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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account Of The Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer

Random House Publishing Group | April 22, 1997 | Hardcover

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account Of The Mount Everest Disaster is rated 4.425 out of 5 by 40.
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 of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world.  A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall''s team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

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 eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

Into the Wild is available on audio, read by actor Campbell Scott.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.69 × 6.54 × 1.17 in

Published: April 22, 1997

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679457526

ISBN - 13: 9780679457527

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging, in depth look at the dangers of Everest My late 2013 interest with Everest started with clicking on a documentary on Netflix that was intriguing and left me wanting to know more. After reading countless articles online about various Everest expeditions, "Into Thin Air" kept emerging as the leading must have read. I purchased a copy from Chapters, and was done in three days. Into Thin Air gives an in depth, albeit biased, account of the May 1996 summits in which many lives were lost. I would love to read more about the other climbers perspectives, but find that the author has done an excellent job providing the reader a far greater account of what an Everest expedition is like than any documentary or news article will. Krakauer provides many details about the the various climbers on the mountain, the circumstances of each day, and decisions that were made. He touches on errors he made himself, both on the mountain and after his descent. A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It will haunt you. There's an obvious parallel between "summit madness," that need a climber feels to risk life and limb to overtake the world's greatest peak, and how this book hangs on you as and after you read it. The account of Krakauer's own experiences in the 1996 Everest disaster is riveting. This is a classic of the non-fiction genre, written and researched with a masterful flair that sets it on the already-impressive level it would occupy just with his first person account. It's much more than that, though. It's a triumph of the genre. Krakauer provides us the history of Everest climbs, a good deal of alpine lore and technical info, and he tells it in a style that grips the mind. It's a harrowing read. The chapters detailing with the disastrous events of May 10 and 11 as three groups attempt the summit will leave you gasping and shaking. Quite simply one of the greatest works of non-fiction ever.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Damn good read I'm not a climber though I love outdoor & wilderness adventure and trekking. This is one of the best climbing adventure books I have ever read. It tells the story of Everest's most tragic season. Whether you are an active outdoorsperson or an armchair dreamer you cannot fail to be moved by the story and Krakauer's recounting of it. There is a wide debate about the accuracy of Krakauer's narrative. I cannot judge that but I will say that with so many unknowns there is bound to be error although the nature of the high alpine lends itself to many unknowns and hence much supposition. The narrative reads like a long magazine essay - illuminating, easy to follow, a few twists and turns and just a damn good read
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nature's Wrath! True life account of climbers trapped on Mount Everest and their quest for survival. I was hoping for more information on the formation of the Himalaya Mountain range and more insights into each of the affected climbers. Yes, the story is real and dramatic but I found it quite distant and cold requiring more of a human touch. Still not a bad read.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Must Read This!! I have wanted to read this personal account of the Mount Everest disaster for some years now, and I have finally done so. This is a very vivid memoir, and if you as a reader ever had a romanticized notion of what climbing Everest would be like, Krakauer puts them to bed. Beyond his initial excitement at the prospect of acheiving his life-long goal of summiting Everest, he does not glamorize this climb in any way. Instead, he takes his reader back to that mountain with him. Nothing is left to the imagination, you smell every smell, feel every ache, gasp for every breathe, feel every degree below zero, and he will wring you out emotionally as he takes you to the brink of madness, it is raw, the way only a survivor could tell it, but you will not be able to put this book down. The fact that there were any survivors at all is a testimony to the human survival instinct, and the unbelievably selfless acts of heroism juxpositioned against the unimaginable decisions that had to be made, are a testimony to the human spirit. Although this book is 15 years old, it will definitely be making my Top Ten Best Reads for 2011, and though it is a tough read emotionally, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous and a Must Read This is one of those books that will stay with you forever. I listened to the audio book which was read by the author. To him telling you this story in his own voice - this true story- was amazing. It is the story of trip to the top of Mount Everest. He was hired by Outdoor Magazine to write a story about the tours to the top of Everest - how there was a lot of debate about these "tour groups" as opposed to real climbers. You know there is disaster coming and as you learn to like and enjoy these people you are so worried as to who is going to die. The IMAX Everest movie is being taped during this same season on Everest so if you have seen that movie you have seen some of the story. It was so moving and terrifying. Jon Krakauer wrote the article quickly after the horrible experience and it turns out some things were wrong. You can feel his regret through out this book as he tries to get the story right for the families of the other climbers. I couldn't stop listening to this book. I highly recommend this emotional fascinating read.
Date published: 2008-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I had a difficult time putting this book down. 'Into thin air' is a well written account of an extremely tragic event. The book is so well detailed and thorough that you feel like you are there on Mnt. Everest. Interesting and shocking it will keep you captivated to the very end.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down. Was very interesting to read the personal struggle of people who attempt to Climb the Tallest peak. Parts of this book made me doubt the true intent of 'helping your fellow man'... and others made me realize Greed controls some people at the oddest moments. It was a slower start, but the back story and introduction truely helps with the story later on.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! This book had me on edge the entire time I read it. I felt like I was there with them gasping for air. The writing made me feel as though I could see every crevasse on Everest.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking! What an amazing book. It really made me think and wonder about how we live in community. What drives us? When do we help a neighbour, friend, stranger? It was an obvious struggle to write the book and you could really hear that.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for a start Interesting book, get me hooked on "Mountains". Now I am "Chair mountaineer" :) But don't stop on this one. Read more about Boukreev and Joe Simpson or you will not have full picture not only that event but whole mountaineering culture.
Date published: 2007-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review A haunting personal account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. I spoke to many of my friends about the events described within this book. I simply couldn't get it out of my mind. Krakauer is a superb writer, who knows how to draw intense emotions out of his readers. I would encourage everyone to read this book, regardless of their knowledge of Mount Everest or mountaineering. If nothing else, it will make you wonder how anyone in their right mind would willingly put themselves through so much pain.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read Nothwithstanding disagreements about Krakauer's journalistic integrity, how he may have unfairly portrayed certain individuals, use of supplemental oxygen, etc etc, Into Thin Air remains a thoroughly fun and enjoyable read. I picked this up and couldn't stop until I finished it - the climb up Everest was exhilarating, and the tragedy, as it unfolded page by page, was gripping.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Far from the best book about the 96 Everest season While I do enjoy Krakauer's books I am always annoyed by how much of them are about him. He is always moving away from the story to tell anecdotes about himself. Sometimes irrelevant ones. This is especially evident in "Into the Wild" but also occurs here. Incredibly frustrating with this book is his portrayal of Anatoli Boukreev. Krakauer makes too many unfair, unsubstantiated conclusions about the disaster and those regarding Boukreev seem the most agregious. Fortunately there are now several books on this event offering differing perspectives. If you liked this book be sure to read "The Climb" by Boukreev.
Date published: 2006-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "must" read book! I've read this book 6 times, and everytime I read it it's like the first time... You want to read one more chapter, and another, and another!
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your heart will skip a beat This is a must read for any Everest enthusiast. Although I will most likely never reach the summit but I felt like Krakauer guided me to the top in this masterpiece. Don't read this without supplemental oxygen!
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fasinating read I find Krakauer's writing to be, if anything, all the more compelling for it sparness. He brings you as close as you can get to the experience without actually being there and he does it with a real economy of effort. As for a hidden agenda, (?) I know not what it is too. But i think that's probably because it isn't there.
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One Side Of The Story If You want to read an implausible tale about an Everest Ascencion. Read this book. I'm not saying Krakauer never climbed Everest, because by all means he probably did. I'm suggesting Mr Krakauer's post-climb story is not credible. Like every apprentice customer on the 1996 Everest expedition, the author of this book was affected by the lack of oxygen. Thus, he was not utterly able to constate everything that went on as accurately as he described it . On the other hand if you want to read a good fiction the tale is very interesting. If you read this book make sure to read Anatoli Boukreev's The Climb afterwards. This way you can read objectively and decide for yourself who is right and who is wrong.
Date published: 2005-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Read A riveting account of a terrible tragedy. Despite this, it made me wish that I could climb Mount Everest too. I devoured three more books on Mount Everest after this one but none were as current or as enjoyable. I only wished that I had seen the movie!
Date published: 2002-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Arrogant Krakauer is known for his verbosity. This book is no exception. An interesting tale indeed but poorly written and highly, highly bias. His lack of journalistic integrity is apparent and anybody that has done any sort of research of the 1996 tragedy agrees - Krakauer has some alternative agenda, although we know not what that is. Don't read it.
Date published: 2002-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into Thin Air This was an amazing book. It was a very intriguing book because of the fact that it is meant more for older readers and is about something related to the outdoors.
Date published: 2002-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond the clouds While reading Jon Krakauer's account of this journey gone wrong, you can't help but feel you are also along for the ride. His descriptive prose leaves nothing to the imagination. Krakauer reaches new heights with Into thin Air.
Date published: 2001-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting and Mesmorizing One of the best books i've ever read. This book provides a first hand account of what happened in the tragic year of 1996 on Mt. Everest. This book brings the reader through the preparation to climb and through the actual climb itself and the harrowing descent. This book left me breathless and shocked and at a loss for words at how hard, dangerous and risky it is to climb one of the world's greatest wonders. This is an excellent book and I recommend to everyone who is thinking about reading it to read it.
Date published: 2001-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gasp incredible...
Date published: 2000-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book will wet you apetite... A quick, devouring read. This book had me spell bound, as I needed to get to the end. It inspired me to read more about climbing, and pushing the limits of human endurance and determination. It will wet your apetite to read more... After reading this story, one can understand the incredible pull of Mount Everest.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Felt like you were there!! I just finished reading this amazing and wonderfully written book, you felt as though you were on Everest with them. An amazing account of the adventure and danger that was encountered on Everest. An excellent book, easy to read and extremely interesting.
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Climbing Everest: Virtual Reality This book should be in our curriculum. The vivid descriptions, the intense emotions, the experience of climbing Everest - all will envelope your mind from the moment you begin reading this book. You will actually feel the cold, see the obstacles, & hear the voices of everyone who was there. If you enjoyed this book as much as I did, I recommend watching the IMAX film called "Everest" - you will hear a voice that will haunt you for a very long time.
Date published: 2000-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slick, fascinating, impossible to put down This book has become the definitive version of the tragic season on Everest in 1996. This is because it is the best written and most complete account. Boukreev's The Climb is an essential second version, and I would highly recommend reading that after reading this. As Krakaur himself admits, his brain was not working 100% correctly on the fateful days in question, as the oxygen content at 8800 metres is far below that required to sustain full human life and function. Thus, it cannot be considered the "true" account of what happened, but merely a "probable" account, and Boukreev disagrees with some of his interpretations. For pure reading value, however, this book is highly recommended. The account is fascinating, chilling, and haunting.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling After reading Jon Krakauer's article in Outside, I felt a true desire to read this book. It brings the reader into the climb and gives first hand details of what it takes to climb Everest. A very exciting book which I guarantee you will not be able to put down.
Date published: 1999-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get a balanced picture This was a wonderful book, and I enjoyed every page of the adventure, but please, if you read this book, read "The Climb" authored by Anatoli Boukreev and Weston DeWalt as well. If you don't you will end up with only half of the story. Please, get the balanced picture.
Date published: 1999-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a very compelling read. Krakauer describes the conditions during the '96' Everest climb such that non-climbers can begin to understand just what these individuals had to endure. It is a fascinating story that examines the human spirit when faced with a series of catastrophic events. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 1999-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into Thin Air/ Krakauer A true page turner, for sure! I had to read it twice to fully grasp what happened up there, plus to sort out the dozens of names and to remember who belonged to what group. But what was most regrettable to me was/is the guilt that plagues Krakauer after he chronicles the events....and there is no turning back the pages of time. Seems harsh and unfair because he was merely out to climb a mountain, and now he lives the rest of his life trying to handle guilt.
Date published: 1999-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into Thin Air I literally couldnt put this book down for three days, even reading as I was working in the summer heat. This book is riveting and incredibly tragic yet inspiring. I cried and I feared along with Krakauer. I highly recommend this book and it has bourne a love of climbing!
Date published: 1999-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNPUTDOWNABLE At the risk of being repetitious...what a thoughtful, gripping book! I read this exciting, tragic story while lying on a beach in Fla. in 90 degree heat, 2 years ago---I was chilled, and remember it vividly. Imagine experiencing such a trying, perilous five-and-a-half mile journey to the top of Everest and realizing you were only halfway finished...Mr Krakauer's account gives insight into courage, stamina, and the recklessness to which oxygen deprivation and pride can drive people, even experienced climbers. This is a must read!
Date published: 1999-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully heartwrenching! Into Thin Air totally and completely expresses Jon Krakaur's capabilities I am thirteen years old and this book moved me emmensely and gave me a frightening vision of Everest. This book is also the closest I'll ever get to the mountain and the author describes the journey like only a master of the english word can. I admit, I had never heard of Krakaur before Into Thin Air and wouldn't have read it if it hadn't have been a #1 bestseller but now I'm planning on reading Eiger Dreams and look forward to his ext title.
Date published: 1999-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gripping book This book is imposible to put down once you start. You know about the tragity but want to know the details. It is written from several perspectives from interviews after the event on Everest. The only thing that I didn't like in the book was the constant changing of the use of names. The author goes from using first names, last names and nick names. The list of people on the mountain in the front of the book helps here. A fun read for anyone who likes the outdoors.
Date published: 1999-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A BOOK OF ADVENTURE It is at times a gripping tale of a human psyche. It provided insightful views into the ways that people interact. It was interesting to see how some people persevered while others gave up, how some valued personal safety over personal pride. In addition it was an exciting and thrilling adventure.( My wife thinks it's a "guy's book".)
Date published: 1999-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We liked this book Anyone who has an interest in reading about Everest, or climbing in general, or is a fan of Krakauer's, will enjoy this book. It was fortunate that a writer of his calibre and background was on hand to witness the events which are described in this book. Plus, fans of Krakauer, especially those who have read "Eiger Dreams" will be happy to know that he got the chance to climb Everest. Reading Krakaeur is probably the closest most of us will ever get to climbing Everest, and he gives us a good description.
Date published: 1999-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an appreciation quite engrossing; I have always been fascinated by mountain climbing, but Everest has held a special appeal (highest, most famous). this book, however, brings the reader along on the climb like none other I have read; the pain and beauty of a climb like this is made quite real to the reader comfortably sitting in his/her living room.
Date published: 1999-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mother Nature's Fury A fascinating account of mother nature's fury and humankinds ability to cope. Entertaining, frightening, thought-provoking.
Date published: 1998-12-30

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account Of The Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.69 × 6.54 × 1.17 in

Published: April 22, 1997

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679457526

ISBN - 13: 9780679457527

Read from the Book

In March 1996, 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. 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 f
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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 of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world.  A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall''s team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

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 eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

Into the Wild is available on audio, read by actor Campbell Scott.

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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 of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world.  A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

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 eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

Into the Wild is available on audio, read by actor Campbell Scott.

About the Author

Jon Krakauer, author of three books, including the acclaimed bestseller Into the Wild, is a contributing editor of Outside Magazine.  He and his wife live in Seattle.

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time . . . a book of rare eloquence and power that could remain relevant for centuries."
--Galen Rowell, The Wall Street Journal
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