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From Years Past: Into Thin Air

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is an experienced climber who was offered the chance of a lifetime to climb Mount Everest, expenses paid, to write an article for Outside magazine. He made it to the top of Mount Everest and back to base camp alive, but he was one of the lucky ones. Nine other climbers died that day on Mount Everest. Another three died soon after. A rogue storm blew through the mountain with little warning and the unlucky ones perished trying to achieve their dreams.

The Mount Everest Disaster is described in detail by one of the survivors, Jon Krakauer. He describes what it was like for him that day, and the preceding weeks trying to prepare to climb Mount Everest. He explains the choices one had to make to survive, and what it was like to wait, not sure of how many would return once the storm blew in. The view from Krakauer eye’s and the experience he details for many will leave the heart racing but for the o…