Beck Weathers, a pathologist from Dallas, is not a likely to be seen as a strong character. In fact, even the author’s first impression of Weathers was that Weathers was only “looking to buy the summit of Everest for his trophy case,” but after a while, the author agreed that Weathers was the strongest member on the expedition (170). Despite his torn mountain boots, Weathers kept climbing up Everest without even talking about his pain (171). This shows his strong character because many other members of the expedition, including the author, frequently complained about their fatigue and pain, and some even stayed back on a few days. In addition to this pain, Weathers should have been hindered by his radial keratotomy, which affected his eyesight
The blizzard on January 12, 1888 will forever be known as one of the most disastrous storms in history. The storm earned the name “the children’s blizzard” because so many children lives were taken in this malicious storm. Could something have been done to prevent such a large death toll? Yes. If the proper steps had been taken to warn the people of the approaching bad weather, then many could have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their family and livestock.
In an era when spices were just as sought after as precious silks, several countries participated in a race to find trade routes to Asia. Christopher Columbus imagined a path across the Atlantic, one that led to a dead end: the Americas. Suddenly, the goal of the race changed. Countries began searching for a strait that connected the Atlantic and the Pacific, opening a route to the Spice Islands. Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese cartographer and sailor, looked to Spain for support on an expedition to the Spice Islands. During the course of the expedition, Magellan faced much opposition and made many decisions that may be deemed questionable today, decisions that led to his eventual demise in battle. Many of his men were against saving their captain, raising a question: was Magellan valuable enough to save? Though Ferdinand Magellan achieved his goals through dubious means, his crew would have found it auspicious had they saved him, due to his extraordinary navigation skills and strategy
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it”. Have you ever experience conflict with yourself not wanting to do something but doing it anyways, against someone else or even against nature? This essay will explain the different kinds of conflict in order of: Person versus self, person versus self and person versus nature.
Into Thin Air is a non-fiction and adventure book that details the disaster that occurred in 1996 at Mount Everest, and it started as a magazine article. The book is a personal account of the author Jon Krakauer, a professional writer and mountaineering hobbyist, who was sent on the Everest expedition by Outside Magazine with the task of writing an article about his experience. In my opinion, people should read Into Thin Air because it is a story about survival, and it consists of valuable lessons about, perseverance, determination, and character.
Finding gold would be a good way to make some easy money. Well that’s not always true. In the late 1850’s people started finding a lot of gold in California. But people didn’t realize the challenges they would face. Some challenges people would have to go through during the California Gold Rush were the travel, the crime, and actually becoming successful.
According to “A History In Numbers” by Dave Fowler, only 706 people aboard the Titanic survived the terrible accident, while the other 1,529 were taken down with the ship. Many people believed the iceberg was to blame for the sinking of the ship; however, the problems surrounding the ship began long before the ship set sail. “R.M.S Titanic” by Hanson W. Baldwin revealed that the crew was so confident in the ship’s inability to sink that they did not even pack enough lifeboats in case of an emergency. Furthermore, the captain and crew neglected to practice many safety drills that could have possibly saved many lives. The Titanic was doomed once the captain and crew set foot on the ship because of the arrogant aura they carried which resulted in the confusion and lack of resources that were obtainable during the sinking to many of the passengers including Master Harold Victor Goodwin and his family.
The book Into Thin Air is a book that outlines the Mount Everest disaster, as factually correct it can. However, there is a person that is too blame for this disaster to happen. The main person responsible for the deaths of the Mount Everest disaster was Robert Hall. However, that does not mean Robert Hall was the only one at fault. Ultimately the blame falls on Ang Dorje, Robert Hall, and Ian Woodall, each for their own reasons, and ultimately Hall, and Fisher were responsible for the others.
The Alaskan Bush is one of the hardest places to survive without any assistance, supplies, skills, and little food. Jon Krakauer explains in his biography, Into The Wild, how Christopher McCandless ventured into the Alaskan Bush and ultimately perished due to lack of preparation and hubris. McCandless was an intelligent young man who made a few mistakes but overall Krakauer believed that McCandless was not an ignorant adrenalin junkie who had no respect for the land. Krakauer chose to write this biography because he too had the strong desire to discover and explore as he also ventured into the Alaskan Bush when he was a young man, but he survived unlike McCandless. Krakauer’s argument was convincing because he gives credible evidence that McCandless was not foolish like many critics say he was.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Knowing that any person in the world can climb Mount Everest is amazing. In the novel Into Thin Air written by Jon Krakauer, climbers climb to the highest point of the world. Some everyday people like Jon Krakauer, who is an author hired to write an article about Mount Everest for an adventure magazine and Doug Hansen who is a postal worker climbing Mount Everest for the second time. It is unfortunate what happened to the people that died when descending from the summit. However, no one is responsible for those deaths, it was an unexpected storm that killed them. Ultimately a person is not responsible for another person 's action. I believe once a person is near death self-preservation will
Frederick Douglass begins the passage by characterizing his mistress to the abolitionists of the north as a woman of a good heart. Douglass portrays his mistress to be innocent and ignorant prior to the influences of slavery. However, Douglass’ greater intention is to compare his mistress after the works of slavery to unravel its hidden powers and its overriding brainwashing capabilities (something the abolitionists were not exposed to). Douglass then persuades his audience by exemplifying how corruptive slavery truly is by portraying how it had impacted his mistress.
According to the article, “Why Everest?”, by Guy Moreau, “There have been over 230 deaths on the mountain.” People that put themselves in risky situations, should be permitted to rescue services no matter the price that needs to be paid. The expensive machines used to rescue people can give a profit. With the newly found technological advancements, rescuers should be able to save more people than ever. And lastly, unexpected, harsh conditions can throw off any climber’s experience and leave them with no other option but to rely on these services. Mountains often contain a large number of harsh environmental conditions.
During the early 1800’s America was smaller than it is now with only thirteen colonies, and after Thomas Jefferson just making a huge land purchase, called the Louisiana purchase, there was considerable land to explore. Davy Crockett was a very brave and confident man, who was brave enough to explore the wild frontier and make friends with Native Americans. Because of Crockett 's determination, he helped form a county in Tennessee called Lawrence County, was elected a senator in the House of Representatives, and fought in the war of the Alamo to help Texas achieve their freedom. Since Crockett helped Texas secure their freedom, by fighting in the war against the Alamo, U.S. citizens can now live in Texas without being under the rule of Mexico.
When faced with challenges, it is a sink or swim kind of deal. You either adapt your skills to fit the situation at hand, or you fail. This is the case for both Charles Lindbergh and Christopher Columbus, no pun intended. While on opposite ends of a four-hundred year gap, both of these men crossed the Atlantic ocean; one nautically and one aeronautically. Columbus and Lindbergh faced challenges, adapted, and in turn they both accomplished great feats.
No one should ever put themselves in harm 's way. Most of the time people don’t know what they are doing. Most people try things and try to attempt many reckless and dangerous things without knowing exactly what they are doing in those situations. That’s why you are responsible for your own actions in a life-or-death situation.