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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains Paperback – May 19, 1997
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In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.
From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (May 19, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 186 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385488181
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385488181
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.22 x 0.5 x 7.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eiger dreams is 189 pages of good short stories about mountaineering and adventure. The book read well, kept the readers attention, some stress and excitement. No boring parts. I read it in 2 days.
We see twelve short stories of different people including at times Joh Krakauer planning and climbing different mountains, and smaller steep difficult climbs. Many of these people I never heard about but were legends in their different climbing practices like ice walls, waterfalls, steep pinnacles, 8000M peaks like K2 and Everest and more. A wide assortment of different climbing.
This is a good book for those wanting to read mountaineering adventure but don't have too much time. The reader can read a short story put the book down and come right back to a new and completely different adventure.
Into Thin Air INMO was little better but Eiger Dreams still a good book and proudly added to our family library. 4 1/3 stars
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Great read, please write another. Many thanks.
Unique book, in that way.
I really enjoyed it ... and it featured a couple of climbs I'd also done in the French Alps.
Interesting to read his experiences on those routes.