Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended in the worst single-season death toll in the peak’s history.
This is one of my all time favourite books. It was the first ‘mountain’ book I read while on holiday in the Isle of Arran and it did not disappoint. You forget this book is non-fiction as it is so gripping, detailed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The vivid imagery makes you feel everything that is happening. It is also a very interesting insight into the commercialism of Everest which is a bit of shame, and highlights the amazing work the Sherpas do. All in all an amazing read and it will make you feel like you are right there with the climbers!