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Fascinating - a non-mountaineer's impression
on July 9, 2016
I first read Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild". The reason I read it is because I saw an article in a prominent newspaper about a woman who had gone missing while on a walk in the Adirondack Mountains. I am not at all brave when it comes to walking alone in the 'woods'. That doesn't mean I'm not fascinated by the idea. I found Into the Wild riveting and could not put it down. Jon Krakauer is an outstanding writer. I was quick to pick up "Into Thin Air" after my positive experience reading Into the Wild. When it comes to mountain-climbing, I have absolutely no ambition to climb a big mountain let alone a dangerous one like Everest, yet I am intrigued by the people who do. The author draws his reader into the heart of the 1996 guided Everest expedition, and he is very frank about his own experiences preparing for and summiting Everest on a day that everything went wrong. What I found interesting were the psychology of the climbers, the politics of prestige climbing and the physical and mental challenges that climbers face at such high altitudes. The only part of the book that I didn't enjoy was the length to which the author went to defend his position and that of others on the expedition - although I understand why he did - as to what happened on the fateful descent from the summit. Highly recommended reading.