Over the past two years I've reviewed several books about some famous and not-so-famous explorers, including those who explored icy oceans and steamy jungles. But those were older history. To wrap up my armchair exploration theme – and as I prepare for a backpacking trip to climb Mt. Whitney this summer – I thought I'd share a couple of books about more recent history and explorers who went to frightening extremes.
I first came upon Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer about 10 or 11 years ago while we were spending a week at the beach house. I had already finished the book I'd brought with me (I think it was Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead, which wasn't very good) when I found this one on the shelf. I was still more interested in fiction than non-fiction, but it was the only thing that looked half-way interesting. It only took a few pages though, before I couldn't put it down. (Incidentally, our vacation ended before I could finish the book and I was sorely tempted to "borrow" it from the beach house – but I found it at the library instead when I got back home.)