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Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: New York : Villard, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. 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,  Read more...
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Named Person: Jon Krakauer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Krakauer
ISBN: 0679457526 9780679457527
OCLC Number: 36130642
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: xx, 293 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Jon Krakauer.
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A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. 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 in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

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One of the best books written about the '96 tragedy on Everest

by TrinDenise (WorldCat user published 2013-02-05) Excellent Permalink

I own and have read and watched every book and movie about Mount Everest. I have several regarding the tragedy in '96 when the freak storm moved in, trapping several climbers in the death zone. This book is by far one of the best that tells the story in chronological order and...
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A compelling read

by soxfan23 (WorldCat user published 2007-10-02) Excellent Permalink
In 1996, author Jon Krakauer was part of an expedition that set out to climb Mt. Everest. His original intent was to write an article for Outside magazine about the adventure. The result ended up being his best-selling book, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. As the name...
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