Into Thin Air: Rob Hall Essay

1338 words - 5 pages

Into Thin Air: Rob Hall
Everest is an unbelievable mountain that has taken the lives of a number of the greatest climbers in history. It was my job to ensure that clients make it up that treacherous mountain safely. My name is Rob Hall. I was the main guide and cofounder of a climbing company called Adventure Consultants. My friend, Gary Ball, and I used to be professional climbers. Together we succeeded in climbing to the highest summit on each of the seven continents in seven months. This was our greatest achievement. After this, we decided to start our own company guiding clients up large mountains. In May 1992, we successfully led six clients to the summit of Everest. Unfortunately, Gary died of cerebral edema in October 1993 during an attempt on the world’s sixth-tallest mountain. He died in my arms and the next day I buried him in a crevasse. Despite the pain that his death had caused me, I continued guiding for our company and eventually led thirty-nine climbers to the summit of Everest.
My last trip to the summit was a journey filled with danger and hardships. The group of people that I was to lead up Everest included Doug Hansen, Sandy Pittman, Jon Krakauer, and Beck Weathers. Doug Hansen had attempted the summit on a guided expedition by me a year earlier, but we had to turn back. All and all the beginning of this trip was similar to many of my other commercial expeditions. We started at Kathmandu and worked our way to Phakding, where I picked up my crew of Sherpas. The Sherpas are very important to our expedition, so I told the team to appreciate their hard work. We then continued to climb until we stopped at Lobuje. This overcrowded village was disgusting and caused many of my clients to become ill. I had to leave early to assist Tenzing, one of my Sherpas who fell into a crevasse. With the assistance of several Sherpas and other guides we were able to get Tenzing down the mountain safely. After this major catastrophe, I met the rest of my team at Base Camp. As my group of climbers in this commercial expedition rested at Base Camp, I worked around the clock preparing for the treacherous climb up the mountain. I needed to know everything I could if I was to lead a safe expedition.
I implemented my usual plan to prepare my group for the climb to the summit. My Sherpas and I set up camps above Base Camp with extra food, water, and oxygen. As we were doing this, I had the clients climb toward each camp to help them become acclimated to the difficulties of climbing at high altitudes. The traffic of inexperienced climbers on the hill made me uneasy. I had a feeling that the trip would end in disaster that wasn’t aided by a lack of cooperation with many of the other guided expeditions. The Taiwanese and South African teams who refused to string rope up the treacherous Lhotse Face caused the biggest problems. I was also beginning to worry about the deteriorating condition of my team. My problems with the...

Find Another Essay On Into Thin Air: Rob Hall

Into Thin Air Essay

1519 words - 6 pages sister, And prize me at her worth. In my true heart I find she comes too short, that I profess Myself an enemy to all other joys Which of the most precious square of sense possesses, And find I am alone felicitate In your dear Highness' love."(70-77) Lear is practically blinded by their attempt to deceive him into thinking that their love for him is true and unconditional, but really what

"The Odyssey" by Homer compared to "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer

657 words - 3 pages Have you ever noticed how people tend to have some verypositive traits, but then they cancel them out with negative traits? This is a typicalaspect of human nature.Human nature is not perfect; it is a very intricate web oftraits, both positive and negative. This aspect of human nature is shown in bothThe Odyssey by Homer,with Odysseus, and Into Thin Air, by John Krakauer, withJohn. They are both intelligent men, they can make some very

"The Struggles of an Individual" This essay compares two books, October Sky, and Into thin Air. This leads the author to a few conclusions about his life and what he is becoming.

880 words - 4 pages Sometimes in life, we make goals not worthy of completion. In mountain climbing, one's goal is to reach the top of the mountain. To accomplish this goal, one needs a strong team of climbers each willing to perform individualized tasks and contribute their share towards the summit. Into Thin Air focuses on the conflicts and decisions made on top of a mountain one eerie day as opposed to the glory and satisfaction of reaching the top. This

The essay "Values Vanish Into Thin Air" is based on the book "The Catcher In The Rye"(J.D. Salinger) and analyzes how Holden Caulfield criticizes the modern society in different ways

786 words - 3 pages VALUES VANISH INTO THIN AIRThe Catcher in the Rye negatively criticizes society's way of living and the"American Dream" most people look for their whole life, although for the majority of thepeople this remains a utopia just out of reach. Modern society very nearly lost both its idealsand its sense of direction. We have developed into a society of "phony" philistines.All of society is based on a superficiality which makes it impossible for

Hall Vs Fischer

1058 words - 4 pages You wouldn't believe that two of the best climbing guides on Mount Everest could be so different. Both guides are brilliant men clever in the ways of climbing, but with two personalities both on either end of the spectrum. One guide is logical and organized when planning any climb while the other approaches things haphazardly leaving plans in disarray. The two guides, Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, from Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, exhibit

Comparing Fischer and Hall

823 words - 4 pages In the novel, Into Thin Air, Krakauer frequently elaborates on the differences and similarities of Scott Fischer and Rob Hall. A prominent difference between Rob Hall and Scott Fischer is their leadership styles. In particular, Hall’s leadership style compares to be considerably more stringent the Fischer’s. As Krakauer emphasizes, “. . . he poured over reams of computer print outs detailing logistical minutiae: menus, spare parts, tools


1244 words - 5 pages   Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, proved the spring’ 96 expedition to Mountain Everest to be the most tragic in mountain history. I believe the storm, and a series of mistakes and the arrogance of human made the deadly result and which breakdowns of the expedition. Many of climbers died on Homologumena, including the very experienced guides Rob Hall and Scott Fischer. I truly believe the trip was not worth it, because they ended their life, and it was

Jon Krakauer: The Man Born to Climb

966 words - 4 pages tennis player at Corvallis High School"(Krakauer, Student) where he then graduated in 1972, who there after enrolled into Hampshire College and took up Environmental Science. It has seemed that Jon Krakauer has a busy life from rock climbing, mountain climbing, writing books, being an editor-at-large for Outside magazine yet he has had time for friends, family, and for death. Rob Hall of New Zealand and Scott Fisher of the United States knowing

Fate versus Free Will

722 words - 3 pages Honors Society, Athenaeum League, and top of my class. In addition to my life, the novel, Into Thin Air, can also illustrate the changes that might happen in one’s life if they choose a certain option. The novel, Into Thin Air, consists of many life changing choices that the climbers have to face on Mount Everest. Rob Hall, the lead guide for Adventure Consultants, is faced with the ultimate conflict that could prove to be fatal. While descending

Analysis of Moral Luck Views of Aristotle and Epictetus

2268 words - 9 pages with examples from "Into Thin Air"(ITA), written by Jon Krakauer. Moral Luck, if described from general perspective, consists of the actions that happen by luck and result in moral ends. What I mean by moral ends is the situations that have something to do with moral or ethical values. Overall, moral luck deals with all the issues concerned with assertion of praise and blame, deliberation of responsibility, and things

Soup On Ice

1987 words - 8 pages Soup on Ice In Robert Newton Peck's Soup on Ice two characters named Rob Peck and Soup Vinson are continually getting into predicaments over their Christmas vacation. In the book, Soup and Rob are two sixth grade boys in the late 1930's who are known for getting into trouble in a small town called Learning, Vermont. In the story the two boys are trying to figure out a way to make the big Christmas celebration in town extra spectacular. At the

Similar Essays

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

Into Thin Air, By Jon Krakauer

777 words - 3 pages In the novel Into Thin Air, the author Jon Krakauer shows us two characters who have some similarities, yet are markedly different. Rob Hall and Scott Fischer are both world renowned mountain climbers as well as the leaders and head guides of their own mountain climbing enterprises. Each employ the respect of his peers, yet here is where the similarities end. With differences in their physical stature, climbing styles, and safety concerns, it

Anaylsis Of Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

666 words - 3 pages Jon Krakauer captures his personal experience of reaching the summit of the Mountain Everest with a group of fellow climbers in his book Into Thin Air. Krakauer was tasked with writing an article for Outside Magazine. His original assignment was to go through the training Adventure Consultants offered and write his article on the commercialism of Mt. Everest; however, through persuasion and personal interest he was given permission to join

Krakauer's Into Thin Air And Boukreev's The Climb

1087 words - 4 pages Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Boukreev's The Climb On the day of May 10, 1996, several climbers were attempting to descend the slopes of Mount Everest in blizzard conditions: a time at which every moment mattered. Emerging from the pack, two climbers reached the safety of the tents of Camp Four before the majority of their teammates. Anatoli Boukreev and Jon Krakauer recounted the situation of that day in very different ways, but Krakauer