Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

By Jon Krakauer

  • Release Date: 2011-07-06
  • Genre: Mountaineering
Score: 4.5
From 88 Ratings
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One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.

Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.


  • Exceptional read..

    By Serpico2101
    I was engrossed in this book form start to finish.. In his own words he lists his personal encounter of the true life events of the worst disaster of 96 on Everest, and shares his, and his teammates, ambition to reach the 'roof of the earth'..
  • D Jones

    By Daiiron
    I really enjoyed this book. It portrays the awesome beauty but also the perilous dangers faced when attempting to conquer these mountains. Really good detailed read of the events that occurred on Everest, worth a read even if you're not into mountaineering.
  • Into thin air

    By Glos 1
    I am not a reader of books, at 55 I have read only two. This book was given to me as a gift last week, I started to read it yesterday, and less than 24 hrs later have finished it totally engrossed in its contents. If you have every 'climbed a hill' and think you are a bit of a 'back packer' read this, it will blow your mind to real climbing..... Totally truthful an honest account of what can go wrong with even the best guides and best equipment.
  • Gripping, sad, emotional

    By ttc546
    A cathartic book for the author and a gripping book for the reader. If you are not in tears at some time through the adventure then you have a heart of ice. His pain is obvious.