Thursday, December 9, 2010

On the 15th day of Christmas, Babbitt's Books gave to me . . .

. . . a signed first edition of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.

This book is Krakauer's most famous next to Into The Wild, and tells the story of his perilous ascent up Mount Everest. Krakauer, an amateur mountaineer, was originally assigned by Outside magazine to climb only to base camp, where he would report on the commercialization of Mount Everest. However, the assignment reawakened his interest in mountain-climbing, and he asked for an additional year to train so that he could follow the expedition all the way to the top. 

He eventually makes it to the summit, but not without suffering hypoxia and severe sleep-deprivation. The grueling climb quickly becomes the least of his problems as a sudden, violent storm sweeps across the mountain. When the clouds lift the following morning, five climbers in his party are dead. 

"Krakauer examines what it is about Everest," reads the dust jacket blurb, "that has compelled so many people--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense."

If you'd just like to read the story, never mind the Krakauer autograph, we have two additional copies to suit your needs. One is a hardcover, jacketed first edition for $5 and the second is a paperback for $4. Both are in very good condition.

So if you have a rugged, outdoorsy friend or family member to buy for, keep this book in mind. Travel writing and outdoors writing doesn't get any better than Jon Krakauer.

Title: Into Thin Air
Publisher: Villard
Year: 1997
Features: Signed, First Edition
Condition: Near Fine / Very Good dust jacket
Price: $80

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