Into Thin Air

Jon Krakauer


Why Into Thin Air and Everest Base Camp

There is an obvious link between this book and the trek to Everest Base Camp. Into Thin Air is one of the best known books about climbing Mt. Everest and has been a topic of debate since it’s release in 1997. It has been a long time since I read this book, but I can remember several parts of it vividly. I look forward to rereading it,  but I was superstitious to read it before coming to the Himalayas.

More About Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a 1997 bestselling non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It details the author’s presence at Mount Everest during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, when eight climbers were killed and several others were stranded by a “rogue storm”. The author’s expedition was led by the famed guide Rob Hall, and there were other groups trying to summit on the same day, including one led by Scott Fischer, whose guiding agency, Mountain Madness, was perceived as a competitor to Rob Hall’s agency, Adventure Consultants. By the end of the 1996 climbing season, fifteen people had died on Everest, making it the deadliest single year in Everest history to that point. Since then this has been exceeded by the sixteen deaths in the 2014 Mount Everest avalanche, and the 2015 earthquake avalanche disaster (19 killed). Krakauer publicly criticized the commercialization of Mount Everest following this tragedy.