Anyone who knows anything about Mt. Everest knows it's just about the most prestigious climb a mountain climber can attempt. It is also, even with all the necessary equipment, with trained guides and calm weather, extremely hazardous. Under the very best of circumstances, summiting the giant of a mountain is a dangerous endeavor. When conditions are not ideal, during which freak weather and decision making addled by days without sufficient oxygen, rest, or nourishment abound, things are... worse. Into Thin Air recounts the story of the 1996 Everest disaster, during which several teams all attempt the climb at once and twelve people lost their lives. It is far from a cheery, uplifting read, but it is a suspenseful, tense look at the world of climbing and the oft-repeated idea that man trying to conquer the natural world can have severe consequences. Great for sipping hot cocoa and crying into it.
The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived