Eiger Dreams: Ventures among Men and Mountains

Eiger Dreams: Ventures among Men and Mountains

by Jon Krakauer
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Eiger Dreams: Ventures among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

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 Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, “The Devils Thumb,” Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska’s Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

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ISBN-13: 9781599216102
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 286,139
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.61(d)

About 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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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
tjs83 More than 1 year ago
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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