Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer, known to have written the novel Into Thin Air, described his experience participating in the 1996 Mount Everest Expedition. 2. • “Given what unfolded over the hours that followed, the ease with which I abdicated responsibility—my utter failure to consider that Andy might have been in serious trouble- was a lapse that’s likely to haunt me for the rest of my life” (Krakauer 542). • “Secretly, I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to deal with getting Beck down the problematic slopes to come, most of which were not protected by fixed lines” (Krakauer 543). 3. “Given what unfolded over the hours that followed, the ease with which I abdicated responsibility—my utter failure to consider that Andy might have been in serious trouble-…show more content…
Jon Krakauer and people who had been climbing Everest during the devastating April 25th earthquake that hit Nepal have seen multiple cases of those close to them die on Mount Everest. While Jon Krakauer was on his expedition, he had witnessed many deaths because of a blizzard. In Nepal, people have died on Mount Everest from an avalanche caused by a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Jon Krakauer and the victims of the tragic earthquake in Nepal have seen the deaths of others on Mount Everest. Climbing the mountain, a risky task for all- with death right around the corner. Jon Krakauer recaps his experience participating in a 1996 expedition to Mount Everest in his novel, Into Thin Air. During the expedition, he recalls near-death experiences on Everest, a variety caused by the severe lack of oxygen and subzero weather. A certain memory embedded into Krakauer 's mind for all eternity has to be after reaching his destination (Camp Four). According to Jon Krakauer, he discovered “nineteen men and women were stranded up on the mountain… caught in a desperate struggle for their lives” (Krakauer, Jon). Jon’s experience mountaineering Everest left him traumatized for years, remembering all those who have died on…show more content…
Whilst Jon Krakauer lamented over the cruel fates of the lives taken from a blizzard, Nepal grieves for the thousands of people who will never be able eligible to see the light of day because of a recent earthquake. On April 25, several news articles such as USA TODAY voiced the outcome of “the massive-7.8 earthquake that has left at least 3,300 dead in Nepal” (Madhani, Aamer). Since USA TODAY’s report on Nepal’s death toll, the numbers have risen (from 3,300 to almost 9,000). Although several people (18) died from the avalanche on Mount Everest caused by the earthquake, the death count is inconceivable compared to the number of deaths in the main parts of Nepal. Not only did this earthquake ruin the lives of those close to the victims of the earthquake, it resulted in some serious damage, destroying the homes and buildings of the residents in Nepal. Nepal’s citizens continue to struggle rebuilding the country, though many countries such as the United States, Israel, and China have given benevolent donations to assist confirmed, though these deaths contain an ominous history, all of these unlucky humans to have died in their
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