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. Which ultimately indicated that no single error can be detrimental towards the incident no matter how big or small the mistakes were. Altogether, the events caused twelve people to be stranded on the peak of the highest mountain, which ultimately by the end they all died. To further illustrate, Krakauer enlightens us regarding the fact that, “In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber’s actions can affect the welfare of the entire team.
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).
From Krakauer’s letter to the reader, we have a basic understanding of his immense personal grief as the result of a tragedy on Mount Everest and the reason for writing the book. Then instead of jumping right into the narrative from the very beginning, Krakauer starts in the middle– the time and day when he reached the peak of Mount Everest and returned, and how eight others couldn’t do the same. This interlude first shocked me but also prepared me for what was to come. Most are unaware of what occurs at Mount Everest but this book awakens those who are oblivious, including myself. The book was incredibly informative, starting right from the beginning when the author gives the complete history of those attempting to reach the top of the world.
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
He starts off by introducing the story of Gene Rossellini, a brilliant man who chose to abandon society to look for answers to his curiosities but he ended up committing suicide when he did not get the results that he wanted. Like Rossellini, Chris also chose to abandon his wealth and chose to cut himself from society due to his beliefs and connection with nature. In contrast, unlike Rossellini, Chris did not give up and did not commit suicide when he made a fatal mistake which caused him his life. Next, the author introduces the story of John Mallon Waterman, a risk taker and a very talented mountain climber, who eventually became mentally unstable due to the depressing situations he experienced which possibly prompted him to climb Mt. Denali and end his life.
Diana Hernandez Professor Linda Graham Texas History 2301 03/03/2018 The first paragraph "Was an American Hero's Death Tainted by a Typographical Error?" describes the biography of David Crockett, who had a reputation as an outstanding hunter and was widely known person. This article shows that the characters of the North American heroic epic such as David Crockett have some special features that allow viewing North American legends as a variant of the heroic myth. “Generations of Americans grew up on the story of his courageous last stand at the Alamo, where he went down fighting rather than surrendering to overwhelming forces” (Cox). It is noteworthy that after the official death of a politician in the Alamo, the Americans did not want
The story “Trapped” by Aron Ralston shows if a person is determined they can do anything. The autobiography of Hyeonseo Lee shows that having hope can help people survive and go through life. When it comes to determination Aron Ralston would be one of the first person some people can think of as he never gave up and was determined to stay alive even though his hands were decaying under a boulder inside a canyon. “Sip after sip of acidic urine has eroded my gums and left my palate raw”, (Trapped by Aron Ralston, Day six, Paragraph 1).Many people would want to die instead of only drinking their own urine for three days. As Aron Ralston finished his water supply, all he could drink as his own urine which is horrible for your kidneys and mouth it can erode a person’s gums.
In the story “To the Top of Everest”, she may not have saved a life or made history, but somewhere in the world, though she may not be a hero to me, is a hero to someone else. Someone who is terrified of heights, or wants to one day climb Everest. In conclusion, they are both heroes to themselves or others in one way or another. And finally, in both stories, both characters witnessed multiple emotions. In “The Voyage”, Odysseus was the only person sailing.
“The king had shown his wonder to us. I can imagine how scary the disaster caused by breaking the Golden Mountain. People who loss his belief to their leader, will lead them to destruction. But he saved us, who believed in him. Just before the war begin, he said that where will we leave if we got the disaster like Glaudian did, the native of this land and friend of our ancestor.
Possibly this inspiration is contributed to because Krakauer chalks the death of McCandless up to chance. Taking the blame off of Chris and making him appear more as an unlucky hero than a foolhardy boy. Throughout Krakauer’s account of Chris’s journey he talks about him as
For this reason, I would not consider Columbus a hero. I agree that his accidental discovery ultimately led to the massacre of countless Natives. Although, he might be considered a hero for 'discovering ' the New World. However, there were several who came before him and inhabited the land, such as the Natives. Thus, the impossibility of discovering something that had already been in place.
Historians can infer that because the iceman was found with the axe that his killer did not want to be identified, when returning to the clan. Historians know this because if he had returned to the clan with their leaders unique and powerful axe he would have most definitely been exposed. Through the finding of the copper axe historians have discovered that, the iceman was a person of power with in his clan, was killed because of this and had been found with the axe thousands of years later due to his killers fear of being identified. This and the act he was found with an arrowhead in his back prove that this theory is the most
Introducing himself as a member of the 1996 Adventure Consultants expedition on Mount Everest, one of several expeditions attempting to summit Everest in May of 1996, is Krakauer 's primary means of building his credibility as a speaker, since being on the mountain at that time would have given him a first hand account of the disaster. However, Krakauer 's version of the disaster may have been inaccurate due to the "staggering instability of the mind" at high altitudes. Consequently, Krakauer interviewed many of the survivors at great length and, when
Denali, which few people have been able to conquer, with little supplies. He had previously accomplished the task but he was attempting it again from a further point. His lack of supplies and attempt at facing something so difficult is very similar to Chris McCandless’s journey into the wild. John faced the difficult task, started the journey, and “he was not seen again; it is assumed he broke through a thin snow bridge and plummeted to his death...” 80. Although he wasn’t the brightest of them all, his death was simply an accident, like McCandless.