English 11, Period 2
28 September 2011
Being at the top of the world at 29,028 feet may feel amazing to most people. However for some individuals who make it to the summit that feeling of elation never arises. Instead, they are too busy to appreciate the feelings since they are gasping for air. In thin air there is a tremendous lack of oxygen but an abundance of hubris. In Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, hubris, or excessive pride, was displayed by Dr. Seaborn Beck Weathers, Jon Krakauer, and the Sherpas during the disaster on Everest on the 1996 Everest expedition.
First of all, Dr. Seaborn Beck Weathers displayed hubris while he was on Everest. Beck was one of the clients from the Adventure Consultants Guided Expedition. Prior to his ascent of Everest, Beck received a keratotomy. Beck did not know until the expedition that the low barometric pressure at that high of an elevation caused his eyesight to deteriorate. When he discovered this side effect he still continued to climb Everest and did not give up the expedition. Since Beck did not inform the other team members of his condition it put the other team members into danger. This could have been easily avoided had Beck not been so full of pride. By not informing his team members, Beck put them into danger because his eyesight was not satisfactory for climbing Everest. When Beck finally decided to tell Rob Hall about his condition, Hall told Beck that since he had lost his perception of depth he had to descend the mountain with one of the Sherpas. Beck insisted that Hall let him stay on the mountain to wait and see if his eye sight improved. Beck’s eyesight, however, did not improve. Therefore, Beck stayed exactly where Hall had told him to stay. Even though other climbers, including Jon Krakauer, had descended passed Beck and offered to assist him in his descent of the mountain, he refused to leave the spot that Hall had left him until Hall had returned. When Krakauer...