Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains [NOOK Book]

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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring ...
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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

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Overview

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience.
Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice—people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so hard to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy by comparison, and many more compelling and colorful characters.
Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most enthralling and dangerous of all human pursuits.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the closed community of mountaineering there are legendary figures unknown to those outside. Krakauer, who writes about climbing for Smithsonian magazine, introduces some eccentrics and the places they gather. John Gill's reputation rests on ascents less than 30 feet high--he climbs boulders. The hard-drinking, pugnacious Burgess twins from Yorkshire are first-rate climbers and con men; they haven't held a job since 1975, yet manage to wander the globe bagging difficult peaks. Others climb frozen waterfalls in Valdez, Alaska, or attempt hazardous hang-gliding and bungee-jumping in Chamonix, where nearly 6000 people climb Mont Blanc every year. After taking us to Mt. McKinley Denali, which has claimed more lives than the Eiger, Krakauer also describes canyoneering in the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and recounts his own nearly fatal solo climb of the Devil's Thumb in Alaska. Armchair adventurers can't ask for better entertainment. Apr.
Library Journal
Climber-turned-journalist Krakauer circles around the question of why a climber climbs by writing of various aspects of that culture. Revising pieces that appeared in Outside and Smithsonian magazines, he describes being tent-bound in a storm, and the competition among bush pilots flying climbers to Denali. Fresh material discusses related sports: frozen waterwall climbing and box canyon exploration. The obligatory chapters on particular climbs--an aborted attempt on the Eiger Nordwand, a lone ascent of the Devil's Thumb--are less successful in revealing to nonclimbers the emotions that drive a climber. Entertaining but not memorable.-- Paula M. Strain, M.L.S., Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599217703
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 159,977
  • File size: 473 KB

Meet the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of the best-selling Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Into Thin Air, and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series. His writings have been published in Outside, GEO, Architecture Digest, Rolling Stone, TIME, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the National Geographic.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note
1 Eiger Dreams 1
2 Gill 14
3 Valdez Ice 27
4 On Being Tentbound 42
5 The Flyboys of Talkeetna 51
6 Club Denali 64
7 Chamonix 84
8 Canyoneering 103
9 A Mountain Higher Than Everest? 116
10 The Burgess Boys 130
11 A Bad Summer on K2 149
12 The Devils Thumb 163
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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Eiger Dreams is a collection of short stories and is not as good as Krakauer's other books. Some of the stories are very entertaining, while others are kind of boring. A good read if you like outdoor books though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Eiger Dreams: a book for and about mountaineering

    The book, EIGER DREAMS, is a great book for anybody that is into mountaineering or just rock climbing. The book is comprised of many short stories that Jon Krakauer had written for magazines in the past. He also includes a new story that is about Krakauer, himself, written just for this book. Each story is unique because each one is about a different climber and takes place on different mountains in the Himalayas, the Alps, the Rockies and in the many ranges of Alaska. One of the stories I enjoyed was "Devil's Thumb", which is about Krakauer quitting his job in Colorado and just driving north. He was heading to Alaska so that he could try to climb the north face of the Devil's Thumb, which had never been climbed. The story was enjoyable because of the great detail about the climbing and because of the mishaps, which made it funny. I chuckled when he accidentally set his tent on fire. My favorite story, however, is titled "Gill". John Gill grew up to become one of the top boulderers in the sport of rock climbing. This story was written when Gill was in his fifties and still climbing better than anyone else. If you have any interest in climbing, EIGER DREAMS will keep you captured from cover to cover, with all the action and suspense from each and every climb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    UNCHAINED!

    Hot Damn! These are all the words that sum up this book. These are powerful, moving stories where at times, you feel as if you were there living these experiences. This book really proclaims, 'Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    Dreaming of the Eiger

    An amazing compilation of stories about risk takers and skilled alpinists. I loved each story equally, and am inspired to emulate the climbers in these stories. One of the best mountaineering books I've ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    You will like this.

    Eiger Dreams is a compilation of stories of different climbing experiences by the author of 'Into Thin Air.' I thought Eiger Dreams was in some ways equally good, and I read Into Thin Air in one sitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Terrific -- I'd like a 'Devil's Thumb' Movie!

    Just a great book, covering all aspects of mountaineering adventure. But the book transcends mountaineering. Human perseverence, courage in the face of death, the grind of athletic conditioning, the life style of the outdorrsman, these are all fascinatingly depicted. The comraderie among teammates is also covered in its complexities. Different attitudes between French and American cultures is also portrayed. It is a very rich, deep book. Besides that, it is a series of great adventures.

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