Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

by Jon Krakauer

Lyons Press | February 10, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice-people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, "The Devils Thumb," Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska's Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 in

Published: February 10, 2009

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599216108

ISBN - 13: 9781599216102

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mountains and their lure. Krakauer is a master at explaining what makes certain people want to climb mountains. There is a maxim that nothing is really fun that does not have an element of mortal danger. Hiking, skiing, deep sea fishing are all really fun but can be really dangerous. Also Krakauer delves into the mind set of the participants and the facilitators for serious hard rock climbing. For in stance he explains why the French refuse Swedish hiking teams lodging as being the really cheap, untaxed alcohol in France. The Swedes tend to go nuts and cause more trouble than they are worth. The book gets one into the psyche of a person who challenges all of the harshest aspects of nature to stand on top of Everest or the Eiger. A fascinating read.
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from short interesting stories I agree with the first review. Each chapter was interesting and captivating, but there wasn't much meat to the book, unlike Krakauer's other books.
Date published: 2010-02-23

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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

by Jon Krakauer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 in

Published: February 10, 2009

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599216108

ISBN - 13: 9781599216102

From the Publisher

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice-people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, "The Devils Thumb," Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska's Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

From the Jacket

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice-people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so hard to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy by comparison, and many more compelling and colorful characters. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most enthralling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

About the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of the best-selling Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Into Thin Air, and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series. His writings have been published in Outside, GEO, Architecture Digest, Rolling Stone, TIME, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the National Geographic.

Editorial Reviews

The author of Into Thin Air "has taken the literature of mountains onto a higher ledge." --New York Times Book Review "Armchair adventurers can't ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there." --Publisher's Weekly