Eiger Dreams Ventures among Men and Mountains

ISBN-10: 0385488181

ISBN-13: 9780385488181

Edition: 1990

Authors: Jon Krakauer
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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/19/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Jon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1954. He received a degree in environmental studies from Hampshire College in Massachusetts in 1976. He worked as a carpenter and fisherman. He also wrote articles on mountain climbing, which appeared in several publications including GQ, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Playboy, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. In 1996, he climbed Mt. Everest, but a storm took the lives of four of the five teammates who reached the summit with him. An analysis of the calamity he wrote for Outside magazine received a National Magazine Award. An article he wrote for Smithsonian about volcanology received the 1997 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. He is the author of several books including Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, When Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, and Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way. His book, Into the Wild, was made into a movie in 2007.

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer
In this first collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian
Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger
Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience
Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice - people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women
Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali
John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more
In the most intimate piece, "The Devils Thumb," Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska's Devils Thumb
Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits
(6 1/4 X 9 1/4. 202 pages)
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