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 eatures a bar in which large screens entertain the crowd with diverse scenes of death and near death It is laugh out loud unny when Krakauer illuminates the sundry ethnic conflicts with particular attention paid to the creative insults each enjoy using on the other It called to mind Python like Frenchmen launching diseased animals at their English Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America 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 northace work as bush pilots try surviving hurricane Cooking for Company force winds with temperatures so cold as to defy imagination while huddled in a torn tent or dubious ice cave at twenty something thousandeet 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 Empire of Sin fast entertaining and informative read After Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air made him writeramous his publisher started pushing this essay collection originally published in 1990 Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China for readers who couldn t get enough of Krakauer s tales of mountains and the people who attempt to climb them However a lot of those readers like me were probably somewhat let down by this early effort which consists largely of pieces Krakauer wroteor Outside magazine The articles describing various mountains and mountain towns were educational but not exactly riveting and the profiles of well known climbers were not uninteresting exactly but left me with a distinct why am I reading this My Wife's Affair feeling The one humor piece about how to survive in your tentor days as a blizzard rages outside made it clear that while Krakauer might be a Chicken, Chicken, Duck! funny guy in person he is no humor writer and I think the topics he s chosen to write his books on bear this out This collection only really came aliveor the last two essays which not coincidentally are the two most reminiscent of Into Thin Air One was an account of the horrific 1986 summer on K2 when 13 people died than had died on the peak in the past 84 years combined Reading about the nightmarish conditions the climbers aced was absolutely riveting although I elt guilty or deriving reading pleasure rom their horrendous misfortunes and at times was so disturbed I wondered if I d have to hide the bookThe Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You final essay and the only one written especiallyor this book was a memoir like rendering of the time when Krakauer as a 23 year old abandoned his dead end job and took off alone Slo Mo! for Alaska with the brazen certainty that he was going to scale the Devil s Thumb via its most difficult route and that doing so would change his life This engaging suspenseful piece made me hope that someday Krakauer will grace us with aull length memoir of his various adventures and their sometimes serious Poor Mrs. Rigsby fallout So would I recommend Eiger Dreams Well not really While I m very glad I read theinal two essays I would say that on the whole this book is probably just or climbers and Krakauer completists Everyone else would be better off reading Into the Wild and Into Thin Air instead Love Krakauer These essays
are somewhat dated but still interesting and delivered somewhat dated but still interesting and delivered his inimitable style The was the last book o his I had not already read and while it ranks near the bottom as ar as avorites because of the datedness and War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today form I m glad I read it and I hope he is working on his next This is a wonderful collection of essays about mountain climbing I greatly enjoyed Krakauer s book Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster and Eiger Dreams is just as good Each chapter is an essay on someacet of mountain climbing The A Boy in Winter first chapter is about climbing the Eiger Other chapters are about climbing Mount Blanc and K2 Another chapter is about bouldering and another is about the experiences of a bush pilot in Alaska transporting mountain climbers to a glacier at the base of Mount McKinley One chapter is about ice climbing while another describes the experience of living in a tentor days on end while a storm makes it impossible to get outA small stream of dry humor runs throughout the book You have to have a sense of humor to engage in some of these dangerous sometimes mind numbing activities One chapter describes how a team of doctors spend their summers on the slopes of Mt McKinley They study the effects of altitude sickness and has saved numerous lives All on their own dime Krakauer asked one of the doctors why they volunteered to spend their summers toiling in such a godforsaken place Well "he explained as he stood shivering in a blizzard reeling rom nausea and a blinding "explained as he stood shivering in a blizzard reeling rom nausea and a blinding while attempting to repair a broken radio antenna It s sort of like having Princess Baby, Night-Night fun only differentWhile describing the heavy human toll among climbers of K2 a troubling uestion gets asked Should a civilized society continue to condone much less celebrate an activity in which there appears to be a growing acceptance of death as a likely outcome During one summer one out ofive climbers who attempted the mountain did not come back aliveWhen Krakauer told Coloradans that he intended to climb the Devil s Thumb in Alaska solo they thought he had been smoking too much pot they thought it was a monumentally bad idea But when he told Alaskans they hardly reacted at all They just wondered how much money there was in climbing such a mountainI am not a climber but I The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post find that Krakauer s writing style is ridiculously engaging He puts you the reader right there on the mountain and lets you know how iteels For a collection of non Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution fiction essays this book is a real page turner Highly recommende. Alraternity 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. D me it would be a good insight into the effects of altitude as I prepared to climb Kilimanjaro a mild but high peak Finally I On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock found this collection of essays and realized that somehow I d read theinal essay 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 eyes 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 every man or 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 everyone else Considering the effects 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 eet and everyone who climbs that high knows that to do so is to put your life on the line Asking others to orsake theirs or a slim chance at saving yours can we ever 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 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 someone else seems noble Does anyone engaging in this armchair moralizing understand what it means to carry 180lb of dead weight down an mountain without injuring the person urther in bad conditions while you yourself are addled by altitude and saddled with gear etc 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 entire lives on a half inch of steel kicked or picked into ice a thousand eet off the ground I think Krakauer does a good job of explaining the clarity ones life and mind take on when circumstances reuire such uncompromising I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) focus on what is immediately inront of you I think other athletes and aesthetes may have an easier time grasping this mentality and perhaps will get greater enjoyment Flight, Vol. 7 from this book I do wonder how the sport has changed in the last thirty years many of these essays were written in the 80s and I imagine mentalities and technologies have changed things since then Indeed Jon Krakauer is the master of the literature of AdventureI always hated literature They are always boring But Jon has his way in literature It is completely impossibleor me to write so many worlds about a mountain A mountain is a mountain or me But or Jon it is like a book of worlds I am damn sure that make him walk a tiny hill in the outskirts of your town and he could write a book about it That too very interesting one Hats off to himAbout this book The description of the book claims to reveal answer or the most significant uestion why would a normal want to do this stuff adventure stuff I myself several
TIMES WONDERED THE SAME WHY WOULDwondered the same Why would want to do something so dangerous so life threatening which doesn t earn a penny So that is why I picked up this book But the book doesn t give you the answerIf I am not wrong if I haven t missed the story there isn t an instance in the whole book I elt that I Camp Rex found the answer Instead the book is a collection of 12 stories 11 published by author in different magazines and newspapers and the last one THE DEVILS THUMB is exclusiveor the bookAbout the stories EIGER DREAMSIt is a collection of stories related to the many climbers who tried to climb the mountain The Eiger when the author himself tried to summit it GILLPersonally I enjoyed this story very much It introduced me to the whole new new concept of bouldering The whole story revolves around John Gill the person who irst started Bouldering and the concept of Bouldering To read the whole review click the below linkhttpbooksreviewwalablogspotin20 Although I enjoyed this collection immensely the writing wasn t Krakauer s strongest in act I d label it his weakest effort to date when compared with Into the Wild and Into Thin Air With the exception of the last piece Devil s Thumb the book was composed entirely of clipped magazine articles And it showed Complaints aside however the book Despite having been to Mt Everest base camp on the Tibetan side I m an armchair mountain climber I enjoyed seeing the mountain and taking pictures but was uite happy to get back to the hotel and climb into my warm bed However I love stories about mountain climbing and what people will do to get to the top I admire their perseverance and courage I watched the movie Free Solo two times And I marvel over the dangers they Touch of Enchantment face and sometimes the sheer stupidity like going on a climb without being prepared Then there s the heartbreak over the deathsThis is a series of magazine articles Krakauer wroteor Outside the Smithsonian and others and they were all written in the late 1980s so it s
a bit dated but it was still a good read and gave somebit dated but it was still a good read and gave some into the climber s mindset Before the recognition he received or Into the Wild and Into Thin Air 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 oolish venture to a particularly difficult climb in Alaska another about his attempt at Eiger And theseand maybe Miles from Kara foolish venture to a particularly difficult climb in Alaska another about his attempt at Eiger And these uite good But I most enjoy Krakauer when he writes about the Damon Runyon esue characters who inhabit the world of extreme adventuring For example in Gill he writes of John Gill the world soremost practitioner of bouldering think Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, fly on ceiling as. Erienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer In Valdez Alaska two men scale arozen waterfall over a our hundred oot drop In France a hip international crowd of rock climbers bungee jumpers and paragliders igure 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 unusu.
summary Ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jon KrakauerWhat a page turner And also the perfect book to drag along 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 High Heat forward but still evocative in its description of nature because he doesn t add anything superfluous and that s as it should be K2 Eiger Chamoix etc do notavor the superfluous and they certainly don t need anyone to dress up their reputations He draws senses of awe and ear rom his reader by telling it like it is and if you re the outdoorsy type of person you ll get it I have no desire to try and summit McKinley but I understandSome of the information and celebrities are a bit dated as this was a collection of articles that he wrote in the 80 s but it s a great look at the history of the sport and the dangers that you might very well ace today particularly the overpopulation on mountain peaks where ew have earned the right to climb but many have paid to clutter up the slopesAll in all I was very impressed with Krakauer s writing style and his subject and I look orward to reading in the uture In a previous book I had read by Krakauer Into Thin Air about mountain climbing there was a uote that has stuck with me One of the Everest mountaineers who chose not to try and help a climber who subseuently died A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas from being left behind said this to justify his actionsThere is no morality above 26000eet I had one oray into mountain climbing It was 1998 and myself and two riends Kevin and Lacey were going to attempt the 14er called Longs Peak Out of all of the 14000 Lots of Hearts foot peaks in Colorado Longs is the most popular climb because of its easy ascent Imagine my surprise when at 2 am I was stumbling about in a rockield not understanding why my eyes would not and could not stay open I had a massive head ache and could not keep my eyes open I was not tired I was jacked up on Diet Cokes and adrenaline and yet could not keep my eyelids open or business I was sans head lamp and ound myself stumbling over boulders the size of pumpkins That was the end of my journey About 4 hours of hiking and turning back at who knows what altitude I d like to say I made it to 12 D my ascent to Longs was ended We Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss faced a bear sighting ahead of us on the hike back to our carnot good when one is menstruating mind you and I was glad to make it home to my little apt at 18 JBut I digressshocking I know Since my wee little escapade into the wilds of the Colorado Rockies I have always beenascinated by mountain climbers And this book does not disappoint Unlike other books on self discovery blah de blah de blah blah blaaaah Eiger Dreams had some vivid moments of awareness that caused me to Don't Hex with Texas feel a real connection to the author More importantly it garnered a new level of respector those who choose to make that their shining conuest No I will never know how it eels to summit Everest or climb well probably ever over 12000 t but Krakauer has a way of making the experience approachable and yet awe inspiring at the same time In one instance he describes climbing a thin spire of rock on the
Devil s Thumb in Alaska He recalls the sensation of being attached to the rock by onlys Thumb in Alaska He recalls the sensation of being attached to the rock by only and an ice ax and the overwhelming pulling sensation to let "himself release the ax and just allfall back into the awaiting "release the ax and just allfall back into the awaiting that would kill him 3000 Pajama Party feet below He knows it will kill him he knows the physics of the actions yet still describes how he could not help himself uite possibly it was the pull of gravity he waseeling Not unlike the sensation of being on a ship in the Med on the way to Crete and looking over the railing at midnight with the waves crashing like blocks of ice on a solid black sea I got the pull I was blissed out of my gourd with hopefulness and youth and love and I honestly thought I could slip over the railing and survive I wanted To Feel ItThis is a collection of short stories all interwoven on the Bunco Babes Tell All foundation of mountaineering Stories on glacier pilots who could land planes in white out conditions by knowing to turn left after a minute turn right again after another minute because they were so inured to the route they were traveling This is about the vagabonds and streetighters who climb perilous mountains in Tibet without permits and hide in the tall grasses when they hear cattle bells going by This is about a boy s desire to summit Devil s Thumb and 18 years later trying to master that picture he d traced so many times on pg 147If you are not into the outdoors then this book will probably not impress you If you believe that people who climb mountains are narcissistic selfish knobs who are only concerned about themselves see above then this is not Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi for you If you are married to a man who regales you with stories of men standing in circles around campfires and then waking to bears hours later in the darkthen you might appreciate this man s experiencesIf you live in Colorado and know where Pearl Street is in Boulder and haveelt the pull than you may relate to this man s story If you have been to Europe and had to Bringing the Outside In fend off a loved one s near manic obsession with parasailing then you should read this book John Menlove Edwards wrote theollowing taken rom him short story Letter From A ManSo as you would imagine I grew up exuberant in body but with a nervy craving mind It was wanting something something tangible It sought or reality intesnely always if it were not thereBut you see at once what I do I climbKrakauer had a choice at the age of 8go to Seattle and visit the Space Needle or go to the South Sister in Oregon and attempt his irst summit Glad he might the right choice I came to each of Krakauer s works independently I read Into the Wild irst on a recommendation and years later I read Into Thin Air because someone tol. No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships brilliantly than Jon Krakauer In this collection of his Close to Hugh finest essays and reporting Krakauer writes of mountainsrom the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb In Pakistan the Women and Self Esteem fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most exp.