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Into Thin Air: Kisah Tragis Pendakian Everest

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Sagarmatha atau Dewi Langit, itulah julukan Everest, puncak tertinggi di dunia. Para pendaki dan ahli geologi menganggapnya tidak indah, terlalu besar, lebar dan kasar. Namun keanggunan arsitektural yang tidak dimiliki Everest itu diimbangi oleh massanya yang besar dan menakjubkan. Belum lagi kisah-kisah mengguncang tentang berbagai upaya penaklukannya menambah reputasi ke ...more
Paperback, 584 pages
Published 2008 by Qanita (Mizan Group) (first published 1997)
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Raghavendra Nandyala It is very difficult to bring bodies and involves too much risk because of the environment. Descending carrying a weight with almost no air and…moreIt is very difficult to bring bodies and involves too much risk because of the environment. Descending carrying a weight with almost no air and obstructed vision is a big task.(less)
J.H. Moncrieff Novel, definitely. I found it almost impossible to put this book down. While there is quite a bit of technical info, as Karis said, I never found it…moreNovel, definitely. I found it almost impossible to put this book down. While there is quite a bit of technical info, as Karis said, I never found it too much or that it slowed down the story.

And I'm not typically interested in mountaineering at all. Krakauer's story is one of humanity and survival at its heart.(less)
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Life got you down? Then join us on a guided expedition led by Capital Stupidity Inc. as we climb to...


For the bargain price of $65,000,*[1] we will take you on the adventure of a lifetime full of scenic views,*[2] camaraderie,*[3] and athleticism.*[4]

Worried that you lack the necessary climbing experience?
Don’t be discouraged!*[5] While Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, it is not the most technically challenging climb. And in addition to our expert

seriously, it is time to just raze everest and be done with it already. i mean, it's big and impressive but it is just taking up all this room and killing people so why do we even need it anymore?? can't we just get over it? really, i think it has reached its peak and is all downhill from here.

shameless punning aside.

so this started out as an article that KRAKAUER was asked to write for outside magazine about the commercialization of everest. it should embarrass us that s
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently attended the Banff mountain film festival in Canada. One of the key speakers was Simone Moro, the close friend of Anatoli Boukreev, the climber who was killed in an avalanche several years ago on Annapurna and whom Krakauer pretty much vilifies in this book as not having done enough to save the lives of those caught in the blizzard on Mount Everest in May of 1996. Needless to say, the vibe in the room was chilly whenever the subject of Krakauer's version of events came up; he was accu ...more
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mountaineers, adventure lovers, crazy people
Shelves: non-fiction
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 more than one time, and I don’t often talk to myself while I am reading a book.

(I almost want to post a picture of a LOLcat with a caption that says “This buk wuz gud,” but I don’t have one.)

So…These are a few things I learned from reading this book:

1. If a person decides to climb Everest, the
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics, and others with a shaky hold on reality.”

Chicago commercial photographers

Welcome to one of Kelly’s creepy obsessions! (Advance apologies - this might get rambly.) Okay, so I’m totally obsessed with all things Everest and CAN. NOT. WAIT. to see the movie that details the same tragic events which are covered in this book (even though just watching the preview in IMAX 3-D made me have
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction. I prefer to listen to podcasts or interviews, rather than read straight-up non-fiction about a certain topic. And as someone who isn't particularly interested in climbing or sports in general, this wouldn't be a book that I'd normally read. But I'm so glad that I did.

It definitely reads more like a memoir, since the author was present for the events of the story. That made it a much more palatable read for me, rather than a
Petra Eggs
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into Thin Air or Injustice (of many kinds) on the Mountain.

Until 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. Its also disappointing because few individuals do it by themselves, without a
I can't even imagine how Jon Krakauer was able to write this story which came out
in 2007, just one year after the deadly expedition in May 1996....where nine climbers
were killed on Mount Everest.

Krakauer is an astonishing journalist, and writer. His telling 'this' story was particularly
compelling being an experienced climber himself. He was physically there when the tragedy took place.

"Descending from Camp Four after the storm, at 25,000 feet, Krakauer turned to look back
at the upper reach
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note to self: take climbing Everest off bucket list.
Jonathan Ashleigh
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well told. At times I felt oxygen deprived and often this made me unaware of tragedy. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction but this is worth a read.
Jon Krakauer standing on the summit of Mt. Everest.

"Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice out of my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared down into the vastness of Tibet".

You have heard the saying, "truth is stranger than fiction". In this case truth is more frightening, more compelling than fiction. This is the first hand account of the 1996 tragedy on Mt. Everest that claimed the lives of 12 mountaineers, many of the
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Arah-Leah Hay
Shelves: top, i-said, lets-get-real
Several authors and editors I respect counseled me not to write the book as quickly as I did; they urged me to wait two or three years and put some distance between me and the expedition in order to gain some crucial perspective. Their advice was sound, but in the end I ignored it- mostly because what happened on the mountain was gnawing my guts out. I thought that writing the book might purge Everest from my life. It hasn’t of course.

But it is the way this reads, as Jon Krakauer, a client of R
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-realz
Read within the span of 10 hours. This is not a hard read, well, if you take out the subject matter.
I picked this up because 'Into the Wild' has been out or on hold for months at the library so I thought I'd at least get a feel for Jon Krakauer's writing style.
I also have to admit that it wasn't the writing style that sold me, not that it isn't well done, but usually I'm not drawn to 'personal accounts' or non-fiction, in general, unless it is a subject that really fascinates me. I'm an escapi
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
If Krakauer's intention was to kill all of our romantic ideas about mountain climbing with this book, he undoubtedly succeeded. Whatever idealistic notions of bravery, athleticism, adventure, and brotherhood I had about this "sport", are now gone forever.

What Krakauer delivers instead is a very tough picture of people who are ready to risk their lives and lives of those around them (guides, Sherpas, rescue workers) for the purpose of satisfying some masochistic macho aspirations of theirs or, ev
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caroline by: Jon

May 10, 1996 was a very, very bad day to be climbing to “the roof of the world.” On that day, journalist and avid mountain climber Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest with a group as part of a guided expedition. He was on assignment for “Outside” magazine and was one of the few in his group to survive this expedition after a ferocious storm hit out of the blue. Into Thin Air is as much a meticulous detailing of this tragedy as it is a personal catharsis, and he says
I'm just going to come out and say it: I just don't get it.

Even after reading this book, I just cannot understand why anybody would want to climb Everest. If nobody had ever done it before, I could understand it from the perspective of exploration and new discoveries, but this is a mountain that has now been climbed so often it has a serious garbage problem. From Jon Krakauer's descriptions in this book, it actually sounds like a bit of a shithole (or the opposite of a hole, I suppose).

Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About a year ago, I read a book called Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth which was basically all about finding the basement of the earth. A group of cave divers descended into a seemingly bottomless cave full of all sorts of unknown danger. For some reason after finishing it, I didn’t return to any exploration books even though this tale fascinated me. It wasn’t until recently when I listened to an episode of Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier’s SModcast in which Mosier r ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This is probably the best climbing book I have read despite the controversy surrounding some aspects. It was as enthralling as books like Endurance and as readable. I was with the author on the mountain and felt the terrible pain of the losses they endured, the guilt of the survivors and the many "what ifs" after the event.

The author relays his personal experiences climbing Everest in 1996 with a number of groups. This was the tragic year when many of the participants didn't make it off the moun
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon Krakauer is a student of extreme behaviors and those who engage in them, and he happened to be on Mt. Everest during the notorious May 10-11, 1996, disaster. A series of seemingly minor mishaps, oversights, and questionable decisions kept climbers moving up the mountain hours later than any reasonable turnaround time. At 29,000 feet, that would have been bad enough given cold, hypoxia, and a finite supply of supplemental oxygen, but an unexpected storm that moved in from the south turned a p ...more
Alissa Patrick
This book was insane. No way in hell. These people are nuts.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

My 5 star rating reflects both the quality of the book and a lifetime passion for mountains. I've devoured in the past all books and magazine articles I could find, following climbers from Cerro Torres to Eiger or Matterhorn, Trango Towers, Kilimanjaro or McKinley. The Jewels in the Crown have always been the Himalayan peaks, with their musical names promising adventure and fame to the bold and determined climber: Nanga Parbat, Makalu, Annapurna, Kangchenjunga, Chomolungma, Lhotse, Dhaulagiri, G
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what shelf to put this on. So I made up a new one, lacking the number of characters needed, this shelf should be called, true stories about things I would never do or try to do. But maybe that is a lie. Like Krakauer I too have had a near death experience while engaged in 'climbing', like the doomed people in this book, my own life was possibly endangered by faulty decisions made by those who are being paid to know better. My own experience is pretty undramatic, and was rectified i ...more
Viv JM
Unfortunately, the sort of individual who is programmed to ignore personal distress and keep pushing for the top is frequently programmed to disregard signs of grave and imminent danger as well. This forms the nub of a dilemma that every Everest climber eventually comes up against: in order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you're too driven you're likely to die. Above 26,000 feet, moreover, the line between appropriate zeal and reckless summit fever becomes grievously thin. Thus ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like travelling
I have never read a non-fiction which was literally unputdownable, the way this book was. I just couldnt keep it aside for a minute and finished reading it in 2 days! I dont remember finishing a non-fiction that fast. Now it is one of my all-time favourites.

I love to travel and I am adventurous at heart (even though I have never done anything adventurous in my life). As a result, I reallyyyyy liked this book.

"In order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you're too driven you're lik
David Schaafsma
I love this book. I listened to it on a road trip from Chicago to New Orleans on my spring break, 2004. It's funny, because spring break for northerners is often about heading south to warmth, and all I remember about the driving part of this trip south was climbing freezing cold and oxygen-starved Mount Everest as this incredibly gripping tragedy took place there. I was THERE, on that mountain. You know, some nights I get up for whatever reason and I can't see anything, proceeding from my bed t ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The book is a chronicle of the events that occurred on May 10 -11, 1996, when a blizzard struck Mount Everest on the day when numerous individuals and groups were attempting to ascend the mountain. Eight people died that day, making it, at the time, the deadliest day in the mountain’s history.

A non-fiction book written by a journalist, one of the strengths of the book is actually it’s lack of journalistic detachment. The author, Jon Krakauer was there that day, on assignment from Outside magazin
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, disaster
Enjoyed the book. Very enlightening of how the human body reacts to high altitudes, and how important even the smallest decision is to survival. Was surprised of the extremely unsanitary conditions upon arrival at the Lobuje village climbers had to endure, and the cost for permits to climb, YIKES!!
Alice Lippart
Though I understand that this might have some flaws, as it is told from one mans perspective, I thought this was harrowing, fascinating and well written, and I don't know how it could've been done any better.
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The subtitle says it all: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster . This is Krakauer’s first-person account of the Everest expedition in May 1996 that resulted in the death of six climbers, and severe injuries to several others.

In good physical condition, and attached to one of the premier guides on the mountain, Krakauer was the first to make the summit on May 10th. When he began his descent, there were still some twenty people trying to ascend to the
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, audiobook

I enjoyed this, well as much as you can enjoy people dying on a hillside. But what an interesting listen this was, from the start offering a history of those trying to conquer the tiny Himalayan hill to the ill fated season of '96 that saw a number of climbers, both clients and guides, perish in the then worst season in terms of deaths.

I couldn't imagine trying to do what these guys do. It's epic. To go through the intense acclimatisation period alone sounds ridiculous but then to try and r
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Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer, well-known for outdoor and mountain-climbing writing.
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