From the start of this book journalist/mountain climber Jon Krakauer had my undivided attention. My husband and I recently watched Everest again and this inspired us to read the book, Into Thin Air.
Excellent writing, you feel like you are reading a novel about a first hand account of the hellish push to climb a mountain.
Having zero knowledge about mountain climbing, the tools of the trade or the almost maniacal desire to reach a summit I was was fascinated.
The conditions deteriorate so rapidly that you'd best be ready to admit defeat and return to home base.... or chance losing your life to power through conditions a human body was never meant to endure. There is speculation that so many seasoned climbers may not have died if it weren't for Krakauer's presence. The guides Rob Hall and Scott Fischer were in competition so Krakauer's article for Outside magazine would boost their business.
Anatoli Boukreev, a professional climber and member and guide of Scott Fischer's group, Mountain Madness, was painted in a rather harsh light. I would like to read Boukreev's book as well as I'm sure there are differences in the account of the 1996 Mt. Everest's disaster. Boukreev went back out into the blizzard conditions to search for his teammates. Krakauer made it into his tent and was physically unable to help with any search efforts. Absolutely no judgement here but there are many who feel Krakauer didn't do enough. Who knows. It's amazing enough anyone survived that ill fated expedition.
Again, fantastic writing and I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. It's on my agenda to read Into the Wild by Krakauer before the year is out.