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Author Krakauer, Jon.

Title Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster / Jon Krakauer
Edition First edition
Published New York : Villard, [1997]


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 MELB  796.522 Kra/Ita  AVAILABLE
Description xx, 293 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement
When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated
Notes Map on lining papers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 293)
Subject Krakauer, Jon., 1954-
Krakauer, Jon.
Adventure Consultants. Guided Expedition (1996 : Mount Everest)
Mountain Madness (Firm). Everest Expedition (1996)
Mount Everest Expedition (1996)
Mount Everest Expedition
Mountaineering accidents -- Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
Mountaineering expeditions -- Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
LC no. 96030031
ISBN 0679457526 (alk. paper)