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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Paperback)
  • Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Paperback)

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 01/07/2011
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.

In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.

From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330370004
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 152 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 12 mm

The author of "Into Thin Air" "has taken the literature of mountains onto a higher ledge." --"New York Times Book Review """ "Armchair adventurers can't ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there." --"Publisher's Weekly"

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“Mountain Man”

Krakauer writes so vividly about his one true passion - the mountains and the great outdoors. He also describes very movingly how his need to prove himself to his overbearing father pushed him to great climbing feats... More

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