Eiger Dreams

Eiger Dreams

Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Book - 2009
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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 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.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781599216102
1599216108
Branch Call Number: 796.522 Krakauer
Characteristics: xiv, 188 p. ;,23 cm.

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cat_22
Jul 08, 2015

Jon Krakauer takes you along on the journey and this book is no exception. A must read for all JK fans of Into Thin Air.

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Madreley
May 20, 2014

Pretty good book by Krakauer. It covers a lot of variuous types of climbing rather than pure mountain climbing. I enjoyed the way he gives us a little of the background of the people covered in the book. easy reading and the chapters are not too long.

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tedrich2921
Dec 08, 2010

I wish I could write like Jon Krakauer. Some authors are so good that anything they write is enjoyable to read. He is that kind of author. In this case, the subject matter is also equally interesting. This book is a collection of essays he has written about climbing. Frankly, I find it hard to understand why someone would want to climb a mountain, but Krakauer takes you into the heads of the leading climbers of the past 20 or so years. This book is an interesting and fast read. I highly recommend it (and any of his other books as well).

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