(EBOOK/EPUB) [Eiger Dreams Ventures Among Men and Mountains] by Jon Krakauer


Ked or picked into ice a thousand feet off the ground I think Krakauer does a good job of xplaining the clarity ones life and mind take on when circumstances reuire such uncompromising focus on what is immediately in front of you I think other athletes and aesthetes may have an asier time grasping this mentality and perhaps will get greater njoyment from this book I do wonder how the sport has changed in the last thirty years many of these ssays were written in the 80s and I imagine mentalities and technologies have changed things since then Love Krakauer These ssays are somewhat dated but still interesting and delivered in his inimitable style The was the last book fo his I had not already read and while it ranks near the bottom as far as favorites because of the datedness and form I m glad I read it and I hope he is working on his next Although I njoyed this collection immensely the writing wasn t Krakauer s strongest in fact I d label it his weakest ffort to date when compared with Into the Wild and Into Thin Air With the xception of the last effort to date when compared with Into the Wild and Into Thin Air With the xception of the last Devil s Thumb the book was composed ntirely of clipped magazine articles And it showed Complaints aside however the book was wonderful and showed a humanity that I haven t often found in other climbingmountaineeringalpinist books Reading it reminded me how much I njoy these adventure fluff stories they re my uivalent of a romance novel and it has been the impetus for me to get back into the non fiction adventure genre In short read Eiger Dreams it s a uick read and I don t think you ll be disappointed What a page turner And also the perfect book to drag and I don t think you ll be disappointed What a page turner And also the perfect book to drag rock climbing or on a hike which is what I did I sat on a boulder and devoured this book until it was my turn to climb or belay Krakauer s narrative style is simple and straight forward but still vocative in its description of nature because he doesn t add anything superfluous and Al fraternity of daredevils athletes and misfits stretching the limits of the possibleFrom the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent to the thunderous suffocating terror of a white out on Mount McKinley Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives sudden deaths and incredible victories This is a stirring vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursui.

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Snowflakes on the Sea enjoy Krakauer when he writes about the Damon Runyonsue characters who inhabit the world of Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy extreme adventuring Forxample in Gill he writes of John Gill the world s foremost practitioner of bouldering think fly on ceiling as someone who might really levitate Two drunken brothers manage to have a crack at a surprising number of major climbs despite their disinclination to organization and sobriety in The Burgess Boys Chamonix is a town in France Krakauer calls the death sport capital of the world The story features a bar in which large screens ntertain the crowd with diverse scenes of death and near death It is laugh out loud funny when Krakauer illuminates the sundry thnic conflicts with particular attention paid to the creative insults ach njoy using on the other It called to mind Python like Frenchmen launching diseased animals at their English foes while calling out come back here so we can taunt you some While most of us are not likely to have a go at Eiger s north face work as bush pilots try surviving hurricane force winds a go at Eiger s north face work as bush pilots try surviving hurricane force winds temperatures so cold as to defy imagination while huddled in a torn tent or dubious ice cave at twenty something thousand feet it is a wonderful thing to have some crazy person who lives in that world to report to the rest of us what goes on there Eiger Dreams is a fast Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival entertaining and informative read I came toach of Krakauer s works independently I read Into the Wild first on a recommendation and years later I read Into Thin Air because someone told me it wou. No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships brilliantly than Jon Krakauer In this collection of his finest Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, essays and reporting Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb In Pakistan the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's mostxp. Ld be a good insight into ffects of altitude as I to climb Kilimanjaro a mild but high peak Finally I found this collection of ssays and realized that somehow I d read the final found this collection of ssays and realized that somehow I d read the final somewhere before once I can understand why some people think that Krakauer is a selfish bastard at times because the very act of climbing is often a selfish one in the yes of others Though Krakauer believes in the sacrosanct nature of the bond between ropemates on Everest he notes that the nature of the beast drives many to an very man for himself mentality This is revisited in A Bad Summer on K2 during a discussion of saving those near death at great risk to the lives of veryone Desire in Seven Voices else Considering theffects of altitude on the human brain I don t think any armchair philosophizing or moralizing applies here people simply cannot and do not behave normally at 26000 feet and veryone who climbs that high knows that to do so is to put your life on the line Asking others to forsake theirs for a slim chance at saving yours can we ver truly ask that of people Every life is on the line in a storm Is it honorable to perish attempting to save someone who may and likely will die despite your The Casa Mono Cookbook efforts than it is to abandon them and hustle down to save your own skin One reviewer commented on how selfish Krakauer was to risk his own life in such a callous manner as climbing the Devil s Thumb and yet to risk his own life on Everest to attempt to save someonelse seems noble Does anyone ngaging in this armchair moralizing understand what it means to carry 180lb of dead weight down an mountain without injuring the person further in bad conditions while you yourself are addled by altitude and saddled with gear tc I suppose these people think that such mountains should not be climbed at all But there it is Some people will never understand why others are so willing to hang their ntire lives on a half inch of steel kic. Erienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer In Valdez Alaska two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four hundred foot drop In France a hip international crowd of rock climbers bungee jumpers and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc Why do they do it How do they do it In this xtraordinary book Krakauer presents an unusu. Eiger Dreams Ventures Among Men and Mountains

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