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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Into Thin Air

My latest book from the library is Into Thin Air by Joe Krakauer ...

Since the 1980s, more and more "marginally qualified dreamers" have attempted the ascent of Everest, as guided commercial expeditions have dangled the possibility of reaching the roof of the world in front of anyone wealthy enough to pay for the privilege. In 1996, Outside magazine asked Krakauer, a frequent contributor, to write a piece on the commercialization of Everest, and Krakauer signed on as a member of New Zealander Rob Hall's expedition. The disastrous outcome of the 1996 expedition forced Krakauer to write a very different article.

You can read more about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster at Wikipedia.

What made me decide to get the book from the library was seeing the trailer for the movie adapted from it - Everest ...

a 2015 British–American disaster drama and adventure thriller film directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. The film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal .... It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall (Clarke) and the other by Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal).

Here's the trailer ...


Blogger Richard said...

An incredible piece of journalism. Couldn't put it down. Wear your parka it's going to it get very cold :)

10:09 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Oh, you read it? Thanks :)

9:53 AM  

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