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Into Thin Air

A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster

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Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest 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 timeless questions.

Product code: 9781447200185

ISBN 9781447200185
Publisher Pan Macmillan
No. Of Pages 352
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H197xW130xS22
On Sale Date 01/09/2011
Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest.