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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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Dec 08, 2007

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

Yikes. While on assignment for Outside Magazine in May 1996, Jon Krakauer climbs Everest with a group led by the best climber in the world. Ultimately, only 5 of the original 12 make it back down the mountain alive. Writing this book seems like his attempt to deal with his guilt for surviving - trying to process what happened, what went wrong, and how his actions, or lack thereof, contributed to the deaths of people who had become his friends. All of the people on the mountain had to make agonizing life or death decisions under conditions that made clear thinking virtually impossible.

As a first-person account, Krakauer’s perspective is limited though he attempts to be as honest as possible in describing the events of the Everest Disaster. His account of certain people & many of his opinions with no sugar coating made people angry. But it is obvious that his sadness and his “what ifs” will haunt him for the rest of his life. What started as an adventure story full of potential triumph became a story of survival full of heartache, regret, and learning how to move on.
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