I read this book in less than two hours. And I’m glad I did. For those of you who don’t know Jon Krakauer just remember “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air,” which are two of his most popular reads. “Classic Krakauer” is a collection of previously published short essays he created while living the frantic life of an editorial freelancer.
I typically avoid short stories. I’ve never enjoyed them. But this one read so easily, most likely because I love the subject matter. The death of Mark Foo, the danger of living near Mount Rainer, Everest and people like Fred Beckey who I find insanely interesting.
If you are interested in the outdoors, wilderness and risk. Get it, read it.
I loved Into the Wild and Into Thin Air. Haunting scenes in both. I’ll never forget reading about Rob Hall’s (have I got the right name?) final moments on the mountain, speaking to his wife on a satellite phone. Well, now I’m questioning my memory. I could swear there was a conversation between the two, with her imploring him to keep moving.
Yep, you are correct. I actually got published in the issue of Life that covered the disaster.