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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Reviewed by- Andrea (2016/01/23, 02:03 PM)
I know this is an older book, but I desperately want to see the movie, and I always try to read the book first. I think what drew me to the book in the first place is I can't imagine why anyone would put themselves through the physical challenge and pain of climbing Mount Everest. I'm genuinely fascinated and maybe a bit envious of the discipline and stamina it takes to accomplish this endeavor. INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer is the actual story of a climbing exhibition to the top of Mount Everest gone terribly wrong. Several members of that expedition lost their lives, and the survivors lives were forever altered. I've heard the stories of Mount Everest in school and the news but was quite surprised to learn how commercial and costly climbing the mountain is, not to mention the training that's required. I found myself googling terms like sea level, highest peaks, oxygen at the top of a Mount Everest, etc.. I wanted to learn more about the mechanics of climbing Mount Everest and the people who would attempt the climb. As the author recounts the journey, his voice is sincere and somewhat tortured. He tells of the agony of the climb and the guilt he carries since returning from the trip. It's an incredibly exciting read. Read this book, it's a piece of historyBack.

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