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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Illustrated Edition Is Worth Buying
I had previously read and reviewed (very highly) the original hardback, which had some pictures. This illustrated edition is worth the second purchase. The newly added photos, which Krakauer obtained from various sources, incuding the cameras found on two dead climbers, and other members of his expedition, give the book an added dimension.
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Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von Martina

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3.0 von 5 Sternen one-sided account of the 1996 Everest disaster
Into Thin Air is a wonderful book. The events that took place and contributed to the deaths of five people are well documented and expertly written. However, Jon Krakauer seems to have written a book that caters to his point of view as opposed to a collective point of view of all involved. I've read every article and every book that has been written about the events of...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A long magazine article about stupid human climbing tricks., 23. Juni 1998
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If this book serves any purpose it will stop people from taking the foolish risks these people did in the name of . . . um. . . I don't know. Professional guides take $25,000 to lead people to the summit of Everest where the oxygen is low, the winds high and common sense absent. What a waste of human life there is in this book. If you want to read adventure that examines the human condition try Joseph Conrad or Jack London. I recommend you spare yourself this indulgent, overgrown magazine article about supposedly intelligent people who climb to 28,000 feet and find out why there is no sign of life way up there.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Jon Krakauer dosen't know what he is talking about!, 11. März 1998
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The author wrote this with an extreme sense of knowledge about everyone who was on Scott Fischer's expedition, which is strange, because he was on ROB HALL'S expedition !!! He makes a lot of the characters seem like complete fools, ex.: Sandy Hill Pittman, which they are not. Also, he barely gives Anatoli Boukreev (d.12/25/97-climbing accident) any credit for saving numerous lives. Krakauer was in a tent for the majority of the rescue, asleep, and he knows everything that happened? Fraid not ! For the TRUE story, read Anatoli Boukreev's book, THE CLIMB.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, zum Mitfrieren, 20. März 2011
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Habe das Buch verschlungen, obwohl ich weder bergsteige noch ein großer Fan von Abenteuerbüchern bin. Krakauers sehr subjektive Beschreibung und Analyseversuche der Katastrophe am Mount Everest von '96 lassen ahnen, was den Reiz des bergsteigens ausmacht und sogar sich auf unwirtliche 8000er zu wagen. Aber noch viel mehr, warum man es besser sein lässt. Die Besteigung des Sofas mit diesem Buch, während das Feuer im Kamin Wärme verspricht, ist aufregend genug. Empathen zittern und frieren auch hier mit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My personal favourite mountaineering book of all time - a chilling and harrowing story of the tragedies on Everest in May 1996, 18. September 2009
Jerome Ryan (Toronto, Canada) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Taschenbuch)
My personal favourite mountaineering book of all time. Krakauer provides a day-by-day journal to tell the chilling, harrowing and controversial story about the 1996 Everest season when 12 climbers were killed. He describes the trek to Everest Base Camp, the acclimatization climbs to Camps One, Two and Three, the final climb by 34 climbers towards the Everest Summit, the descent to the South Col, the killer storm, the rescues and failed rescues, and the descent off the mountain. The Illustrated Edition contains almost 250 b/w photos to bring the story to visual life. The photos are by Jon Krakauer, Neil Beidleman, Klev Schoening, Scott Fisher and others.

"In March 1996, Outside magazine sent [Jon Krakauer] to participate in, and write about a guided ascent of Mount Everest", on Rob Hall's Adventure Consultants expedition. In addition to Hall's eight clients, Scott Fisher's Mountain Madness guided expedition also had eight clients. Scott Fisher: "We've got the big E figured out ... we've built a yellow brick road to the summit." Krakauer did reach the Everest summit on May 10, 1996 at 13:10. Worrying about his dwindling oxygen, he left the summit after just five minutes, finally making it back to his tent on the South Col at about 18:45, "more exhausted than I'd ever been in my life." "The storm abruptly metastasized into a full-blown hurricane, and the visibility dropped to less than twenty feet ... nineteen men and women were stranded up on the mountain by the storm, caught in a desperate struggle for their lives."

Two guides, two Sherpas, and seven clients had reached the South Col, but "staggered blindly around in the storm, growing ever more exhausted and hypothermic." In a small break in the storm, Camp Four was slightly visible. "Pittman, Fox, Weathers, and Namba were too feeble to walk", so Neil Beidleman, Klev Schoening, Lene Gammelgard, the two Sherpas, and Mike Groom stumbled off into the storm, making it back to the tents on May 11 at 00:45. Fisher's guide Anatoli Boukreev had descended to Camp Four in advance of his clients, and was the only strong climber left. Boukreev courageously single-handedly attempted to brave the storm to rescue the missing climbers, but had to return to the tents. But Boukreev didn't give up. He went out again by himself and was able to find the climbers, and brought back first Charlotte Fox and then Sandy Pittman and Tim Madsen. Yasuko Namba was dead and Beck was a lost cause.

Rob Hall waited for Doug Hansen to reach the summit at around 16:00, but Hansen turned into a "zombie" on the descent. Andy Harris picked up oxygen from the South Summit and walked back up towards Hall and Hansen. "at 4:43 on the morning of May 11 ... [Hall] had descended to the South Summit. And at that point neither Hansen nor Harris was with him." The continuing storm on May 11 stopped the Sherpa's rescue attempt. Rob's pregnant wife in New Zealand was patched through to speak to Rob late on May 11, " 'I love you. Sleep well, my sweetheart. Please don't worry too much.' These would be the last words anyone would her him speak."

Scott Fisher was not very strong on summit day, and reached the summit late at 15:40. Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa was able to help Fisher descend, but he collapsed just below the Balcony about 400m above the South Col. Anatoli Boukreev reached Fisher late on the evening of May 11. "Down suit is unzipped, pulled off his shoulder, one arm is outside clothing. There is nothing I can do. Scott is dead."

Amongst the tragedy, there was a ray of joy. Beck Weathers collapsed on the South Col late on May 10 and was left for dead. Miraculously he regained consciousness on May 11 and stumbled back to Camp Four at 16:35 with his "bare right hand, naked to the frigid wind and grotesquely frostbitten ... outstretched ... [looking like] a mummy in a low-budget horror film." Beck miraculously survived the night and the IMAX team with David Breashears and Ed Viesturs helped him descend to Camp Two the next day. Lt. Colonel Madan Khatri Chhetri rescued Beck from Camp Two in his helicopter on May 13.

Krakauer's writing is excellent, providing enough information, but keeping the story tight and to the point. He provides his inner thoughts and comments candidly on his own performance and mistakes, and the other clients and guides. Rob Hall's last minutes speaking to his wife are almost too heartbreaking to read. The photos are absolutely excellent. Although Krakauer is critical of Anatoli Boukreev's guiding practices, he fully acknowledges Toli's extraordinary performance in single handedly rescuing three clients during the storm. For a rebuttal from Anatoli Boukreev, read The Climb.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book about Mt. Everest disater, 2. Juni 2000
Into thin air by John Krakauer tells the tragedy on Mt. Everest in 1996. He tells his story of the tragedy on May 10, 1996, in which 8 people died. Twelve people died during the season of 1996. Krakauer who is a writer for Outside magazine wrote his account of the tragedy. Krakauer wrote a wonderful interpretation of the tragedy on Mt. Everest. It was a life long dream for him to climb the mountain he went for Outside magazine. Krakauer said that inexperienced climbers and a crowd to get to the top of the world. All the extra people were taking up all the saved oxygen tanks. A freak snowstorm led to tragedy. After the expedition Krakauer regretted going to the mountain because of the deaths. Krakauer does a good job of describing the terrain of the mountain. For example he says in the book "The ink -black wedge of the summit pyramid stood out in stark relief." After returning from the mountain Krakeur regretted going to the Mountain. Saying that he wished that he had never heard of the mountain before. Krakauer blames one death on the mountain entirely on himself. In the book anyone could pay one of the climbing groups $65,000 and they would be able to climb the mountain. This lead to many deaths because this created too many people on the mountain at once and there was inexperienced climbers on the mountain. Krakauer makes this book easy to read because he tells the story of the tragedy how it is and doesn't leave things out. Also it was better for him to write this book rather than someone who wasn't there because he knows all the details of the story. Such as where people were and how they died. I highly recommend that you read this book. Even if it you don't like mountain climbing you'll still enjoy reading this book because it is very interesting you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Into Thin Air, 2. Juni 2000
Having never understood why people climb mountains, and after seeing Beck Weathers on television last year, I read Into Thin Air in order to gain more perceptiveness. And Krakauer delivered. Have some time on your hands, because once you begin reading Jon's story portraying the turn of events throughout his journey on Everest in the Spring of '96, you won't be able to stop reading until you've read the last word in his book. This account of ascending Everest is a page-turner even though the outcome is old news. It will leave you wanting to know more about other attempts made on Everest. For those who don't understand why on earth anyone would want to do something as dangerous as climbing Into Thin Air on rock and ice, this book answers that curiosity. Jon introduces his readers to the backgrounds and personalities of the main characters in his book. We can better comprehend the different reasons people spend thousand of dollars and two or more months of their lives in "hell" on a mountain, freezing and injured "just to get to the top." We learn through Krakauer why they continue their rise even though the conditions are pure torture and more life threatening with each step. Why they don't give it up once they've lost feeling in their extremities, separated their ribs, lost their vision, can no longer breathe due to oxygen depleted air. Why they don't turn back even when they see the dead who've attempted to reach the summit on former expeditions. You'll understand because of Krakauer's talent as a writer, his ability to replay his emotions, his thoughts, his experiences, and his opinions through writing. You'll feel the frigid wind, the snow, the ice, the pain, the desperation, the sorrow, and the regrets. The "if only's" will torture your soul just as they have and continue to torture Jon's. He writes in such a way you will have no choice other than to join him on that mountain. You'll meet and get to know the members and guides of Rob Hall's team as well as Scott Fischer, his guides, and some of his team members. Unfortunately, not everyone on the mountain was a "good guy," you'll be living thanks to the dangers the teams encounter due to the inexperience, egos, arrogance, and vengefulness of the few "bad apples." For the survivors, Jon's book is a road in which fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, and other loved ones are portrayed as the heroes they were. Although some of the deceased's relatives were upset with Krakauer, it will seem unjust because of the respectful way in which he portrays his fellow mountaineers and the Sherpas. This was one of the best books I have ever read and I recommend it to anyone interested in Mount Everest, Climbing, or just reading a great book. This story is a symbol of strength, determination, and the will to achieve your goals that almost everyone can relate to. If you have nothing to do and want to get intrigued then read Into Thin Air. I promise this will be a thing you never forget.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Exciting and Thrilling Book, 2. Juni 2000
"Into Thin Air" tells the story of a handful of courageous climbers and the disaster of their climb up Mt. Everest. Few have had the courage to face the 29,000 foot mountain, however Jon Krakauer, the author of "Into Thin Air", faced his fear and conquered the mountain. The theme of Jon Krakauer's novel "Into Thin Air" shows to be the willingness to survive and the sense of being heroic. The authors purpose for writing this book is to let everyone know the truth of what happened on his journey up Mt. Everest. Krakauer states that Mt. Everest, the journey and the deaths have been "gnawing away at his guts" and he felt he needed to tell his story in order to ease his conscience. Throughout the novel, the reader can clearly see that Jon Krakauer values life. Through his words, the reader can sense the authors care for those who lost their lives on the mountain. The author's assupmtions are in agreement with those of other professional mountain climbers. This novel has a huge impact on many. A story like the one written by Jon Krakauer has never been told before. Mountain climbers are able to relate to and speculate what the brave climbers went through on Mt. Everest. This novel's originality puts it into a class by itself. Krakauer wrote a day by day account of the climber's tiresome journey. This novel truly reached every person who read its words. "Into Thin Air" is in a class by itself and will leave a lasting sense of value for many generations to witness. The sources of the authors data are simply himself, his fellow climbers, and Mt. Everest. Jon Krakauer's employer sent his on the journey to write a first hard article about the climb up Everest. The sources which have proven to be adequate display the grounds for an outstanding novel. One fact that should be taken into consideration is the times at which he recorded when they reached their designated areas. Although they may only be off by seconds, some of the other climbers may have different times recorded. The author asks how a person with such a hunger for climbing the mountain can rationally think of the consequences. Obviously, someone who does not climb cannot answer this question completely. This novel has been one of the most moving accounts of climbing Mt. Everest ever written. Krakauer wrote this book with huge levels of heart and emotion. "Into Thin Air" is balanced by the arguments Krakauer brings up concerning the excitment and danger of the climb. With great clarity, the author puts to rest many questions people have about Mt. Everest. He tells of the numerous and sudden snow storms which killed so many of his fellow men. He also tells of the beautiful features of "God's glorius creation". The author swiftly makes his point of the danger of the summit on the top of Mt. Everest. Besides the information given about the mountain, the novel may convince the reader not to climb at all. This book is written very well and readable for most people. In response to the authors point of view, I must congradulate the author on a job well done. Not many people would take the risk of climbing such a huge mountain. I am able to see the struggle of the journey through the eyes of a scared but brave man. I believe the greatest strength of this novel to be the accounts of struggle and death and victory of the climbers. Through the books information, I now understand the bravery and contribution it must take to face Mt. Everest.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ascent into Hell, 30. Mai 2000
Robert Stribley (NY, NY) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
A few years ago, one of alpining's greatest tragedies occurred when a dozen climbers died attempting to ascend Mt. Everest, with eight of them dying during one day -- May 10, 1996.
Jon Krakauer, a contributing writer for Outside magazine, was on the mountain when those people died. And it seems he still hasn't recovered from the incident. "I wish I'd never heard of Everest," he told interviewers from ABC's television show "Turning Point" the next year. "I wish I hadn't gone. It was a huge mistake," he said. "It will affect me the rest of my life."
Into Thin Air is Krakauer's riveting account of his own painstaking ascent of Everest and the deadly events that unfolded on "the roof of the world" in 1996. His brilliant description of this territory alternately awes and chills the reader: "The ink-black wedge of the summit pyramid stood out in stark relief, towering over the surrounding ridges. Thrust high into the jet-stream, the mountain ripped a visible gash in the 120-knot hurricane, sending forth a plume of ice crystals that trailed to the east like a long silk scarf."
If the cynic in you suspects Krakauer may be capitalizing on the tragedy, he responded to such criticism in the May 1997 issue of Outside: "I'm a writer -- it's what I do to pay the bills." And he stressed that he has given "a fair bit" of money he has made to charities like the American Himalayan Foundation.
And Krakauer does a pretty comprehensive job of castigating himself over the Everest incident anyway. Much of Into Thin Air amounts to a confessional mode through which he scrutinizes and mulls over every facet of that expedition, attempting to pinpoint his particular role in its deadly failure. "The plain truth," he writes, "is that I knew better but went to Everest anyway. And in doing so I was party to death of good people, which is something that is apt to remain on my conscience for a very long time."
Sadly, his cautionary tome hasn't slowed those who hope to make the Everest ascent. The following year, in 1997, more than 300 climbers doled out the $65,000 required to climb Everest; there were more expeditions headed to Everest than ever before. By the time the short margin (the middle of May is optimal) within which climbers can approach Everest's peak came round again in mid-1997, several more climbers had died attempting to make the summit this year, bringing the total number of lives Everest had claimed to more than 150. Probably, the survivors of those expeditions made their way home, shaking their heads, asking themselves the same questions, feeling the same guilt Krakauer apparently still feels.
Take Krakauer's advice: stay home and read the book. His crisp journalistic writing and unflinchingly honesty make Into Thin Air an instant alpining classic and certainly one of the most gripping non-fiction books on the market in 1997.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Into Thin Air vs. The Climb, 26. April 2000
I can't remember two books that stirred up so many strong feelings as "Into Thin Air" and "The Climb." To understand why, you need to read both books. Once you've read both, you'll have a better idea why certain Amazon reviewers have slandered Krakauer so viciously and unfairly.
First of all, if you're going to read these books, read the new expanded "trade paperback" editions of both titles. The new versions are in a bigger, "deluxe" format that costs a little more but is definitly worth the extra money. Each of these updated 1999 editions includes the addition of a totally new epilogue that answers charges made in the other book. These added chapters are incredibly helpful if you want the real story. The 1999 edition of "Into Thin Air" takes some major digging find at Amazon (for some weird reason there is no direct link to if from the other paperback, hardback, or audio editions-they are all linked to each other, but not to this newest and best edition), but it's worth the effort.
I recommend reading "The Climb" first, and then "Into Thin Air." After reading both books, I was convinced that "Into Thin Air" is definitely the more honest book. "The Climb" should certainly be read in order to get both sides of the story, but you need to keep your BS detector on full alert. G. Weston DeWalt, who ghost-wrote "The Climb" for Boukreev, uses all sorts of shameful tactics to distort the truth. Although DeWalt's prose is plodding and inept, he does have a knack for spinning the facts and pandering. He succeeds at making readers feel that Boukreev was wronged by Krakauer, when actually Krakauer did no such thing. DeWalt's attacks on Krakauer may convince the gullible, but careful, intelligent readers will be able to discern who is being honest and who is not.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, 15. März 2000
John T. Dye (Colorado Springs CO) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
The Good -Into Thin Air is absolutely riveting! I could not put it down. Very well written, easy to read. Contains enough technical info to keep non-mountaineers like myself informed but not so much as to bog down the flow of the story line. A story of true human tragedy.
The Bad - The content is excellent and it appears at first blush that the author went to extensive effort to corroborate the details of his story. However after reading "The Climb" there are some doubts in my mind as to whether he ignored some details for his own purposes.
The Ugly - ITA has generated a huge amount of "who's to blame" atmosphere around the tragedy and the author takes the time to "get his licks in". I felt that this was totally unnecessary and that the book would have been a Herculean literary result without the accusations.
Let's face it, when dealing with extreme altitudes of this nature it is enough of a burden to survive much less trying to remember every fact or event that occurred. There is no scientific evidence to examine only the recollections of some very impaired witnesses.
The only glaring "fact" from the tragedy is that of the Adventure Consultants expedition the expedition leader, a guide and two clients perished. Secondly, if not for a miracle of the highest order, a third client (Beck Weathers) would have perished. The Mountain Madness Expedition on the other hand, lost Scott Fischer, the expedition leader. In my opinion Mr. Krakauer totally ignored this fact when casting around for someone to blame. He totally ignored his own expeditions failures and focused on the man of an expedition that lost ZERO clients, and lets face it, Boukreev's ultimate responsibility was to his expeditions clients.
I think Krakauer would have been much better served if he had stuck to what he witnessed and let the reader decide who was at fault.
But don't let the BAD and the UGLY put you off. This is definitely one of the best reads in Amazon's big catalogue.
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