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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mount Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn’t slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and three thousand feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn’t made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall’s team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

Krakauer examines what it is about Mount Everest that has compelled so many people—including himself—to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer’s eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time . . . a book of rare eloquence and power that could remain relevant for centuries. Galen Rowell, The Wall Street Journal
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jack Nye | 2/20/2014

    " No room for error when things go wrong "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Murray Laing | 2/20/2014

    " Intriguing, frightening and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby Haralson | 1/23/2014

    " I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction, but my husband got me interested in this book when he read it and told me about some of the happenings of Mount Everest. I very much enjoyed the book, although I can't help but wonder the accuracy of the story. Obviously, it will never be known exactly what happened, and the final work that Krakauer wrote tells about the controversy surrounding his account on Everest. I have been left curious and with a desire to do more research into Everest, and I think I will soon be searching Netflix for some documentaries that I can watch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenni | 1/23/2014

    " Fascinating and horrifying all at the same time. I love Krakauer's books since I feel like I'm right there with him. "

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