/ Into thin air- any good?
I thought it was good, definately worth watching
Probably worth watching, but also worth looking at it from another point of view, not definitive.
Off topic, I know, but the book is very good. Caused a lot of contention IIRC.
ooops my apologies, was thinking of 'touching the void'.... never seen 'Into thin air'.
Yep, definitely worth reading this too to hear the other side of the story. Not half as black and white as Kraukner tells it.
Not very well written - The Death Zone by Matt Dickinson is a good account of Everest along with Dark Summit by Nick Heil
It ranks with the Beck Weathers account as being in the bottom two believe me.
You're right, almost any climbing book is worth reading
The book left a bad taste in my mouth. Felt like a hatchet job.
I really disliked "into the wild" as well.
"The Climb" is not a literary masterpiece although it is a useful counterpoint to "Into Thin Air" (which is a better read). Far and away the best account from Everest '96 is Jamling Tenzing Norgay's "Touching my Father's Soul" which intermingles the account of the '96 season and his own ascent with his knowledge of his father's ascent in '53. Jamling had a Western education but grew up in a Sherpa community so his book has a unique understanding of where all those on the mountain are coming from, worth seeking out!
What times it on?
It's not! Ask Russell Brice.
> It's not! Ask Russell Brice.
Tell me more.
I found Kodas's High Crimes just about the most depressing book about mountaineering that I have ever read. All the stuff about thieving from tents etc.
Im bboooooreedddddddddd with tv already !
It's actually a very accurate reconstruction of the events on Everest in'96, the phone call from Rob to his wife was worlwide news at the time as the tragedy unfolded live on most news networks.
"High Crimes" is indeed depressing, and whilst I'm sure there has been some unsportsmanlike behaviour on the big E in recent years, there have also been heroic and unselfish acts.
Kodas seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, call me cynical, but I'd think spending thousands of dollars and not making the summit might have something to do with it.
(Incidentally, its STILL the best book ive ever read)
"Into Thin Air" is a decent read but doesn't rate amongst the great literary works of mountaineering. Try a strong dose of Herzog's "Annapurna".
I read "ITA" in two nights, in a youth hostel "sitting room" a few years back. I was that engrossed that there could have been any number of things go on around me, and I wouldnt have known about it.
In fact, there probably was !
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