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In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World Paperback – February 28, 1998
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Forget the hype about the new 'extreme' sports; mountaineering has been around for centuries and it's clearly the most extreme of all ... it's hard to beat Peter Potterfield's In the Zone. (Men's Journal)
A compelling and somewhat troubling look at the dark side of mountaineering. (Jon Krakauer, author, Into Thin Air)
- Publisher : Mountaineers Books (February 28, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0898865689
- ISBN-13 : 978-0898865684
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,109,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, can someone get an editor in here? It's not even that it's poorly written. It's just poorly edited. It reads like a first draft. Certain ideas or situations are repeated. And then repeated again. If you can get past that, it is worth reading. I blew through it in two days. Mostly this was due to the momentum of the first story.
Where I disagree with some people is that I feel the second story did have a point. It's just not spelled out and more left to what it meant to you as a reader. It did invoke thoughts based off my own outdoor experiences and I feel that's the point. Just to think what you will. Was it worth it? Was it all just another case of chasing the dragon?
The first story is why I gave it three stars. If it were based on the last story - the authors own story - I would give it none. As someone who reads about accidents to learn (both in my outdoor pursuits and profession, it's all in the details. You have to exhaust and explain everything that was going on to get the whole picture of the incident so that there can be a learning experience without having that experience yourself. Maybe the author wanted to leave it open as in the second story but there is a gap one particular detail that leaves a hole the size of the Grand Canyon. I find this inexcusable. If he didn't want to speak to it, he should have just said so. The story is without lesson or moral and otherwise just a long story about a rescue. A dramatic one, I'll give him that, but with the glaring omission, I just can't get past it.
In spite of this, still worth a read if for nothing else, the first story.
While those of you felt this book lacked accountability and content, I lack the experience in mountain climbing to be so critical of the stories projected by the author. I was able to experience through my imagination what it must have felt like to live through these mountaineering challenges. I feel no need to ask too many questions in respect to faults, for I know so very little about the sport. I simply held the stories in my mind, reflected on their enormity and danger, and appreciated the skills of rescuers and the drive of certain people to climb to the highest mountain and breathe the thinest of air.
For that, I enjoyed this book. Quite simply, I appreciated reading the stories with my feet planted firmly on my floor.