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Into Thin Air Essay

550 words - 2 pages

Into Thin Air
By
Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is the author of three books including Eiger Dreams and the acclaimed best seller Into the Wild. He is also the contributing editor of Outside magazine. He and his wife live in Seattle
Into thin Air is a great adventure story about Jon Krakauer accent of Mt. Everest. Krakauer Was a member of a Rob Halls “Adventure Consultants” expedition that was going to attempt the summit of Everest on May 10, 1996. The story starts out with a brief history on Mt Everest.
     It was in 1852 in the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India when the highest mountain in the world was discovered. The mountain first dubbed Peak XV; the first measured height of the mountain was 29,002. This measurement would later prove to be inaccurate, throughout the use of modern lasers and satellite data pictures the actual height of the mountain was determined to be 29,029 ft. In 1865, Peak XV was named Mt. Everest after the late general surveyor Sir George Everest. It would take 101 years for the mountains summit to be climbed. The first man to reach the summit was Edmund Hillary later knighted by the Queen for his feat. May 29, 1953 Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing were the first men to stand on top of the world.
     Jon was offered a place on an upcoming Everest expedition by his publisher Outside (a climbing magazine) to cover a story about the commercialization of Everest. Jon had always dreamed about climbing Everest ever since he was a child, now he had a chance.
     Jon didn’t realize that this trip was going to be one that...

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