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    DescriptionThis is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

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    Into Thin Air
    Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Krakauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 293
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 229 g
    ISBN 13: 9780330353977
    ISBN 10: 0330353977

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKAH
    BIC subject category V2: WSZG
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: BTP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24000
    DC21: 796.522095496
    Libri: ENGM5430
    BISAC V2.8: SPO029000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: EVER3000, MOUN5000, ERIN2070
    Thema V1.0: DNXP, SZG
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    8pp colour photographs
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    07 August 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    And onto thin ice - Krakauer's (Into the Wild, 1995) hypnotic, rattling, firsthand account of a commercial expedition up Mt. Everest that went way wrong. In the spring of 1996, Krakauer took an assignment from Outside magazine to report on the burgeoning industry of commercially guided, high-altitude climbing. Many experienced alpinists were dismayed that the fabled 8,000-meter summits were simply "being sold to rich parvenues" with neither climbing grace nor talent, but possessed of colossal egos. From childhood, Krakauer had wanted to climb Everest; he was an expert on rock and ice, although he had never sojourned at Himalayan altitudes. While it has become popular to consider climbing Everest a lark and the South Col approach little more than a yak route, Krakauer found the altitude a malicious force that turned his blood to sludge and his extremities to wood, that ate his brain cells. Much of the time he lived in a hypoxic stupor, despite the standard acclimatization he underwent. As he tells of his own struggles, he plaits his tale with stories of his climbing comrades, describes the often outrageous characters on other expeditions, and details the history of Everest exploration. The writing builds eerily, portentously to the summit day, fingering little glitches that were piling up, "a slow accrual, compounding imperceptibly, steadily toward critical mass," when a rogue storm overtook the climbers; typical by Everest standards, it was ferocious in the extreme. Time collapses as, minute-by-minute, Krakauer rivetingly and movingly chronicles what ensued, much of which is near agony to read. Unjustly, Krakauer holds himself culpable for aspects of the disaster, but this book will serve an important purpose if it gives even one person pause before tackling Everest. A brilliantly told story, and one that won't go begging when the year's literary honors are doled out. (Kirkus Reviews)