisions on who was worth saving and who would be left behind to die.

Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Jon Krakauer, a skilled mountain climber, made it back to camp in time. He fell asleep due to extreme exhaustion and believed his team was behind him, while m away several people were freezing to death, unable to locate camp. My only complaint about this book is that it seems Jon Krakauer had received much criticism after his article was published, so he felt he had to defend his actions on the mountain that day.

As an aspiring writer, it was upsetting to read through the lines and hear his struggle. Having only been to an altitude of m, I can tell you that your brain does not function normally.

It shows a small glimpse into the world of mountain climbing and the camaraderie and competition that goes along with it.

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In March , Outside Magazine sent me to Nepal to participate in, and write about, a guided ascent of Mount Everest. I went as one of eight clients on an expedition led by a well-known guide from New Zealand named Rob Hall.

On May 10 I arrived on top of the mountain, but the summit came at a terrible cost. Among my five teammates who reached the top, four, including Hall, perished in a rogue storm that blew in without warning while we were still high on the peak. By the time I'd descended to Base Camp nine climbers from four expeditions were dead, and three more lives would be lost before the month was out.

The expedition left me badly shaken, and the article was difficult to write. Nevertheless, five weeks after I returned from Nepal I delivered a manuscript to Outside , and it was published in the September issue of the magazine. Upon its completion I attempted to put Everest out of my mind and get on with my life, but that turned out to be impossible. Through a fog of messy emotions, I continued trying to make sense of what had happened up there, and I obsessively mulled the circumstances of my companions' deaths.

Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

The Outside piece was as accurate as I could make it under the circumstances, but my deadline had been unforgiving, the sequence of events had been frustratingly complex, and the memories of the survivors had been badly distorted by exhaustion, oxygen depletion, and shock.

At one point during my research I asked three other people to recount an incident all four of us had witnessed high on the mountain, and one of us could agree on such crucial facts as the time, what had been said, or even who had been present.

Within days after the Outside article went to press, I discovered that a few of the details I'd reported were in error. Most were minor inaccuracies of the sort that inevitably creep into works of deadline journalism, but one of my blunders was in no sense minor, and it had a devastating impact on the friends and family of one of the victims.

Only slightly less disconcerting than the article's factual errors was the material that necessarily had to be omitted for lack of space.

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Mark Bryant, the editor of Outside , and Larry Burke, the publisher, had given me an extraordinary amount of room to tell the story: Even so, I felt that it was much too abbreviated to do justice to the tragedy.

The Everest climb had rocked my life to its core, and it became desperately important for me to record the events in complete detail, unconstrained by a limited number of column inches. This book is the fruit of that compulsion.

The staggering unreliability of the human mind at high altitude made the research problematic. To avoid relying excessively on my own perceptions, I interviewed most of the protagonists at great length and on multiple occasions.

When possible I also corroborated details with radio logs maintained by people at Base Camp, where clear thought wasn't in such short supply. Readers familiar with the Outside article may notice discrepancies between certain details primarily matters of time reported in the magazine and those reported in the book; the revisions reflect new information that has come to light since publication of the magazine piece.

Several authors and editors I respect counseled me not to write the book as quickly as I did; they urged me to wait two or three years and put some distance between me and the expedition in order to gain some crucial perspective.

Their advice was sound, but in the end I ignored it -- mostly because what happened on the mountain was gnawing my guts out. I thought that writing the book might purge Everest from my life.

It hasn't, of course. Moreover, I agree that readers are often poorly served when an author writes as an act of catharsis, as I have done here.

But I hoped something would be gained by spilling my soul in the calamity's immediate aftermath, in the roil and torment of the moment. I wanted my account to have a raw, ruthless sort of honesty that seemed in danger of leaching away with the passage of time and the dissipation of anguish. Some of the same people who warned me against writing hastily had also cautioned me against going to Everest in the first place.

There were many, many fine reasons not to go, but attempting to climb Everest is an intrinsically irrational act -- a triumph of desire over sensibility.

Any person who would seriously consider it is almost by definition beyond the sway of reasoned argument. The plain truth is that I knew better but went to Everest anyway. And in doing so I was a party to the death of good people, which is something that is apt to remain on my conscience for a very long time.I enjoyed the majority of this, and I'll admit I fell down a bit of a black hole when it came to the controversy behind Krakauer's perspective.

So keen that they allowed some stragglers to continue to the summit up to 4pm that day. While there is quite a bit of technical info, as Karis said, I never found it …more Novel, definitely. Getting up a mountain is grinding your way through great pain in the knowledge that getting back down from the summit is more dangerous than getting up to it.

Only slightly less disconcerting than the article's factual errors was the material that necessarily had to be omitted for lack of space.

Books by Jon Krakauer. You would think that only the best of the best attempt Everest. He also gave lots of attention to the growing commercialization of climbing Mt.

He felt that Boukreev was more fulfilling his own ambitions of climbing than in sticking to his job of helping others to climb and looking after their safety.

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