Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air 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.
In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 05 / 2017
- 153 x 235mm
The 1996 Mt Everest ws for a while the largest loss of human life on the mountain, and Jon Krakauer, intrepid journalist for Outside magazine, was privy to it all. He was a seasoned climber, alongside a veteran climb team, and by the end of the climb, some of them would remain on the mountain. Told with a completely brutal honest,
'Into Thin Air' is a must read by everyone. - Lewis (QBD)
Reading this made me question why ANYBODY would want to climb Mt Everest. The story of a 1996 expedition that went terribly wrong. Impossible to put down. - Amy (QBD)