Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster

Non-Fiction, Outdoor Pursuits, Travel
Paperback Published on: 01/07/2011
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Into Thin Air
Utterly gripping
A gripping account of the 1996 Everest disaster from a gifted writer. Krakauer gives a very frank report of the events leading to and during the tragedy an... READ MORE
Jen Wootton at Covent Garden
Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air
This is the story of one of the worst mountaineering disasters in Everest's history which claimed the lives of eight people. Krakauer was present during th... READ MORE
Lucy OConnor Walton on Thames


Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air 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 in the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.'Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time.' - Wall Street Journal'A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.' - People

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781447200185
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 264g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 22 mm

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Into Thin Air
exciting adventure
I really enjoyed this book and found it inspirational and educational in preparation for my walk up Kilimanjaro. The story is well told, altough a highly e... READ MORE
Into Thin Air
Utterly gripping!
I'm not even a third of the way through this book and I'm totally hooked. Having seen the recent film of "Everest" I wanted to read the first hand account ... READ MORE
Andrew Ruaux
Into Thin Air
Chilling on so many levels
This is a candid account of Krakauer's time on the slopes of Everest, the tallest mountain peak in the world, during the ill-fated expeditions in May 1996.... READ MORE
Into Thin Air
An intense adventure leading the writer through the events on Everest. The way Krakauer depicts the events make you feel as if you were there standing alon... READ MORE
Julian Pietrasz
Into Thin Air
A personal and poignant account of one of the worst 24hr periods on Everest
“With enough determination, any bloody idiot can get UP this hill” Hall observed “The trick is to get back down alive.” This quote, by experienced mountai... READ MORE