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An excellent account of foolish behavior and its consequence,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". Is an excellent account of several fatal attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest which took place in the same year. When I say "excellent", I mean the book is evocative, well written and contains extraordinary attention to detail. Krakauer is a skilled enough writer to instantly familiarize the average reader with most aspects of mountain climbing and especially with climbing Mount Everest.
The reader is also left with some nagging questions. Is Krakauer really, the humble, easy going and under-qualified (yet skillful) mountaineer he portrays himself to be in the book? Or, is he every bit as self-centered, careless, or full of poor judgment as many of the others? Although I liked the book very much, Krakauer's portrayal of himself struck me as too good to be true.
The most important question is why two of the most experienced climbers and several of their clients perish on the mountain. In the case of Rob Hall, the highly methodical and experienced guide, Krakauer mildly suggests the obvious: he didn't follow his own safety regulations.
Hall ignored his own turn around time and continued to the summit when he knew it was too dangerous to do so. Krakauer suggests that he did this partly out of pride (he had never failed to get clients to the summit before), partly out of fear (his competitor--who also perished in the attempt--might have succeeded in getting his clients to the top), and partly out of obligation (he could not bear the thought of his friend Doug Hansen, who was dangerously lagging behind, not making it to the top). Piled on top of these factors was the lure of reaching the summit itself. I am not a mountain climber, but I'm certain that had I been so close, I too would have found the urge to reach the summit extremely hard to resist.
Oddly enough, Hall was completely right when he acknowledged that sooner or later something like this was going to happen. Although I was saddened and moved by the tragedy, I also found myself asking, "well, what did you expect? You took a risk and you suffered the consequences." I do not say this with any lack of respect or regard for the lives lost there.
I enjoyed the book very much and commend Jon Krakauer for his excellent account of a fascinating and tragic situation.