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Into Thin Air Lesson Plan

Introduction to Into Thin Air

Published in 1997, Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's personal account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, during which a "rogue storm" killed eight climbers and stranded many others. Krakauer details the competition between two rival mountaineering agencies - Rob Hall's Adventure Consultants and Scott Fischer's Mountain Madness - and alleges that effective, time-honored safety precautions were compromised in order to deliver their clients to the summit. What initially began as an article for Outside magazine about the increasing commercialization of Everest, the initial assignment reignited Krakauer's childhood desire to climb the mountain, and became what would have been a personal...

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