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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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Jun 11, 09

bookshelves: 2009, non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

So what really happened on the top of Mt. Everest in 1996? According to author Jon Krakauer, no major mistakes were made....just numerous small ones that contributed to the worst climbing season to date (as of 1997) on the "roof of the world."

From sherpas, to guides, to people who shouldn't have even stepped foot above base camp there seems to been enough blame for everyone. It is a remarkable story of physical determination, confusion, high altitude sickness impairing judgment and reflexes and ultimately, unfortunately, a "he said/he said" tale of sorry, death and triumph at the approximate cruising altitude of an airplane.

Jon Krakauer weaves an incredibly true story in such a way that leaves the unfamiliar reader of mountaineering feeling right at home with Jon, Scott, Rob and others of that ill-fated climbing expedition.

It is well worth the read.
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