Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

SUMMARY: Classic book about climbing Mt Everest, and the tragedy of the Everest climbers of the 1996 season. This is one of my favorite books.

I read Into Thin Air when it first came out, and have read it several times since. Krakauer wanted to climb Mt Everest. He managed to get Outside magazine to sponsor his climb and he would write about his climb. There were multiple groups climbing the mountain that season, including Rob Hall and Scott Fischer. Jon Krakauer was in Rob Hall’s group. The book follows the various groups and they ascend the mountain. On the day that they summit Everest, a freak storm comes in. Krakauer disects the happenings of the day, and the mistakes that compounded leaving eight people dead including Hall and Fischer.
It is a very instense book. The phone conversation between Rob Hall as he was in the process of freezing to death on the side of the mountain, and his wife Jan Arnold in New Zealand is heartbreaking. This book reall brings home the realitys and dangers of mountain climbing.
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