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Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas Paperback – August 31, 1998
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Many who write about the mountaineering life are doomed to suffer the question, are they writers who climb, or climbers who write? With Greg Child, at least, the answer is crystal clear: Writing or climbing, he reaches the same heights with style. (Jeff Long)
This book is a treasure, capturing that mixture of stress, excitement, tragedy, humor and joy that makes up extreme climbing in the Himalaya. (Chris Bonington)
Nobody writes better about mountaineering than Greg Child. This is a funny, sometimes wrenching, extremely powerful book. I would recommend it to anyone. (Jon Krakauer)
About the Author
Greg Child is a world-class rock climber, mountaineer, author, and filmmaker. He is a writer for Outside magazine and has authored several books. In 1987, Child was honored with the American Alpine Club's Literary Award for his prolific and insightful mountaineering literature. In 2011, Greg was president of the jury for mountaineering's coveted Piolet d'Or. award. he live in Castle Valley, Utah.
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For me, the chapters on Broad Peak in the Karakoram were the highlight of this collection . Child describes the geography, people and culture of Pakistan as well as the logistics of the expedition with such clarity and force that it is not hard to begin imagining you are there with him before too long.
But it is his deep respect for all the people he encounters and climbs with that makes this narrative so rich and special. In this regard readers will be moved indeed when Child looses his friend and climbing partner Peter Thexton to pulmonary edema after turning back from the summit on Broad Peak (without getting quite to the top). This tragedy is related with such pathos and power. And it makes Child reconsider the entire enterprise to which he has devoted his life, a process that one rarely reads about in the writings of high altitude mountaineers who so often maintain a stoic attitude reflexively. One's life, Child ultimately decides, takes precedence over the conquest of 8,000 meter peaks; no matter how compelling and significant such a goal may seem.
A good example of when to 'call it a day' while the goings good.
The death zone's impact on the human body is well described.
This is definitely a great read.