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Title: Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer

Rating out of 5:
Reviewed by: Art Baker
Date: 2011-05-22

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Art Baker

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  English

 

  8 people died on Mt. Eversest in 1996, The worst year recorded for deaths on the mountain. Into Thin Air is a true story written by Jon Krakauer, a survivor from the 1996 expedition. The book takes you through the entire expedition. From the arrival in Napal to the very end. The author decribes each event so well that you feel like you are actually there on the mountain. The book focuses mostly on a single day, May 11 when the team made the decision to try and summit the  mountain. Little did they know there was a huge storm that would cause many problems for the team. Most of the climbers where skilled technical climbers but many of them had no 8000 meter or more experience. The team's lack of high altitude climbing definitaly caused many of the problems. The skys started to look bad when the people at the lead of the pack where about to reach the summit. They had to decide whether to go back or keep going. They decided to continue climbing. Once they got to the summit a heavy storm had started and they were beginning to run out of oxygen tanks. And there were still people on their way up. When the climbers at the top started their decsent they could not see anything due to the intense snowfall. They ended up getting lost and freezing to death. Meanwhile, The climbers who were at the back had ran out of oxygen, causing some of the climbers to get altitude sickness. Jon Krakauer and a few other climbers were lucky enough to make their way down to camp 4 before they froze to death. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in adventure. Because Into Thin Air really tells the 1996 disaster on Everest very well.


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