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Into Thin Air Kyle Bouffard September 19, 2006(revised December 12, 2006) Eng 101, Prof. Lavoie Jon Krakauer is a good mountain climber, but how good is he? When reading his book, Into Thin Air , one may be lead to believe that he is at the top end of climbers. But if you take a deeper look at it you may look at his skills in another light. Is he one of the elite climbers like Scott Fischer or Rob Hall? I certainly don’t think so, but he’s definitely not an amateur. And does age play a factor in his status as a climber? So where does he stand in this discussion I believe its somewhere in the middle. He does have a lot of experience, but not in high altitude climbs. “I was forty-one now, well past my climbing prime, with a graying beard, bad gums, and fifteen extra pounds around my midriff.”(28) Krakauer had been an avid climber in the earlier part of his life. But at this point he’s a 41 year old man who hasn’t climbed in years as we can see from professional sports, when a man turns around 40 he is
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Irenejackson during the Spring '08 term at University of Maine Orono .

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