Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Are you looking for an adventure book to suck you in, take you for an emotional roller coaster ride, and then spit you back out? Then Into Thin Air by Jon Kraauer is the book for you! But seriously though, this book is so good. It is about Jon’s 1996 Everest expedition in which he successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest, but many of his teammates did not make it back down the mountain alive. In writing about this tragic experience Jon tries to make sense of what happened and to work towards making peace with it. I’ve read about Everest summits before, but never ones with such honesty about what high altitude does to one’s body and mind. I found it terrifyingly fascinating. I am surprised that I had never until last week read this book. Into the Wild (also by Jon Krakauer) is now also on my to be read pile.

10 thoughts on “Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

  1. I kind of want to read this, but not until after I climb Kilimanjaro. I’m already a nervous wreck about what altitude might do to my body, so reading this might not help at all! (and I know Everest is a lot higher and harder than Kili, but I’m still too nervous to even think about it!)

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    1. I totally agree! If I were you I wouldn’t want this book in the back of my mind while doing Kili. I’m looking forward to reading about that adventure!


  2. I’m a big fan of this book, too. I’ve read several other books about Everest and even ones about that same expedition after Into Thin Air got me so interested. Also, Into the Wild is even better if you ask me. That’s one of my all time favorites.

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