Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air

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The Mount Everest expedition, in the spring of 1996 was famous for the big storm and how many lives were lost. There were multiple team and many people that ascended the mountain at this time, with different intentions. Many of them go to say that they made it to the top, some want to be the first for their country and others are go up there for journalism or to just go up. In the novel Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer explains that this disaster had many actions take place that made all of the deaths of many possible. The people of this journey learned that it isn’t just about making it to the top, you have to make decisions that will get you back down safely. The big causes link together and one cause effects and produces other causes. . The big …show more content…
Many men and women, especially from Fischer and Hall’s team, got stranded high on the mountain during the storm. The storm had many effects including visibility, exhaustion and most of all the struggle to breath and no way to get down. The horrendous storm had intense winds, thus blowing around the top snow making it nearly impossible to see right in front of them. Krakauer states, “Beidleman, Groom, the two Sherpas, and seven clients staggered blindly around in the storm, growing ever more exhausted and hypothermic.” (215). The people of this journey were blinded by snow and was laborious to walk through. The storm caused various people to get frostbite, some just a insignificant amount and some were going to lose limbs. Not only was the storm horrendous the people descending the mountain didn’t have enough oxygen tanks to get them all the way down to the …show more content…
There were many smaller causes of this big disaster that had many effects but there was one big cause that made everything happen. The team of climbers got stuck in the storm due to the fact that they all wanted to make it to the top of Mt. Everest. The easy part was to get to the top but the hard part was getting everyone back down. The Sherpas, clients, and guides were dumbfounded when they realized they didn’t have enough oxygen to supply everyone on the way back down. The egos of many of these men and women were very high and they were not prepared. The main causes of the deaths in this season were due to the storm, lack of supplies and that their confidence over rode them to failure. The people of expeditions in spring of 1996 were defeated by the mountain and it was most certainly their

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