Before we perish we want to be remembered for something; that something differs from person to person, what is the common denominator do our lives share? Each one of our lives are defined by moments, and those moments differ from person to person. For Jon Krakauer, his life defining moment was on Mount Everest, which he describes in his bestseller Into Thin Air. Krakauer and the climbers with him proved that the human body can survive in condition worse than most people believe to be possible, but the climbers also showed that without certain equipment the climbers could not make it to the summit. Those technologies include special clothes that protect their bodies against the frigid temperatures, climbing equipment and even supplemental oxygen
The events that occurred on Everest during the famous 1996 expedition are recollected by Jon Krakauer through his memories and multiple interviews. Throughout his research, Krakauer was able to piece together everything that transpired during the deadly voyage. The book starts on the top of the world, Krakauer has just reached the peak of Everest and he is prepared to start back down. After the first chapter, Jon Krakauer starts to backtrack. He begins giving descriptions at the beginning of the expedition before they even got onto the mountain, details about every person who will be on the mountain.
While reading this narrative, I felt a strong familiarity with the characters and their extreme dedication to reach a difficult goal despite the difficulties. Earlier in the year, my life was changed entirely when I tore my ACL in a sudden accident. I had no choice but to receive an intrusive and painful surgery that would take over a year to recover. Although the pain and emotions often affected my recovery, I remained dedicated to my one true goal, which was to return to my everyday activities. I refused to give up and I worked countless hours to strengthen and heal myself through physical therapy.
Mason Moore Mrs. Vermillion Advanced Placement Language and Composition March 29, 2017 Ascent to Death Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air” is an amazing book that describes the treacherous journey from the bottom to the top of Mt. Everest. Krakauer joins a large team of climbers led by Rob Hall to the top of the summit. They endure many hardships not just from the terrain but from the sheer effects of the high altitude on the body. This ultimately caused the down fall of many skilled and unskilled climbers on May Tenth.
Krakauer also sees some climbers who have paid as much as $65,000 to join a guided group that would lead them to the summit. Krakauer makes the point that high-altitude climbing is dangerous even for the most veteran of climbers let alone for any novice group member. The author outright states that some of the novices were not qualified to climb Mount Everest. Because of this situation, Krakauer witnessed experienced guides taking on more responsibility than usually would be necessary. As the climb on the way to the summit the author as well as many of his group mates experience the painful experience associated with climbing such as agonizing headaches, loss of strength, and loss of brain cells.
Is climbing Mount Everest an irrational act? During the expedition, climbers are faced with many difficult conditions. In Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer writes about the 1996 Everest disaster and his expedition with Adventure Consultants. At 29,029 feet, clients were climbing the highest mountain in the world. Unfortunately, they were caught in a hazardous blizzard which killed eight people.
Jon Krakauer is a journalist who was hired by Outside Magazine to write an article about commercialism on Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest, being separated by camps each increasing in altitude is not an easy feat so he was originally tasked by the magazine to only climb up to base camp which was the lowest camp. Inspired by his childhood dreams to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Krakauer requests the magazine to financially aid his expedition to the summit. He joins the climbing service Adventure Consultants which is owned by a famous climber named Rob Hall. Hall would hopefully guide his clients including Krakauer to the summit if everything went according to plan.
In this short book review, a lot of focus will be directed into Jon Krakauer’s deliberate sacrifices to ensure that the mountaineering process becomes a success. In regard to this, Jon Krakauer takes the role of the protagonist whereby he makes very calculated moves, sacrifices and forfeitures highlighting some of the most outstanding lessons derived from the book. This is because Jon Krakauer relentlessly attempts to theorize, as objectively and painstakingly as possible mediating on what exactly happened during the mountaineering activity. Jon Krakauer essentially narrates amount of sacrifices that had to be made by the mountaineering expedition team.
Jon Krakauer faced many obstacles on the mountain very similar to Ody’s journey in “The Odyssey”.
When Krakauer confesses his doubts to Hall, Hall responds, “‘It’s worked thirty-nine times so far, pal,’ Hall assured me with a crooked grin when I confessed my doubts. ‘And a few of the blokes who’ve summited with me were nearly as pathetic as you’” (74). However, this time it didn’t work, leaving Hall, some of his clients, and others dead with him. The reader is left with the overall question of what happened this year with better climbers that everything went
In the article , “ Anatoli Boukreev (Responds to Krakauer) , “ by Anatoli Boukreev, Boukreev discusses Krakauer ‘s accusations against his decisions while hiking up Mount Everest. He defends his arguments by reasoning his decisions with factual evidence and events that occurred during his hike. Boukreev has had over 20 years of experience in climbing and has had built enough credibility to reason why he follows specific routines when hiking mountains such as Mount Everest. Krakauer claims that he had left his current clients to cut and run away from the hike itself , but Boukreev states that his reason for that was to assist fellow climbers and keep them up with the pace that they are currently moving up the mountain in. Another question
Notably, preparations for an Everest expedition is no simple undertaking. Notwithstanding for an experienced mountaineer like Rob Hall. Vitally, every bit of the puzzle needs to fit perfectly for the ascend to be successful. One slip in the arrangement and individuals can be in genuine threat. However, by reading Krakauer’s Into Think Air, I realized that there were many steps involved during the climb which caused the disastrous event on Everest.
Although many experienced Everest climbers stated that this was a normal occurrence on Everest and that Hall had just been lucky with the weather before to have never had this issue a later study believes that to be false. A study done by Moore and Sempe shows that based on weather documented from 1996 over the course of 6 days from May 8-14 the temperature drop from an abnormally high temperature to an abnormally low temperature. This created the perfect scenario for the “Into Thin Air Storm” to brew into a major storm the likes of which is not
I believe most people know that climbing Mount Everest needs such a huge bravery, but those people who are trying to climb this world’s highest mountain need to consider about safety more than achievements. As most people knew, there are a lot of people are still trying to attempt to climb Mount Everest, but the results are unexpected, it can either be good or bad; they might got to the top of the mountain and celebrating, then they will just get back to their camp and enjoy their foods and more, or these people might died while attempting to climb Mount Everest, include those people who have families and friends. Which is the adventure of Mount Everest might needs people to risk their life. First of all, the environment on Mount Everest is
Kayley Williams Trykar Contemp Lit, Period 5 26 February 2016 What Now? There are many reasons why someone would want to climb Mount Everest, whether it be for the childhood dream, the accomplishment, or even just for a living. In the process, you are risking your valuable life. Not in a way of benefiting others or the benefit of society, but instead to fulfill a personal goal.