Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

200px-Into_Thin_AirIn this non-fiction book, the author describes his 1996 expedition to scale Mt. Everest, a disastrous climb which claimed eight lives.  Initially, Krakauer was to have climbed only to the base camp to do a report on the commercialization of the mountain for the adventure magazine Outside.  However, the story awakened a childhood desire, and he decided to train for a climb to the summit instead.  The book stirred up controversy because in it Krakauer alleges safety is compromised by guides competing to get clients to the summit.  His account is disputed by certain climb participants and mountaineers alike.  I can’t speak to the controversy, but I did enjoy the book itself.  I found it well-written, and an exciting read.

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