Into thin Air by Jon Krakauer
“At 29,028 feet up in the troposphere, so little oxygen was reaching my brain that my mental capacity was that of a slow child” (6). Lesser Peaks
“To the South, where the sky had been perfectly clear just an hour earlier, a blanket of clouds now hid Purmori, Ama Dablam, and other lesser peaks surrounding Everest” (6). Oxygen Tanks
“Wanting to conserve what-ever oxygen remained in the tank, I asked him to reach inside my backpack and turn off the valve on my regulator, which he did”(8). Mount Everest
“Demarcating the Nepal-Tibet border, Towering more than 12,000 feet above the valley at its base, Everest looms as a three-sided pyramid of gleaming ice and dark, striated rock”(15). Amputation
“Although, Unsoeld’s toes froze and would later be amputated, both men survived to tell their tale”(20). Mountaineers
“Previously, Everest had by and large been the province of elite mountaineers”(21). Base Camp
“The magazines intent was not that I climb the peak; the editors simply wanted me to remain in base camp and report the story from the East Rongbuk glacier, at the foot of the Tibetan side of the mountain”(24). Sherpa’s
“People unfamiliar with the demographics often assume that all Nepalese are Sherpas when in fact there are no more than 20,000 Sherpas in all of Nepal, a nation the size of North Carolina that has some 20 million residents and more than fifty distinct ethnic groups”(44). Expedition
“The eager young Sherpa wasn’t chosen that hear and remained in India and was hired by Shipton for the 1935 British Everest expedition”(88). Hypothermia
“He was so hypothermic he could barely talk”(162).
Into Thin Air follows the journey of the author, Jon Krakauer, and his fellow climbers to the summit of Mount Everest. A disastrous series of events and misfortune leads to one of the most catastrophic climbing expeditions. This climb would change the author’s outlook on life forever....
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