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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It details the author's expedition up Mount Everest on May 10, 1996, which turned catastrophic when eight climbers were killed on one day by a 'rogue storm'. The author's expedition was led by the famed guide Rob Hall and there were other groups trying to summit on the same day, including one led by Scott Fischer, whose guiding agency, Mountain Madness, was perceived as a competitor to Rob Hall's agency, Adventure Consultants. Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... Jon Krakauer Jon Krakauer (born April 12, 1954), is an American non-fiction author and mountaineer, well-known for outdoor and mountain-climbing writing. ... “Everest” redirects here. ... May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (131st in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Rob Hall (1961-1996), New Zealander, was a mountaineer best known for being head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished. ... Scott Fischer (1956 – May 11, 1996) was an American climber and guide. ...

In the book, Krakauer writes about the events leading up to his eventual decision to partake in an Everest expedition, despite having given up mountain climbing long ago. Initially, Krakauer, being a journalist for Outside Magazine, stated that his intentions to climb Everest are purely professional. However, he later confesses that this was "bullcrap" and that his true intentions to climb Everest lie in the reawakening of his desire to climb mountains like the alpinist heroes of his childhood. From there, the book chronologically moves between events that take place on the mountain and the unfolding tragedy which takes place during the push to the summit. Outside is a magazine focused on the outdoors. ...

One of the most dramatic stories in the book is the experience of Beck Weathers. He was left for dead and later in an amazing fashion awoke and stumbled into camp severely frostbitten. His survival and rescue from the mountain is legendary. Beck Weathers is an American pathologist from Texas. ...

This book, being a rare first hand account of such a catastrophe, became a best seller. It also incited a controversy in the mountaineering community in its criticism of Anatoli Boukreev, an extremely experienced mountaineer who was serving as one of Fischer's guides and who had chosen to climb without using supplementary oxygen. Boukreev descended to Camp IV before Fischer's clients and was later instrumental in rescuing the survivors from the South Col. Boukreev later defended his decisions in his own book, The Climb. In addition, Beck Weathers also wrote a book about the disaster titled Left For Dead. Anatoli Nikoliavich Boukreev (January 16, 1958 - December 25, 1997) was a Russian climber who made seven ascents of 8,000 metre peaks without supplemental oxygen. ... The Climb is an account by Russian mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev of the May 1996 Mount Everest expeditions, during which five climbers lost their lives. ... Beck Weathers is an American pathologist from Texas. ...

A 1997 TV movie named Into Thin Air: Deaths on Everest starred Peter Horton as Scott Fischer and Christopher McDonald as Jon Krakauer. It followed Krakauer as he chronicled the expedition. The movie, however, is extremely dramatized and chronicles events that never happened on the mountain. The event was factually covered in the 1998 IMAX movie Everest, which was coincidentally being filmed in May 1996. The film crew interrupted their shoot to aid the distressed climbers. This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... Peter Horton (born August 20, 1953) is an American actor and director. ... Christopher McDonald Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... // February 14 - Sharon Stone marries Phil Bronstein. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX dome in Guayaquil, Ecuador IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display... Everest the movie is a fine depiction of the struggles one has to undergo in climbing the highest peak on the planet. ...

External links

  • Article by Jon Krakauer published in Outside Magazine
  • Interview with Peter Horton on the TV Movie
  • Into Thin Air: Death on Everest at the Internet Movie Database
  • http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1109650 Radio interview with Jon Krakauer, May 1996.

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Powell's Books - Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (856 words)
By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event.
This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.
But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events.
Into Thin Air - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Boukreev descended to Camp IV before Fischer's clients, and was later instrumental in rescuing the survivors from the South Col. Boukreev later defended his decisions in his own book, The Climb.
A 1997 TV movie named Into Thin Air: Death on Everest starred Peter Horton as Scott Fischer.
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest at the Internet Movie Database
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