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Trail Reading: Into Thin Air

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Book review of Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

The story starts when author John Krakauer is assigned an article on Everest for Outside Magazine. The adventure that follows is far beyond what any magazine or members of the expedition expected. In this book, Krakauer turns to writing to deal with the experience of climbing Mount Everest.

The first part of the book covers the actual climb. You arrive at base camp and get to know the team learning about the different characters, motivations, and backgrounds. They begin the climb with standard difficulties that come along mountaineering such as adjusting to gear and acclimatization.

Krakauer interlaces examples and stories that give you a peak into the politics of Everest; the relationships between guiding companies, clients and sherpas.

As the reader climbs up with the team you see the storm hit and the catastrophic nature of the story begins to unravel. The book is gripping and the reader is constantly trying to figure out what's happening with the weather and the team. You see how the different characters make decisions during emergencies, deal with mass death, and work to keep themselves alive.

ÒWe were too tired to help. Above 8,000 meters is not a place where people can afford morality."

Highly recommended you too will question each decision, death, and showing of (or lack of) morality that riddles the Everest team.

Submitted by: Sarah Knapp

Categories: Education