His climbing attempt, which was fatal for several, became the most deadly expedition ever to be attempted on the mountain.
In the book, he reflects on his experience, reporting the experience as truthfully as possible, and resisting popular stereotypes about heroism and tragedy.
for the summit, after which anyone who hadn’t already reached it must turn back.
When rolled around, only a few, including Krakauer, had finished; however, the time cut-off was not enforced, leading to arrivals as late as p.m.
He recalls the Everest climb being split up into a sequence of five camps, which included an initial Base Camp followed by Camp One through Camp Four.
Krakauer states that his group spent weeks training at Base Camp, after which they repeatedly ventured up the mountains to the other camps.Reaching the summit is akin to a victory over the mountain.People who forge trails into the wilderness refer to "taming" the wilds.Krakauer, who made it down to Camp Four only partially deterred by the storm, had no idea how the rest of his group was faring. Hansen depleted his oxygen supplies, was unable to go further, and died.A separate party got lost in the storm and was rescued, with two individuals missing, whom they presumed were dead. Hansen and Hall were stranded and died despite the rescue efforts of a guide, who died as well.Many mistakes were made in ascending the mountain, but none proved severe until their final push to the summit.He remembers that Rob Hall announced a time cut-off of p.m.Every member of Adventure Consultants struggled to adjust to the high altitude, which led to fatigue and weight loss, impeding climbing speed.He recalls many of the members being too inexperienced to go far without the assistance of the guides.Many classic accounts regarding "man against nature" adventures liken these adventures to conquest.A mountain, for example, is a force to be mastered or conquered.