This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak’s history.
For anyone who has seen the Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke film Everest, this book offers an even deeper look into the tragic events on Everest in 1996. I buddy read this one with @stories_with_hope and it made for a fantastic buddy read as there is so much to discuss!
Krakauer was in the unique position of being a journalist, hired to climb Mt Everest by joining a party of fellow climbers, lead by a professional climber, for the sake of writing an article about the experience. Unfortunately, as his climbing party make their way to the summit in May of ’96, several terrible events take place, leading to a large number of causalities within his own climbing party, and others on the mountain at the same time.
At times during this story, it was easy to forget what I was reading about were real events. Not only because they’re so unbelievably tragic, but also because Krakauer has such a way with words. His storytelling is fantastic. Alongside Krakauer, you go through feelings of excitement, trepidation, exhaustion and horror.
There’s no denying this book is incredibly upsetting, 8 people died during the summit climb. However, there are small moments of beauty and light. Without spoiling anything, this story not only includes horrible and (most likely) avoidable deaths, but also one of the most incredible survival stories I’ve ever heard.
This was an incredible book to experience and I highly recommend it for all kinds of non-fiction readers. At just under 400 pages, this one is emotional, frustrating, upsetting and inspiring but worth every page.
Edition Published: 2011
Genre: Nonfiction, Adventure, Memoir
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.19