Into Thin Air (Unabridged)


Written By: Jon Krakauer

Written By: Jon Krakauer

Length:7 hours and 47 min.

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Into Thin Air is the definitive, private account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and composer of Eiger Dreams and Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside journal, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas to report to the growing commercialization of the earth's highest mountain. Everest is definitely a hazardous mountain. From the initial British expeditions in the 20's until 1996, one climber has expired for ever 4 who have gained the summit. This surprising death toll has perhaps not set a damper to the burgeoning business of guided rises, nonetheless, in which amateur alpinists with alarmingly disparate skills are ushered up the mountain to get a $65,000 fee. To ascend to the thin, arctic atmosphere above 26,000 feet - the cruising altitude of a commercial jetliner - is an inherently irrational action. The surroundings is unimaginably harsh, the margin for error miniscule. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's open eyewitness accounts of what happened on the roofing of the globe is a remarkable achievement.