Anatoli Boukreev's Into Thin Air

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Anatoli Boukreev is one of the most controversial climbers in the book, Into Thin Air. his decision making was questionable at best. However his mountaineering skills were crucial to the survival of many. His love for the mountain couldn't be matched and everyone knew that. Anatoli was an experienced climber who had already made it to the top of the highest point on earth.
Anatoli Boukreev was another guide with Scott Fisher's group. He had previously climbed the mountain without supplemental oxygen which is no easy feat. All of the climbers in his group knew that he was an experienced climber but knew he lacked the skills to guide. Boukreev knew very little english and it was extremely broken. As many recall Boukreev went down the mountain on rescue missions but there comes a point in time where the climber has to defend himself. Anatoli led by example and is known as a man of little words. He
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Boukreev’s choice to go down the mountain gave him and other climbers enough rest to go on a rescue mission in the morning. Jon Krakauer, the author of Into Thin Air, is not a fan of Anatoli Boukreev. Krakauer believes that Anatoli was the one telling scott Fischer that he was going down early. Many believe that Anatoli was just trying to showcase his excellent climbing skills and that wasn’t his job.
Anatoli was still the hero on the night of the may 10 or 11 in 1996. He headed down the mountain early to get the much needed oxygen tanks that his group and rob hall group. Then he climbed back up the mountain to guide a stranded group, which included Jon Krakauer, down the mountain and back to camp. But he wasn’t done yet, he turned around and guided another group of five or six back to base camp. This was in the middle of the night during a vicious windstorm When Anatoli left Beck Weathers behind, he confused another climber as a guide. Beck Weathers was also blind and had been sitting there for eight

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