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Gripping, engaging, terrifying and supremely fascinating
on February 22, 2014
What compels someone to undertake an endeavor in which death is a likely outcome? What perverse thrill impels someone to climb a sheer vertical wall of rock? To face sudden storms, blistering walls of wind and ice, conditions where you are not sure if you are awake or dreaming, where a sudden misstep might plunge you down a bottomless crevasse never to be heard from again? Jon Krakauer takes you on such an amazing journey onto some of the most inhospitable and yet sublimely beautiful places on Earth. His intensely crackling descriptions of not just the otherworldly locations, but the mind sets of those who set out to brave these places makes for a spectacularly riveting read. Highly recommended.