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Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer

Personal Account of the Everest Disaster


This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, Outside" magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles "Into Thin Air" clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder tim

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Cordee Code: CNI014
Author: Jon Krakauer
No of Pages: 304
Page Size: 130 x 197 mm
ISBN 10: 1447200187
ISBN 13: 9781447200185
Publisher: Pan Books
Published Date: July 2011
Edition: 2 Rev ed , Jul-2011
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: 8 colour photos
Weight: 300g

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