Teaser Tuesdays: Into Thin Air


My pick for #NonFictionNovember this year is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – a book about the Mt.Everest climbing tragedy that happened in 1996.

In this book, Krakauer subtly voices his opinions about rich people who pay their way up the mountain. Here is a comment he makes about famous socialite Sandy Hill Pittman who was climbing with them.

The weather deteriorated as the afternoon wore on.

Lopsang Jangbu, Fischer’s sirdar, showed up bearing a back-wrenching eighty-pound load, some thirty pounds of which consisted of a satellite telephone and its peripheral hardware: Sandy Pittman was intending to file Internet dispatches from 26,000 feet.

~ Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Which makes me wonder, did the guides not have a weight limit imposed on their clients? Shouldn’t they have warned their clients about carrying unnecessary luggage? Didn’t Pittman herself not feel bad that she is making someone else carry so much luggage up a mountain? The mind boggles. And my heart goes out to these poor sherpas who have to do so much of the heavy lifting in expeditions such as this.

Have you read this book? I started it on Sunday, and read it non-stop. It’s not often that a non-fiction reads so compelling.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • Wow! This book sounds like a real eye-opener. Love the teasers! 🙂

  • Jennine G.

    A coworker recently suggested this book and there’s a huge stack of them in my classroom closet. Maybe I’ll read it with my class of 15 boys!

  • laura thomas

    I’d love to read this one. I imagine it’s a very visual read.

    Here’s my TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/11/24/teaser-tuesdays-137-a-piece-of-you/

  • I read this one a few years ago. It was my favorite read that year. Jon Krakauer’s books are just amazing.

    • Nishita

      @athirac:disqus It’s going to be on my favorites list this year for sure.

  • Karen

    Sounds like this book is a cut above the normal one about heroic feats. I like the fact he asks some searching questions

    • Nishita

      @disqus_gmoXW9BOB2:disqus He really does. He got a lot of flak I heard at the time of publishing this book because of some of his observations. But I thought he made some valid points.

  • Sandra Nachlinger

    This book is on my husband’s bookshelf, but I haven’t read it. Sounds like a good one.
    My Tuesday post features The Beach House.

  • What’s he doing – launching his own satellite? How quickly technology changes.

  • That’s definitely a book you can’t put down!
    Mine this week is from The Elegance of the Hedgehog (L’elegance du herisson) by Muriel Barbery at http://wp.me/pZnGI-qP

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