Overcoming Difficulties shown in”Into Thin Air” – Jon Krakauer

The non-fictional novel Into Thin Air written by Jon Krakauer was published in late 1999 from Anchor Books. This story takes place 29 028 ft on the peak of Mount Everest.

Originally the story was an article for a magazine, where Krakauer was asked to climb Everest and write them an article with details on the mountain. Although, after the agreed time and place of where the article was to be written then sent it Krakauer decides his story wasn’t finished yet. He believed that he needed to know more, which meant he needed to get higher. Krakauer always dreamed about climbing Mount Everest which I believe this was his chance in doing so, therefore he took full advantage. He began contacting other climbers, involving them and getting their thoughts and information about the history on Everest. Although, the higher they got the more they realized that they were almost at the top. A storm came in from out of nowhere, there wasn’t any evidence signalling one to come it. It was a brutal storm and left the climbers to life and death, but that is where the story truly begins.

I found the storyline very interesting to where I believe it shows how if you have the right mindset then you can overcome any obstacle. Through putting something dangerous back in your life to having to face something severe and permanent.

Hobby by definition is “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure” ( Krakauer’s hobby was originally climbing, although it shifted. At one point climbing was the base stone of his life, where as at another point he was referring it as a hobby, finally he just gave up on climbing in general. Yet, the call from Outside Magazine peaked his interest. A call came to Krakauer in March 1995, proposing if he would join a guided group departing unless than a week and for him to write at base camp only about the “mushrooming commercialization of the mountain” (Krakauer, 26). So, Krakauer went through all the trouble on getting the required immunizations and even booked the ticket before he decided he was not going. I mean what fun would it be for an experienced climber to go spend weeks at the base of the highest mountain in the world and be told you can not climb it? Therefore Krakauer had an idea, a bold one, but an idea. He calls up the magazine company of whom he’s wrote several articles to before and asked kindly if he would be given a year to prepare himself to the weather because he was determined to climb it, also he asked for them to pay the fee to safely be brought up and back along with booked guide services. I find this section in chapter 3 relatable to my thesis because it shows him overcoming the obstacle that was holding him away from the passion he loves.


Also, another point that shows overcoming obstacles is when Krakauer has come to the realization that most of his guides and fellow climbers have died in the storm. Where he faces the questions and authorities when he descends back to the ground. He begins pondering on what he may be asked

“…people would ask why, if the weather had begun to deteriorate, had climbers on the upper mountain not heeded the signs? Why did veteran Himalayan guides keep moving upward, ushering a gaggle of relatively inexperienced amateurs-each of whom had paid as much as $65 000 to be taken safely up Everest- into an apparent death trap?”(Krakauer, 8).

I believe that a difficult obstacle that Krakauer faced was leaving many bodies on the mountain while he was still alive and functioned. I feel like that would be the hardest thing to do, is know that you are alive and colleagues are dead. To me going back down to see the families all standing there waiting to see if their loved ones were one of the ones that lived would kill me inside. Therefore, I believe that moving past the fact of death to be the one to make it down and tell the families so they stop worrying would be the ultimate obstacle.


I found this novel very moving, as Krakauer shows strength and the stability needed to survive. I believe Krakauer shows highly thought of examples of overcoming obstacles throughout the disaster of ’96.


Portfolio Planning Game

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For the final project, my teacher has chosen us to do a portfolio. In this blog I am informing of what I am to do within my portfolio, I have chosen to do the following;  narrative essay, a webpage, a blog, and a concept map.
I chose the argumentative essay over a persuasive or narrative essay because since the novel is told in first person and being non-fictional there is nothing to persuade over and narrative would be more difficult trying to retell a story of death. I do believe that what Krakauer wrote and published to be a reliable source on the disaster of ’96 on Mt Everest.

Secondly, I chose to do a webpage. In choosing this I believe it will bring the attention to the air when looking at because I can add maps, pictures, and stories on it. The audience will be able to get a visual on what the group dealt with.

Thirdly, I chose in doing another blog. I chose another blog because I have been writing blogs throughout this course and am very comfortable in doing so. Also, I have already written 4 blogs on Into Thin Air so I believe this is a wise choice.

Lastly, I chose to add a concept map to my portfolio. I believe this to be a wise choice because it can help me with my other parts for my final project as all my thoughts and opinions will be thoroughly organized with the facts.

Best Theory for “Into Thin Air” – Jon Krakauer

After doing three blogs on the novel Into Thin Air from reader response, archetypal, and feminist. I believe the reader response gives a better in tell on the novel itself. I believe this because it is a non-fictional story told in first person, therefore it only seems appropriate that the reader response gives more knowledge.

The feminist point of view would work better I think if the author was a woman, although the fact is the women would still need to be around the author and with this particular story I find it difficult to add that.

The archetypal point of view was also difficult to piece together from it being non-fiction. I found trying to place who was who was more difficult as each person showed strong and weak points throughout their battle.

I strongly believe the reader response gave the most in tell because I found the story interesting which kept me engaged. I found myself reading quicker and quicker looking at the storyline and how it was progessing. I also found myself remembering the characters well which is something I sometimes forget.

The disadvantage I found with the story being solely from Jon Krakauer is it can raise more questions than answered. I know that in 127 Hours, Aron Ralston was dehydrated and had lack of food which caused him to start hallucinating. How do I know that with the minimum that Krakauer ate was enough to remember every detail without overlooking it and to know it was what actually happened? Also, it would be better if some other authors were involved in this book because it could answer the questions of what was happening all around the climbers to help out.

Final Third of “Into Thin Air” – Jon Krakauer

When I finished the book my mind was just in awe about what I have read. The details were so precise throughout while the emotions were so bold I could feel the impact and the pain hit me with every line.  I found that the last third of the book was were the story came to life, all the action and adventure takes place within the last chapters.

I found the book to have no bad signs pointing towards the women. I found the fact that since the story is entirely based surrounding Krakauer that if the woman were not present around him then they would not be mentioned more in the novel. Although, they included woman throughout the novel even included woman climbers.


The lady in the image is Sandy Pittman, an employee of NBC. She had attempted climbing Everest twice prior to the final climb. She was determined to be the first woman to climb every highest mountain in all 7 continents and was being noticed for having high odds in doing so.



To the left is Helen Wilton, the manager of the base camp. She was an important part because she had the job where in times of crisis she was in charge of warning everyone and safely getting them out.



I found this book to have an equal share in the roles the men and women were given. Woman were respected and represented as being capable of doing job men are capable of doing.

The climbers were all different races and had different religions which I found nice considering some people to this day are against being with anyone other than their own culture which can disgust me. I found this book very appealing with the way woman and other cultures were represented.


Second Third of Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

Throughout the second third of the novel Into Thin Air is explaining day by day the story of the climb of Mt Everest. Jon Krakauer is the ultimate main character in the novel, therefore I am going to explain him.

Krakauer is the adventurist in the story, he was born in 1954 in Oregon. His father was also an adventurist, where he introduced his son at the age of 8 into his world. After graduation he spent his time focused on work, where as the next chapter of his life was devoting his time to climbing. After that climbing became a huge portion of his life, although all things must die off at some point. As he had did little and little climbing as he got older.

Krakauer was asked to do an article on Everest, he decided it was time to go back to his old self and do what made him happy. He decided he was going to climb Mount Everest.


A character Krakauer reminds me of is Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. I find both these characters to distinguish similar traits. Along with the major trait being their love for adventure, I mean who else would do what these two have done? Ralston was trapped for five entire days wearing a T-shirt and shorts and having minimum water. His hand was crushed and he faced the end decision of realizing help was not coming so he had to cut his own hand off to escape. In the end, he was found and got well. I find these characters similar due to the factor of being outdoorsy men who enjoy climbing. They both face similar tasks and remain calm and use knowledge to help get out safely as possible.


Throughout the book I believe Krakauer is the one of the brainier characters. I believe since he has been climbing mountains since a very young age we should expect great things to come from him. I have a feeling that near the end of the book he is going to come to a point where he has to make an important decision and he will pick the harder one but end up getting through it with instincts and knowledge.

First Third of “Into Thin Air” – Jon Krakauer

The novel Into Thin Air written by Jon Krakauer is a non-fictional book based on the ’96 Mount Everest disaster that left several dead. Jon Krakauer was born in 1954 in Oregon. He was introduced to being a mountaineer by his father.

The novel takes place May 10, 1996 when Krakauer is at the peak of Mt Everest a roaring 29 028 feet in the air. Chapter one takes place during the middle of being trapped with 6 climbers already dead. Where at the top of Mt Everest with all sorts of difficulties hitting him such as; separated ribs from the intense coughing, and troubles breathing. He states “weeks of violent coughing had left me with two separated ribs that made ordinary breathing an excruciating trial” (Krakauer,8). Throughout he starts thinking about what he will have to answer to when he gets back down. After being on top, he starts to make his lengthly climb back down the mountain to safety.



After the first chapter, the book starts giving off the history of Mt Everest. Starting in 1852 where he explains the myths and the factor of Everest being born. Where as shortly after realizing it is in fact the highest mountain and it is only a matter of time before people are crazy enough to attempt to climb it.

I find that the way Krakauer writes after reading the first handful of chapters he is going for an interest for a specific audience. Whereas other authors go for a more broad audience, Krakauer narrows his audience to what he refers to as “dreamers” which are people who have or at least thought about climbing mountains. I believe he refers to the “dreamers” because who in their right mind would decide to spend the wages to climb a cold mountain huh? In fact, Krakauer has it in his blood. He is intrigued with the mountains.

Looking into short term aspects of the novel, I am worried of the safety of walking back down the mountain in the storm. While they already lost climbers “among my five teammates who reached the top, four, including Hall, perished in a rogue storm that blew in without warning while we were still high ion the peak”(Krakauer, Seattle, November 1996). I see more men dying and the capacity of their bodies to hit the limit.

Looking into long term, I can see Krakauer having contemplations with himself worried he will never make it back down and even if he did if he would want to deal with the consequences afterwards? If he even wants to live while he lost so many colleagues of his already in the storm?

While reading the book I was continuously making connections with other books I have read, I found it similar to “Finest Hours” written by Michael J. Tougias. Which is taken place in 1952, where a boat that has broke down in the Atlantic Ocean and a rescue team had to go out at night into the storm to find these men and save them. It is still referred to, to this day, the greatest small boat rescue.

Throughout reading this book I found that the details where very precise which states that his memory of the story is still burned into his mind. He remembers thorough details about the scenes and instances.

Falsely Conviction of Adnan Syed

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The world is a dark, mysterious place filled of both good and evil. Humans are a species that evolved from apes and believe to concur the world, although some take this power to a new extent. Killing one another has been happening for centuries, whether it be a torture method used in kingdoms, for amusement somehow, or plainly because you did not like the person due to some event. The world is full of murders, which look the same as anyone, despite the stereotypes of “what a murderer looks like”. Adnan Syed is a man blamed for a crime he may not of committed.

I stand for justice, despite the religion, culture, gender, sexuality, or colour. I just want the person committing the sins and evil to be stopped, not killed just put away for good.

In 1999, a tragedy occurred which leaves police stumped. A popular teenage girl named Hae Min Lee disappears one day, weeks later her body was discovered… Police take ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed and colleague Jay Wilds into questioning. Though Wilds story seems certain, Syed has no reasonable alibi expect for one person, yet the difficulty is the person can not be found. Syed was sentenced to prison and life in it as well. While Wilds story finally comes to the conclusion of helping bury the body, Syed has never admitted to killing Lee. Sarah Koenig takes matter into her own hands and digs deeper, she uncovers a much more twisted and complicated story that no one could ever imagine.

Many called Syed “The Golden Child”, he was likable and people thoroughly enjoyable. Syed’s family was Muslims and did not allow Adnan to have a girlfriend. This was used against him because he did lie to his family about partying and having a girlfriend, as well as throwing everything away for a girl.

Jay Wilds was the drug dealer for Syed. Wilds story has holes throughout, his story is consistently changing. Which for me I believe that when criminals are being cornered go under pressure and while twist the story and blame others for what they did. I also believe that the fact that Wilds is not concerned to call the police about the actions. He states that he drove Adnan back to school to be seen and put as an alibi.

Syed was sent letters stating that he does have alibis and that other saw him too.

I believe that Adnan is innocent to the extent of not killing Lee, although I believe the story Wilds said was actually the roles backwards. The fact that people have not looked into Syed’s alibis who are detailed oriented is suspicious. I believe that the trial was solely based to help Wilds get off and throw Syed under the bus.

Musical Remixes


Remix by definition is a different version of a musical recording produced by remixing. I chose to do this blog specifically about the remixing of music. The “new” hit songs being played are in fact remakes of older ones. Quite often my mother and I will be driving along singing to these songs and to my surprise she can actually keep up, when questioned she replies with “Lex, it’s just a remix of a song from my era”. Much to my surprise we curiously google the song she believed to be the sole base of the creation and in fact is similar in many aspects.

The two songs “Bring It On Home” seem to be rip offs instead of remixes, the tempo is the same along with the title and in similarity the lyrics. Again, the definition of remix comes into play between the songs “Dazed and Confused” with noticeably having the same title have exquisitely similar lyrics. Though, the tempo changes.

“The Lemon Song” and “Killing Floor” are also remarkably similar although, I find that this is a remix. The tempo of one is slightly more upbeat than the other and the lyrics differ. “Stairway To Heaven” is a remix of “Taurus” as the instruments in “Taurus” are a large group than in “Stairway To Heaven”.

The band never stated the songs were original, due to minimal changes. Although, I believe the songs were borderline covers more so remixes. The notes through the lyrics differed as well as the original sound.  I believe that though they borrowed work from other artists without using pieces from a variety they intact were not ripping off the other artists.

In conclusion, to avoid ripping off artists you should be cautious and wary on what you take for creating your song. If the sound in other song matches the theme and the lyrics the tempo should be altered. Along with the lyrics, nothing should be taken and solely be told it is your own work.

Serial Podcast

This podcast began with the explanation of the story that would be covered. Serial is about a high school student, who is believed by many people in the community to be a victim of a wrongful conviction. This conviction being of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Han Lee.

It opens with Sarah Koenig (the author) discussing the challenges of memory and how much of an impact it has on this case. Everything that is put up against Adnan to our knowledge is based on one students memory of that day.

The first episode takes you through the other accounts and theories for the murder while providing a somewhat biased view towards Adnan (The one with the ‘wrongful’ conviction). We don’t really hear much from anyone that is against Adnan except from the one who provided the case against him in the first place. This leads listeners to have more evidence of his innocence.

We also don’t hear from Han’s or Adnan’s families. Having the podcast becoming so popular could bring vastly different feelings for both sides. Adnan’s family could be feeling relief that they might get justice for their son, while Han’s family could be feeling uneasy as the idea that their daughter’s murderer was never caught.

The benefits of this type of media outlet is being able to hear the people that it involves although doesn’t allow you to reread over missed parts.