May 22, 2004

I don't want to climb Everest

With a 'failure rate' like this. . .

Since 1953, a total of 1,373 people have climbed Everest from the Nepali and the Chinese sides. During that half century, 178 people have died on the mountain - a mortality rate of 13 percent.

. . . I'd rather stay home and read Jon Krakauer books.

Posted by Carey at May 22, 2004 12:03 AM

Krakauer's Into Thin Air was awesome--easily one of the best I'd read in a while. I'm in total agreement with you on it being much preferable to actually doing the climb.

Posted by: Len Cleavelin at May 22, 2004 10:17 PM

Into the Wild was also very impressive. But Into Thin Air was truly staggering. Last night at the bookstore, I saw Under the Banner of Heaven (or whatever it's called) and seriously considered picking up a copy....

Posted by: Heidi at May 23, 2004 02:41 PM