by Jon Krakauer
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has himself battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, Eiger - always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience.
The book is exciting and frighting at the same time. Jon's voice makes you want to go out and climb a mountain. But, at the sametime he makes your understand that this sport is not to be taken lightly. His usage of words are vivid and they tug at the hidden naturalist that lies inside of all of us. This is a must read for those who wish to commit to a life of extreme adventure and for he freedom to rise above the clouds.
Not Bad, But Not Great
I've read several of Krakauer's books and have enjoyed them, he is a talented writer. Eiger Dreams is a collection of climbing stories experienced by the author. Some were intriguing and others make you wonder about Krakauer's commitment to climbing, like when he abandoned the Eiger climb out of frustration with the weather. Kept my attention but didn't keep me awake at night.
Great book if you dream of or live adventure.
I climbed Mt. Rainier a few months ago. As a novice climber, I could relate to the book and I loved it. The book samples some of the best climbs throughout the world. Even if you are not a climber, the book is very enjoyable. Adventure and differing personalities undertone the shorter stories that make up the book. The quick pace will keep your attention. If you liked Into the Wild, you will like Eiger Dreams.