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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and…

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (1990)

by Jon Krakauer, Jon Krakauer

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Now I know why I ride horses; it's safer. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
To start with, I am not a mountain climber and have zero interest in becoming one. So when I tell you that I was enthralled by these articles on mountaineering, it's not because of any innate interest in the sport. The lifestyle is completely different from anything I'd ever experienced: people camping out in the snow for days, waiting for the weather to be right for climbing; regular trips to remote locations in Nepal and Alaska; picking one's way straight up a wall of ice. While Krakauer does not flinch from any of the grisly realities of such a dangerous sport, either - A Bad Summer on K2 is especially grim - he also shares some of the amazing accomplishments that otherwise ordinary people have made in the face of an especially unwelcoming part of Nature. But while I still prefer to be reading from the warmth of my cozy chair, I did catch a glimpse of why people might want to climb mountains, as crazy as it sounds. ( )
  melydia | Oct 30, 2014 |
Nice collection of essays about mountaineering. It was Krakauer's first book, but it shows his usual writing style, which I happen to like a lot. Nice, entertaining and easy reading if you are into mountaineering, or at least if you're curious about it. ( )
  chaghi | Jun 1, 2014 |
A dozen fascinating essays on climbing, its history and its personalities. I always enjoy Krakauer's work, and this is no exception.
  wareagle78 | Mar 17, 2014 |
Now why would someone who generally hates cold weather and snow become so intrigued by books and videos about mountaineering? I was fooling around with my IPODs (have one of each generation being an addict to electronic devices) that plays video and just for laughs downloaded The Discovery Channel's Everest series from iTunes and watched it on my little iPod. Clarity and resolution are astonishing.

That got me back into Eiger Dreams. It's outstanding. I had already read Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, both excellent. So here I am blowing snow off my long (800 ft) lane, knocking back drifts, trying to keep my glasses free of snow, enjoying Audible's Eiger Dreams, read quite credibly by the author. Bizarre scene, but very enjoyable.

I am more than a little surprised that no one has forced the climbers to clean up after themselves, What a mess on the Everest summit; and apparently, according to Krakauer, it's difficult to find clean snow to melt on Mt. McKinley there is so much excrement from previous climbers. Time to send some cleanup expeditions. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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The oldest, most widespread stories in the world are adventure stories, about human heroes who venture into the myth-countries at the risk of their lives, and bring back tales of the world beyond men . . . It could be argued . . . That the narrative art itself arose from the need to tell an adventure; that man risking his life in perilous encounters constitutes the original definition of what is worth talking about.
Paul Zweig, "The Adventurer"
Having an adventure shows that someone is incompetent, that something has gone wrong. An adventure is interesting enough in retrospect, especially to the person who didn't have it; at the time it happens it usually constitutes an exceedingly disagreeable experience.
Vilhjalmur Stefansson, "My Life with the Eskimo"
For LINDA, with thoughts of Green Mountain Falls, the Wind Rivers, and Roanoke Street.
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Mountain climbing is comprehended dimly, if at all, by most of the nonclimbing world. (Author's note)
In the early moments of The Eiger Sanction, Clint Eastwood saunters into the dimply lit headquarters of C-2 to find out who he is supposed to assassinate next.
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No matter what the actual temperature may be, several pages into Eiger Dreams you will begin to shiver. Halfway through you will acquire a new appreciation for your fingers, toes, and the fact that you still have a nose. And by the end of this collection, you'll define some commonly used phrases in an entirely different way. The understated "catch some air" and the whimsical "log some flight time" are climbers' euphemisms for falling, while "crater" refers to what happens when you log some flight time all the way to the ground. "Summiting," the term for reaching the top of a mountain, seems almost colorless in comparison. The various heroes, risk-takers, incompetents, and individualists Krakauer captures are more than colorful, whether they summit or not. The author is more interested in exploring the addiction of risk--the intensity of effort--than mere triumph. There's the mythical minimalist climber, John Gill, whose fame "rests entirely on assents less than thirty feet high," and the Burgess brothers--freewheeling, free-floating English twins who seem to make all the right decisions when it counts, and hence most often fail to reach the top. Of course, they are alive. Over these and other talented climbers hangs a malignant, endlessly creative nature--its foehn winds can make people crazy and its avalanches do far worse. Eiger Dreams is an adrenaline fest for the weary, an overdue examination of a stylish, brave subculture. As one of the heroes Krakauer outlines says of his occupation, "It's sort of like having fun, only different."

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Explores the adventure and risks that compel climbers to face the challenges of such peaks as Denali, K2, Everest, and the Eiger.

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