Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains

by Jon Krakauer

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493035373
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 105,145
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Eiger Dreams 1

2 Gill 15

3 Valdez Ice 28

4 On Being Tentbound 43

5 The Flyboys of Talkeetna 52

6 Club Denali 66

7 Chamonix 86

8 Canyoneering 105

9 A Mountain Higher than Everest? 118

10 The Burgess Boys 132

11 A Bad Summer on K2 151

12 The Devils Thumb 165

About the Author 189

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