Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt Everest Disaster Summary Æ 5

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Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt Everest Disaster Summary Æ 5 À 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 clLuding Krakauer's in guilt ridden disarray would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disast. This is not a review I don’t feel like writing a review for this book but I feel like I should at least say something about it because I did enjoy it I mean it did make me utter “Jesus Christ” out loud than one time and I don’t often talk to myself while I am reading a bookI almost want to post a picture of a LOLcat with a caption that says “This buk wuz gud” but I don’t have oneSoThese are a few things I learned from reading this book1 If a person decides to climb Everest they are likely to encounter dead bodies along the route up to the summit2 Lobuje which is on the way to Everest Base Camp is a place that overflows with human excrement While Krakauer was there in 1996 he wrote Huge stinking piles of human feces lay everywhere; it was impossible not to walk in it Lovely Insert “Want to get away from it all” commercial here3 Without the assistance of Sherpas it is unlikely that climbers would be able to reach the summit at all Besides schlepping tons of your crap they also know the way and they place climbing ropes and in some instances repair ladders so people will be able to ascend the trickier places The place would also be a lot dirtier without them because they are partially responsible for removing some of the trash that Everest has accumulated over the years One camp reported having around a thousand empty canisters of supplemental oxygen as I said below in a review comment so I might as well stick it in here too4 In 1996 it cost 65000 to be a client on a guided tour climbing Everest5 It is very easy to develop high altitude sicknesses andor hallucinations as a climber gets closer to the summit In fact the every manwoman for himherself attitude that people had whether or not they had to have it in order to survive was than a little disturbing On this particular excursion two climbers got stuck on the mountain during a storm They spent the night at 28000 feet without shelter or supplemental oxygen and were believed to be dead The guide sent to look for them the next day found them barely breathing after chipping off three inches of ice from their faces Believing that they were beyond help he left them there One of the climbers my personal hero woke up from his coma hours later and was lucid enough to get himself back down to one of the camps Sure he lost half an arm his nose and all of the digits on his other hand to frostbite but he's still aliveOh and sure the events that happened on Mt Everest in 1996 were tragic but I do think the people who climb it know what they are risking

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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. i havent left my house in 37 days and i think its finally getting to me because after reading this i immediately thought ‘climbing everest sounds like fun’ its official ive gone insanei feel beyond guilty for finding so much fascination with what was the most horrific moment in krakauers life i am a terrible human but i honestly couldnt put this down there is just something about krakauers writing that makes me think his grocery lists are eually alluring and knowing how personal this was for him made this book that much captivating for me i loved how this is formatted the way the facts are presented and how coherent the timeline and his commentary is just everything about this invites the reader in in such an informative and also highly emotionally way i truly cant imagine what i would have done or how i would currently feel if i was in his shoes but i am so grateful that he felt the desire to share and document this story so tragic and yet so fascinating ↠ 45 stars

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Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt Everest DisasterSaw nothing that suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down He was wrong The storm which claimed five lives and left countless inc. Into Thin Air or Injustice of many kinds on the MountainUntil almost the end this book was exactly as I expected it to be with just one exception It was the story of a journalist climbing Mount Everest both as a journalist and as a mountaineer Ideal getting paid to do your hobby It was interesting because Krakauer is a damn good writer and because its fascinating to see the details of how the mountain is climbed It's also disappointing because few individuals do it by themselves without a major support like the guy who bicycled all the way around Europe to Nepal and then climbed the mountain alone I would have liked to have read his story but it was only alluded to in the book I later read his book Ultimate High My Everest Odyssey For everyone else its a package tour for the fit and not necessarily experienced who want to climb Everest and have an awful lot of spare cash Transport is arranged tents are set up luggage is carried there will be steaming hot tea awaiting the climbers on their return to their tents after an expedition and if they really can't climb well they can be short roped and pulled up Short roped is the climber roping themselves with a less than one metre rope to the waist of the would be climber and literally hauling them up Still even with all this portering and pampering I was surprised that the first climbers of the season using last year's ropes fitted ropes up Everest so that the climbers didn't have to set their own More than that the really difficult bits got ladders installed But no matter how many shortcuts and easements they are able to achieve there are two things that can neither be predicted nor controlled One is altitude sickness which in some forms can kill very uickly and in others causes mental delusions that led one of the team to his death And the other is the weather 15 climbers died the year Krakauer climbedAt the beginning of this review I mentioned there was one exception to my expectations for this book based on several books I have read by this author The exception was one extraordinary chapter full of the most vituperative nastiness against a socialite climber I didn't know why it was there He didn't get any nicer towards her as the book progressed either but then he said that when he was writing the book he had a 75 minute phone conversation with her Either she didn't know what he'd written I would never bother wasting time on someone who had that little respect for me and intended to tell the world or he didn't write it until after the phone conversation My only reaction to the chapter was thinking that the author was such a damn bitchThe last chapter was tremendously interesting Krakauer had not had much respect for another of the climbers the guide and tour leader Anatoli Boukreev He felt that Boukreev was fulfilling his own ambitions of climbing than in sticking to his job of helping others to climb and looking after their safety Boukreev wrote his own book saying that Krakauer had not mentioned certain incidents somewhat detrimental to himself and that he had made some observational errors either through oxygen deprivation or wilfullness and gave his own version of the climb This argy bargy went back and forth in print and on tv and this chapter is Krakauer defending himself Sadly Boukreev a climber par excellence was buried under an avalanche on Annapurna the following year in 1997 so we will never get to hear what he thought of Krakauer's defenceThe book is worth reading because the Sherpas have always been sidelined in stories of climbing Everest As if it is somehow praiseworthy for a White man to climb the mountain and its nothing really for the Sherpas who can just hop up and down like monkeys carrying all the loads while the white man Climbs This book sets the record straight The mountain could not be the business it is without the