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Into Thin Air - A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Jon Krakauer

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people -- including himself -- to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people -- including himself -- to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people -- including himself -- to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account

Language:

English

Narrators:

Philip Franklin

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:01


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:51


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:39


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:20


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:48


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:02


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:02


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:05


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:01


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:58


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:53


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:07


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:12


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:18


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:01


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:02


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:46


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:23


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:02


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:56


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:09


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:35


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

00:25


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:42


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:56


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:19


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:17


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

02:38


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:05


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:58


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:23


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

02:31


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:16


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:03


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:46


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:17


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

02:50


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:46


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:46


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:59


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:20


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:19


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:56


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:14


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:58


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:02


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

02:44


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:11


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

02:37


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:59


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:55


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:57


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:35


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:21


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:53


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

01:55


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

02:48


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:16


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:00


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

02:40


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:11


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:01


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:26


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

02:11


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

01:19


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:08


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

00:16


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:06


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

02:36


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:06


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

02:07


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:07


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:22


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

02:31


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:11


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:10


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

02:57


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:04


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:09


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

02:45


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

02:43


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:27


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:05


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

02:55


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

02:59


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

00:26