I did the unthinkable this past weekend – I actually read a book. You know, those things made out of paper with printed words inside them?  All kidding aside it had been about 3 years since I last read a book.  It was well worth the wait…

Before I get into the actual book I think it’s worth noting that when a book is really good it practically reads itself – I read this book in a day in a half! I could. not. put. it. down.  The book that I read was called “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer.  The clip below is actually the teaser for a Frontline documentary about the book.  This story is absolutely spell binding…

The book isn’t terribly long or anything but even if it was 2,000 pages I wouldn’t have been dissuaded.  The premise of the book is based on actual events that occurred in May 1996.  An expedition group was attempting to summit Mount Everest and, just when everything looked good, things went horribly, horribly wrong.  Expert mountaineers perished, novices survived and one man showed a level of survival and determination that I cannot put into words (His name is Beck Weathers…just google him).

The main thing I took from this book was the fact that Mount Everest has become a commodity rather than a voracious Mountain.  Even the most novice of climbers naively thought (and continue to think) that they can summit this mountain by being in good shape and basically showing up.  That is obviously not the case.  There are still dead bodies scattered on the mountain in plain view for climbers to see – it’s just surreal.

In the end the book is a cautionary tale of sorts – The power of mother nature is something that humanity may never overcome, no matter what technology we throw at her.  If you do not show respect to this mountain you will die – it’s pretty much that simple.

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