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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. What 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 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 not favor the superfluous and they certainly don t need anyone to dress up their reputations He draws senses of awe and fear from 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 face today particularly the overpopulation on mountain peaks where few 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 forward to reading in the future

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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships 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 exp. 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 some facet of mountain climbing The 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 tent for 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 from nausea and a blinding headache while attempting to repair a broken radio antenna It s sort of like having 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 of five 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 find that Krakauer s writing style is ridiculously engaging He puts you the reader right there on the mountain and lets you know how it feels For a collection of non fiction essays this book is a real page turner Highly recommended Edouard Manet 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 of five 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 find that Krakauer s writing style is ridiculously engaging He puts you the reader right there on the mountain and lets you know how it feels For a collection of non fiction essays this book is a real page turner Highly recommended

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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 extraordinary book Krakauer presents an unusu. 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 from being left behind said this to justify his actionsThere is no morality above 26000 feet I had one foray into mountain climbing It was 1998 and myself and two friends Kevin and Lacey were going to attempt the 14er called Longs Peak Out of all of the 14000 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 rock field 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 for business I was sans head lamp and found 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 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 been fascinated 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 feel a real connection to the author More importantly it garnered a new level of respect for those who choose to make that their shining conuest No I will never know how it feels to summit Everest or climb well probably ever over 12000 ft 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 only crampons and an ice ax and the overwhelming pulling sensation to let himself release the ax and just fallfall back into the awaiting ice that would kill him 3000 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 was feeling 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 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 street fighters 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 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 have felt the pull than you may relate to this man s story If you have been to Europe and had to fend off a loved one s near manic obsession with parasailing then you should read this book John Menlove Edwards wrote the following taken from 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 for 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 first summit Glad he might the right choice


10 thoughts on “Eiger Dreams Ventures Among Men and Mountains

  1. says:

    Before the recognition he received for 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 h

  2. says:

    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 some facet of mountain climbing The 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 experienc

  3. says:

    I came to each 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 would be a good insight into the effects of altitud

  4. says:

    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 co

  5. says:

    Love Krakauer These essays 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 datedn

  6. says:

    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 from being left behind said this to justify his actionsThere is no morality above 26000 feet I had one foray into mountain climbing It was 1998 and myself and two friends Kevin and Lacey were going to

  7. says:

    Although I enjoyed this collection immensely the writing wasn't Krakauer's strongest in fact 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 Comp

  8. says:

    After Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air made him writer famous his publisher started pushing this essay collection originally published

  9. says:

    What 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 devou

  10. says:

    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 impossible for me to write so many worlds about a mountain A mounta

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