Eiger Dreams

Eiger Dreams

Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Book - 1990
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the adventure and risks that compel climbers to face the challenges of such peaks as Denali, K2, Everest, and the Eiger

Publisher: New York, NY : Lyons & Burford, c1990
ISBN: 9780385488181
0385488181
9781558210578
1558210571
Characteristics: xi, 186 p. ; 24 cm

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cat_22
Jul 08, 2015

Jon Krakauer takes you along on the journey and this book is no exception. A must read for all JK fans of Into Thin Air.

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Madreley
May 20, 2014

Pretty good book by Krakauer. It covers a lot of variuous types of climbing rather than pure mountain climbing. I enjoyed the way he gives us a little of the background of the people covered in the book. easy reading and the chapters are not too long.

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tedrich2921
Dec 08, 2010

I wish I could write like Jon Krakauer. Some authors are so good that anything they write is enjoyable to read. He is that kind of author. In this case, the subject matter is also equally interesting. This book is a collection of essays he has written about climbing. Frankly, I find it hard to understand why someone would want to climb a mountain, but Krakauer takes you into the heads of the leading climbers of the past 20 or so years. This book is an interesting and fast read. I highly recommend it (and any of his other books as well).

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