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Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
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May 03, 2012

it was amazing

collection of essays and magazine articles about mountain climbing (sometimes his own, as in excellent piece on solo ascent of Devil's Thumb in Alaska at age of 23; but mostly about others). Great piece on a year at K2 that saw particularly high casualty rate, another about a pair of British twin climbers and the lifestyles they adopted in support of their climbing habits, and so on.

Obviously, the subject matter is inherently exciting and suspenseful, but from reading a decent number of such books I know most writers are not nearly as good as Krakauer at it. He educates you some about the technicalities (equipment, holds, etc.) without bogging down, has interesting takes on the personalities and the issues (e.g., ethics of sticking together as a team no matter what vs. abandoning some to save others in a disaster), and has a great sense of pacing.

Jon Krakauer, you are to mountain writing what Bill James was in the 1980's to baseball writing -- noticeably better than the genre, and I'd read anything you write.
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