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Into Thin Air

by Jon Krakauer

Author: Jon Krakauer

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Language: English

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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 o... Read more

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...instructor, Climbing became the center of his cosmos, and he never looked back. When fischer was eighteen and working at NOLS, he fell in love with a student in his course named jean Price. They were married seven years later, settled in Seattle, and had two children, Andy and Katie Rose (who were nine and five, respectively, when Scott went to Everest in 1996). Price earned her commercial pilot's license and became a captain for Alaska Airlines-a prestigious, well-paying career that allowed Fischer to climb full-time. Her income also permitted Fischer to launch Mountain Madness in 1984. mirrored 41 If the name of Hall's business, Adventure Consultants, Mountain Madness his methodical, fastidious approach to climbing, style. By his was an even more accurate reflection of Scott's personal early twenties, he had developed a reputation for a harrowing, damn the-torpedoes approach to ascent. Throughout his climbing career, but especially during those early years, he survived a number...

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lil_homi3z1

29 Nov 2010 23:42:06

not the greatist book in the world

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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.

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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.

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. 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.

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life lay behind me. Once on the mountain I knew (or trusted) that this would give way to total absorption with the task at hand. But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind. Thomas F. Hornbein Everest:

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