Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a 1997 bestselling non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer . [1] It details the author’s presence at Mount EverestDuring the 1996 Mount Everest disaster , When eight climbers killed and several others Were Were stranded by a “rogue storm”. The author’s shipping Was led by the famed guideRob Hall , and There Were other groups try trying to summit on the Sami day, Including one led by Scott Fischer , Whose guiding agency, Mountain Madness , Was Perceived as a competitor to Rob Hall’s agency, Adventure consultants. [2] [3]


In the book, Jon Krakauer described the events leading up to his eventual decision to participate in an Everest expedition in May 1996, despite having mostly given up mountain climbing years before. The 1996 season expedition recorded 8 deaths, the third most on earth (the April 2015 Nepal earthquake caused the most, at least 19 deaths), including Krakauer’s guide Andy Harris. Initially, Krakauer, a journalist for adventure magazine Outside , stated that his intentions to climb Everest were purely professional. Krakauer climb to base camp, and report on the commercialization of the mountain. However, the idea of ​​Everest reawakened his childhood desire for climbing the mountain. Krakauer asked his editor for the story for a year that he could train for a climb to the summit. From there, the book chronologically moves between events that take place on the mountain and the unfolding tragedy which takes place during the push to the summit. In the book, Krakauer alleges that essential safety methods are adopted over the years by experienced guides on their clients to the summit.


Krakauer’s recounting of certain aspects of the ill-fated climb has generated considerable criticism, both of the climb’s participants and Galen Rowell . Much of the disputed material centers on Krakauer’s accounting of the actions of Russian climber and guide Anatoli Boukreev. An experienced high-altitude climber and guide for Scott Fischer, Boukreev has gone down to the forefront of his clients, ostensibly out of concern for their safety and in preparation for potential rescue efforts. Boukreev later mounted solo rescue efforts, saving several lives. In his book, Krakauer acknowledges his views in two climbers’ lives, but questions his judgment, his decision to go down before clients, his choice of gear on the mountain, and his interaction with clients. Boukreev provides a rebuttal to these allegations in his book, The Climb .

Galen Rowell criticized Krakauer’s account, citing numerous inconsistencies in his narrative while observing that Krakauer was sleeping in his temptation while Bukreev was rescuing other climbers. Rowell argued that Boukreev’s actions were nothing short of heroic, and that it was prescient: “[Boukreev] foresaw problems with customers nearing camp, noted five other guides on the peak [Everest], and even more. his heroism was not a fluke. ” [4]

The account has been criticized for not informing the reader that the team was receiving accurate daily forecasts. [5]

In Krakauer’s 1999 paperback edition of Into Thin Air , he published a few postscript. [6]


Film adaptation rights for Into Thin Air Were you purchased by Sony Almost time immediately after-publication. [7] The book was adapted to the TV movie Into Thin Air: Death on Everest ( 1997 ) starring Peter Horton as Scott Fischer and Christopher McDonald as Jon Krakauer . The book and the film both contain the same strong editorial viewpoint regarding the fundamental causes of the tragedy, the film differs sharply from the book in details of responsibility. quote needed ]

The 2015 film Everest , by director Baltasar Kormákur [8] depicts the same events as the book, with actor Michael Kelly portraying Krakauer. [7] According To Kormákur, it is not based there Krakauer’s book. [9]

See also

  • Books portal
  • Mount Mount Everest
  • After the Wind , a 2014 book by Lou Kasischke.
  • The Climb , 1997 book by Anatoli Boukreev .


  1. Jump up^ Krakauer, Jon (1999), Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster Mt. , New York: Anchor Books / Doubleday, ISBN  978-0-385-49478-6
  2. Jump up^ Scott, Alastair (1997), Fatal Attraction; a review of the book Into Thin Air , New York Times
  3. Jump up^ Viesturs, Ed (2006), The Everest Decade; Ed Viesturs on 1996 , National Geographic
  4. Jump up^ Rowell, Galen (29 May 1997). “Climbing to Disaster” . Wall Street Journal . ISSN  0099-9660 . Retrieved 2015-09-06 .
  5. Jump up^ Ratcliffe MBE, Graham (2011). A Day to Die For . UK: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN  9781845966386 .
  6. Jump up^ Krakauer, Jon (1999). Into Thin Air . USA: Turtleback. ISBN  9780613663618 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b McGovern, Joe (25 September 2015). “Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer is not a fan of Everest” . Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved 23 November 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Hopewell, John (6 August 2013). ‘ ‘ 2 Guns’ Kormakur Helmer Set to Climb ‘Everest ‘ ” . . Retrieved 17 January 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ NICOLE SPERLING (18 September 2015). “Everest director Baltasar Kormakur clarifies film’s source material” . Retrieved 20 September 2015 .

Further reading

  • Anatoli Boukreev , Weston G. DeWalt (June 28, 1997). The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest . St. Martin’s Press. ISBN  9780312168148 .
This account critically analyzes the Adventure Consultants team and provides an alternative explanation for the events of those few days on Everest. Krakauer has rebutted the claims of this book in a postscript to the 1999 printing of Into Thin Air .
  • Ratcliffe, Graham (2011). A Day to Die For . UK: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN  9781845966386 .
This book is one of the most important examples of advanced planning. These are the causes of the tragedy. Krakauer and many others’ description of the storm, where most of the comments are made to the other side of the world. “sudden and unexpected” is wholly inaccurate. Furthermore, Ratcliffe suggests that Krakauer, by not mentioning the forecasts, did not produce an accurate or adequately researched account.
  • Gammelgard, Lene (2000). Climbing High: A Woman’s Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy . New York: Perennial. ISBN  978-0-330-39227-3 .
The first-hand experience of Lene Gammelgard, of Boukreev’s expedition.
  • Trueman, Mike (2015). The Storms: Adventure and Tragedy on Everest . UK: Baton Wicks Publications. ISBN  978-1898573944 .
Mike Trueman, member of the 1996 International Polish South Pillar Team, was at Camp 2 in the 1996 Everest tragedy unfolded. He was asked to go down to Base Camp where he coordinated the rescue effort. His book published in May 2015 complements the story related in Into Thin Air.
  • Weathers, Beck ; Michaud, Stephen G. (2000). Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest . New York: Villard. ISBN  978-0-375-50404-4 .
A first-hand account of Hall’s expedition.
  • Dickinson, Matt (1997). The Death Zone: Climbing Everest Through the Storm Killer . Hutchinson. ISBN  978-0-09-180239-4 .
A first-hand account of the storm’s impact on climbers on the mountain’s other side, the North Ridge, where several climbers also died. (Later republished as: Dickinson, Matt (2000). The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm . New York: Crown. ISBN  978-0-8129-3159-4 . ).
  • Kasischke, Lou (2014). After the Wind: Everest Tragedy 1996, One Survivor’s Story . Good Hart Publishing. ISBN  978-1940877006 .
The first-hand account of Lou Kasischke, from Rob Hall’s expedition. Kasischke details the events surrounding the summit and the decision that saved his life.