Into Thin Air
- Jon Krakauer - 9/10
This is a personal account of the Mt. Everest disaster that took place in May of 1996. This trip up the mountain tragically had more deaths on it's tragic day than any other 1 day since people have been climbing the mountain. A quick, easy read but very intriguing and chilling at times. I couldn't imagine the helplessness most of these guys would have been feeling.
I also learned quite a bit about climbing Everest, not just on this one day but in general, in that it's not something you go over to do in a day or two...or even a week or two. You have to be on the side of that mountain for 3-5weeks to get acclimated to the low oxygen and temperatures, etc And the climb itself isn't an overly difficult one in the technical sense(relatively speaking)...it's about how much pain you can endure over these weeks of freezing weather, high winds, and most importantly the very low oxygen(half to even a third of the oxygen at the summit than what is at sea level) and general lack of sleep due to the cold and lack of oxygen.