Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer
Read by Jon Krakauer

Random House Audio Publishing Group | August 7, 2007 | Audio Book (CD) |

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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer''s--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer''s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 4.72 × 5.91 × 0.79 in

Published: August 7, 2007

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739343793

ISBN - 13: 9780739343791

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer
Read by Jon Krakauer

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 4.72 × 5.91 × 0.79 in

Published: August 7, 2007

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739343793

ISBN - 13: 9780739343791

About the Book

From the author of "Into the Wild" comes the story of the headline-making and worst disaster on Mt. Everest, that took the life of eight climbers, including seasoned guides, Scott Fischer and Rob Hall. 5 CDs.

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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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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer''s--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer''s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

About the Author

Mountain climber and writer Jon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1954. He worked as a carpenter and fisherman and wrote articles on mountain climbing throughout the latter half of the 1970s. By 1980, he wrote regularly for Outside magazine and has written for such publications as National Geographic, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Krakauer wrote In the Wild, but is best known for Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster.

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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