Disastrous Tragedy The book Into Thin Air, written by Jon Krakauer, emphasizes the struggles of men versus nature. It enlightens us about the great adventures of climbing Mount Everest and how it affected each individual within the various expeditions that were going to summit Everest. In his book, Krakauer goes into great detail regarding everything that was involved in the 1996 expedition. The different identities demonstrated to be costly towards all of the individuals that were involved within the 1996 expedition. Mount Everest calls to those sufficiently courageous to scale her unforgiving inclines, beckoning them to assert one of the world's elevated thrones if they only dare.
Surrendering to failure is essential to being successful. The only way to surrender to failure is to look at failure as a learning experience and nothing more. Ben Saunders was an amazing explorer who traveled to the North Pole. Although he was not successful the first few times, he decided not to give up and to keep pursuing his goals. When one comes across an obstacle between them and their goals, they must be prepared to overcome the obstacles to be successful.
Throughout his experience Krakauer’s outlook on climbing Everest changes from feeling excited for an opportunity to fulfill his childhood ambition, to feeling pain and turmoil as he realizes the consequences of attempting such a feat. As a child you are told to dream big, however, an astronaut, a lion tamer or even an Everest expeditions are very dangerous ambitions to pursue. While growing up, Krakauer idolized professional climbers and aspired to defeat Mount Everest and become a
One such example of ambition is the “summit fever” that the climbers experience on Everest. To reduce summit fever and thus prevent poor-decision making, strict rules should be set and enforced by guides on the mountains, even if the clients disagree with such rules. In the story, Hall seems to be slightly lax on the rules; “[never] announcing what [the company’s] turnaround time should be” (185). The risk of pushing on past the rules is simply too great to to ignore the rules on a dangerous and unpredictable mountain like Everest. It is unreasonable to suggest that people will learn from the mistakes of previous climbers, and, as Krakauer suggests, for a person to “convince [himself] that [he is] too clever to repeat those same errors” (286).
There’s no turning back when skiing, so when my brother and I realized our mistake we had to keep moving one, albeit slowly. At the end of the trail was an incredibly steep hill, we had never encountered something so steep while skiing. My brother went first, making sure to go slow and zig zag back and forth. When he finally got down, it was my turn to go. I tried my best to follow what he had down, going slowly left to right down the
Erik Weihenmayer was positive and staying extra positive. He was like that because he was blind and felt like he was a major set back. Weihenmayer always tried to go as fast as possible so he can make it to the top without being to much of a setback because of is blindness. He also helped his team stay calm and focused when they were getting tired and irritated. The Devil’s Thumb is Jon Krakauer telling his memoir in flashbacks.
The path concept is a good metaphor for life because the concept relates to so many scenarios in life. A path may be dangerous just as a person's choices may be dangerous to his body soul and spirit. (Proverbs 7:18-23) Some paths seem exciting and adventurous to take. Mount Everest is a mountain in Nepal, which though many have died trying to climb her, she is not lacking for numerous more who attempt their way up her steep paths. A young man may be enticed to take a more devastating path to his soul than Mount Everest might be to his body.
Due to the high intelligence level of human, we often think that we know what are the consequences of our action, and do things the way we like without knowing the real impact that we cause. In the essay “Thinking Like A Mountain”, Aldo Leopold tell us how important is sustainability. As a boy Aldo Leopold thought by killing the predators on the mountain, there will be more deer to hunt which is an advantage for the hunters; however, he did not know that his action could affect the sustainability of the mountain. Through his life experience, he then realize sustainability importance, all species have inherent value in the biosphere, humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity only to satisfy our needs, from the perspective of
Conquering fear is not nor will ever be a smooth path, mountains and valleys are a part of the path. Prayer and friends as a backup is also a necessity for the journey. Only time will tell if and when a child or adult no longer fears thunderstorms, heights, and even fate itself. Alden Nowlan left an wonderful example of two different fears with an easy method to drive the fear to oblivion. Fear of the present and fear of fate will disappear when a person’s backup is made of caring friends and prayer warriors.
On the mountain when everyone was getting separated and lost high on the mountain Anatoli actively looked for surviving climbers. He tried to rouse some of the climbers that had returned to camp but they refused to help saying they were too exhausted. Even though Anatoli himself was exhausted from the climb he kept going back to search for climbers on the South Col even if it was risking his own life. Although his early return to camp allowed him more rest to attempt a rescue. He could have collapsed from exhaustion or gotten lost but kept going back anyway.