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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains - Jon Krakauer
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's... show more
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest 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 most experienced 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 extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.From 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 pursuits.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385488181 (0385488181)
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 186
Edition language: English
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willemite
willemite rated it
Before the recognition he received for Into the Wild and Into the Mist, Jon Krakauer was a serious outdoors type, writing about other serious outdoors types. In this collection of essays, Krakauer relates several stories of his personal adventures, one about a youthful, and maybe foolish venture to ...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.0
I haven't climbed any mountains. I have hiked the Grand Canyon, but that was climbing down, not up. I don't like heights. In fact, one time, my family and I went up some mountain on one of those cable car things. My hands were sweating so badly that the cover of the book I was reading came off t...
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
Now why would someone who generally hates cold weather and snow become so intrigued by books and videos about mountaineering? I was fooling around with my IPODs (have one of each generation being an addict to electronic devices) that plays video and just for laughs downloaded The Discovery Channel's...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
In a general sort of way I have no interest in mountaineering. But some writers are so strong, it doesn't really matter what they're reporting on, it's going to be an absorbing read. this is my least favorite of Krakauer's books, and I still like it a lot.
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