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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Krakauer, John

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ISBN 10: 1558210571 / ISBN 13: 9781558210578
Published by Lyons & Burford, New York, N.Y., 1990
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Second printing. The author's first book. Quarterbound in blue cloth-covered boards with a black cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $17.95); the deep blue of the lettering on the front panel is faded to a turquoise on the spine, and the top board edges are also somewhat faded. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005757

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Title: Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and ...

Publisher: Lyons & Burford, New York, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

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A compelling study of mountain climbing captures the determination, thirst for adventure and challenge, and obsession of the individuals who climb such mountains as Denali, K2, Everest, the Eiger, and other notable peaks throughout the world

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No matter what the actual temperature may be, several pages into Eiger Dreams you will begin to shiver. Halfway through you will acquire a new appreciation for your fingers, toes, and the fact that you still have a nose. And by the end of this collection, you'll define some commonly used phrases in an entirely different way. The understated "catch some air" and the whimsical "log some flight time" are climbers' euphemisms for falling, while "crater" refers to what happens when you log some flight time all the way to the ground. "Summiting," the term for reaching the top of a mountain, seems almost colorless in comparison. The various heroes, risk-takers, incompetents, and individualists Krakauer captures are more than colorful, whether they summit or not. The author is more interested in exploring the addiction of risk--the intensity of effort--than mere triumph. There's the mythical minimalist climber, John Gill, whose fame "rests entirely on assents less than thirty feet high," and the Burgess brothers--freewheeling, free-floating English twins who seem to make all the right decisions when it counts, and hence most often fail to reach the top. Of course, they are alive. Over these and other talented climbers hangs a malignant, endlessly creative nature--its foehn winds can make people crazy and its avalanches do far worse. Eiger Dreams is an adrenaline fest for the weary, an overdue examination of a stylish, brave subculture. As one of the heroes Krakauer outlines says of his occupation, "It's sort of like having fun, only different."

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