Into Thin Air : Reader Response

Into Thin Air is based on a true story about a journalist, Jon Krakerar, and his adventure of climbing Everest.

The reason I wanted to read this story was because it is based on a true story and I wanted to know how it really felt climbing the mountain from a person who actually did it.

The book overall wasn’t action packed or that exciting but it did teach me about mountain climbing and human nature.

The book starts off talking about the history of Mount Everest and how much people were driven to be the first person to climb the tallest mountain.

This has drastically affected the environment of the mountain and the people around it.

The book talks about how Sherpas became helpers for the Westerners climbing  Mount Everest which has completely changed their way of life. It has increased their income and let them build schools and hospitals.

But on the other hand, it has negatively affected the mountain and increased the amount of pollution on it.

The book also talks about how people’s personalities change on the mountain and how they are not willing to help other in their time of  need.

Overall this book was a good read and I recommend everyone to read it.


Into Thin Air: Post- Colonial

Everest was discovered to be the tallest mountain in the world since the start pf the 19th century and ever since then people wanted to climb it. This lead to a massive amount of people traveling to Nepal and trying to climb it.

All the countries were competing against each other to see who can climb it first, which hs lead to countless deaths. It also changed the Sherpa culture as they were hired as helpers in the climb.


Into Thin Air: Feminist Response

Throughout the book, the author Jon Krakauer has constantly misrepresented the women in the story. There were two female characters in the book and they were Yasuko Namba and Sandy Pitman and were both perceived as dead weight for the group.

Yasuko seemed as a quiet Japanese woman who does not think properly and constantly slows down others and puts them in danger.

While Sandy is a self-centred person who did not put any effort climbing Everest herself and constantly abused others.

Both women did not get a chance to properly explain why the did the things they did and was being inferred from Krakauer’s perspective.



Into Thin Air: Archetypal Response

Archetype refers to the typical story or setting that shows the universal human nature. It usually has a hero and a villain. When looking from an archetypal perspective, the book is perceived humans climbing the mountain as heroes as it shows the world how humans can achieve anything if they try. While mount Everest is shown as the villain of the story as it takes many people’s lives and prevent them from reaching their goal.

On the other hand, humans could be perceived as the villain of the story because of how people’s greed to reach the top of Everest has violated the mountain through pollution and has also killed many people.

Serial Podcast Response

I just finished watching the first and last episode of the Serial podcast and want to give my thoughts and ideas on it.



Serial is a podcast about Sarah Koeing, a journalist who 1415888531403_wps_9_a_undated_photo_of_murderinvestigates the murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old from Woodlawn Highschool in 1999. Hae’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted of the murder and throughout the series, Sarah tries to prove Adnan’s innocence.

The podcast series was very interesting and felt like it was a mystery show filled with action and suspense.

But the ending of the podcast left many listeners questioning about is whether Adnan is actually innocent or not.



There were strong arguments on both sides of Adnan being guilty or not, but I think that he is.

First of all, there was the Nisha call. Nisha is a girl that Adnan was flirting with at the time and it is a very important because it was a call that Adnan at a time that he claimed he did not have his phone. But according to Jay’s testimony and evidence, it showed that Adnan was lying. In the podcast, all that the producers had against the argument was that it could have been a butt dial or someone else dialed the number which sounds too convenient for Adnan. That happening would be a huge coincidence that is extremely unlikely to happen.

Second, there is also a possibility that Adnan still loved Hae and was shocked when he saw her with Don. This shock may have pushed him off the edge and killed Hae. This theory gives Adnan a motif to kill Hae.

In the podcast Sarah, the narrator, says that either Adnan is extremely unlucky or he is actually the murderer.

Like how he conveniently loaned his car and phone to his friend the day his ex-girlfriend goes missing.

He also asks Hae for a ride that day just like how Jay described their plan is going to go.

And finally, Adnan conveniently forgets what he did on the day of Hae’s death while Jay’s story matches up with Adnan’s call history and geography.

These are too many coincidences and bad luck to the point where Adnan had to be the murderer.

Overall, I strongly believe that Adnan is the murderer because of the lack of evidence for him and so many ‘coincidences’ that happened to him.


Works Cited

Koeing, Sarah, narrator. “What We Know Now.” Serial, season 1, episode 12.

Portfolio Plan

For my novel study, I have picked the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer which is about a man and his journey to the summit of Everest.

I am going to write an argumentative essay for the book.

I picked an argumentative essay because I am a logical person and can’t really express my feelings. Therefore, a narrative essay is completely our of the question.

A persuasive essay is also a bad fit for me as I am not very emotional nor do I have strong opinions on any topic.

Because of this, I have decided to do an argumentative essay on my topic.

Argumentative essay is, therefore, the perfect fit for me as it requires logical thinking and good research to support your ideas. It addition, you also need a controlled tone and avoid sarcasm which is also perfect for my straightforward personality.

For my other three choices, I have decided to do a concept map, website, and podcast.

Concept map- Concept maps are very simple to make as you can pcmapaboutcmapslargeut down any idea that you have. You also don’t need full sentences and can write a word or phrase in each box. It will also help me organize my ideas for my essay and find my strong points. No only will it help me but it will also help the readers get a good understanding of the main ideas of the book and the overall theme.

Website- For the website, I decided to make a facebook page on Jon Krakerar (the fb_icon_325x325narrator of the story) and retell the story in a simpler way that is easy to follow. It will give the people who are not reading the book a good idea of what happens in the book and when it happens.

Podcast- Some of my feeling and ideas cannot be explained properly through writte33613-mic-interface-symboln mediums so I think that a podcast will communicate new ideas to the readers that I was not able to express.

Into Thin Air-Final Response

From page 241 to the end is when the climax starts and resolves.

While climbing to the summit, many people were stuck img_0499in a huge storm that made it very hard for them to come back to the camp. Their visibility was very low could not tell where the camp was or where they even were. During this storm, some people took a misstep and fell off the cliff while others were severely frostbitten and unable to move.

Thankfully, people like Ang Dorje and Stuart Hutchinson stepped up and started looking for people stranded in the storm. There they found Yasuko, Beck and Sandy struggling. In their rescue, they were able to save Beck and Sandy but Yasuko was dead.

Rob and Doug were also stuck in the storm and later died.

After the storm passed, it was found that there were many errors that lead to the catastrophe that took place in Everest.

First, at the oxygen refill station near the summit, Andy was insisting that there were no more oxygen tanks left when there were actually six left. This may have been the reason for Rob and Doug death as they were desperately looking for oxygen and was unable to find one.

Second, Rob told this crew to start heading back to camp at 2pm no matter how close to the summit they were. But, Rob broke his own rule and climbed to the summit with Doug at 5pm and also let Yasuko and Beck climb too.

Third, Krakauer claimed that he saw Doug came back to camp and therefore he was thought to be safe. But in reality, he was dying near the summit with Rob Hall.

This shows that it only takes a few errors to create a fatal mistake and situation where lives were lost.


Several weeks after the incident, Krakauer says that he now find pleasure in his daily life. He is grateful for being able to go to the washroom while being warm and cozy. This reaches the reader to always be grateful for what you have and find pleasure from it.

Overall, this book was quite good. It has taught people like me quite a bit about mountain climbing and about the dangers of it. It has also taught me just how much planning is required before attempting something so dangerous. Finally, I am learned that no matter how small a mistake is, it can cause catastrophic damage.



Into Thin Air- Third Response

The entire story from pages 139 to 240 is about Hall and his team climbing Everest.

Most of the time spent were them getting used to the thin atmosphere and preparing for their climb to the summit.

During the climb, we learn about how dirty Mount Everest actually is as it is filled with human feces, oxygen tanks, and human bodies. In order to clean up the mountain, climbers are required to bring back 8 pounds of garbage besides their own back or else they get fined.


Everyone climbing Everest are prepared to die or prepared to see the people around them die. Therefore, they do not flinch when they walk past dead bodies or even when they see someone fall off the mountain.

Overall, this part of the story did not have any significant detail and was just preparing the reader for when they climb to the summit of Everest.

Into Thin Air- Second Response

The book spends most of pages 74 to 138 explaining and describing each of the people he is going to climb with also  briefly talks about how the Everest climb has changed the Sherpa culture. rob-halls-team2

First, there were the guides: Rob Hall, Andy Harris, Mike Groom and Ang Dorje. Rob is the head guide who has climbed Everest 5 times and have lead countless others to the summit.

Rob is the head guide who has climbed Everest 5 times and have lead countless others to the summit.

Andy Harris is an experienced climber from New Zealand who has never climbed Everest.

Mike Groom is an Australian who has previously climbed to the summit of Everest.

Ang Dorje is a Sherpa and very skilled climber. He is Hall’s number one Sherpa and is very loyal towards him.

Among the clients climbing to the summit of Everest are: Doug Hansen, Stuart Hutchison, Lou Kasischke, Yasuko Namba, John Taske and Beck Weathers.

Doug Hansen was part of Hall’s team the previous year and was 300 ft short of reaching the summit because Rob stopped him. Because of this, Rob has given Hansen a discount and insisted him to try climbing Everest again. Hansen regrets not being able to climb Everest and is determined to climb it this time.

Stuart Hutchison is the youngest climber of the group and was also the most experienced climber.

Lou Kasischke is also a very experienced climber who has climbed six of the Seven Summits.

Yasuko Nambe is a Japanese woman who is the weakest climber of the group. From the very start, she has been at the back of the group and has been slowing them down. She might be one of the causes of the accident what is going to take place.

Like Yasuko, Jon Taske us also inexperienced in climbing and might also be a liability.

Beck Weathers is a doctor who is very passionate towards climbing to the point where he has left his wife to pursue climbing,

One thing that I found interesting was that after Krakauer describes all the other clients, he acts very arrogant. He disregards his team’s skills and thinks that most of them will be a liability and slow him down.


The book also extensively talks about how Westerners and their obsession of climbing Everest has changed the Sherpa culture. Sherpas are a tribe of people that live in high altitudes and are accustomed to the thin air. Because of this, climbers have been using Sherpas are helpers to aid them in their climb.

This Western influence has significantly changed Sherpa culture. The Sherpas learned how to speak English and has also opened up restaurants with western food like hamburgers.

Many of them have also focused on being skilled climbers to help out the other climbers as it paid much more than their usual job.

This increased wage has greatly helped their economy and has helped them build more schools and hospitals.

Overall, people wanting to climb Everest has been a positive effect to Sherpas life.






Into Thin Air-Initial Response

The book that I have decided to read for my ISU is “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer


This narrative is based on a true story about an American journalist, Jon Krakauer, and his journey of climbing Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.


As of the writing of the blog I have read 74 out of the 332 pages of the book, therefore, my ideas and thoughts on the book is strictly based on what I have read so far.

I found the first quarter of the book to be mediocre with many unnecessary information

The first 30 pages focus on introducing the readers to Mt. Everest and Jon Krakauer himself. A great deal of the first 20 pages is about the history of Mt. Everest like when it was named the tallest mountain in the world, how people reacted to it etc. Although these information were interesting, I think that there was too much of information and could be easily halved to get the same effect from it.

The background information helps the reader understand the human want to conquer things and attain the impossible.

The next 20 pages are spent giving a back story about Krakauer and how he used to be a mountain climber when he was younger. His backstory really added to the narrative as gave the reader a good idea of what kind of a person the narrator is and how he thinks. This is important to the reader as it creates a connection with the narrator from whom the reader is going to see the story from.

The reader is then introduced to Rob Hall who is the head guide and owner of the firm guiding Krakauer to the summit of Everest.

Overall, the first quarter of the story does a good job creating the setting by giving the reader a good explanation of Mount Everest and how much it means to people to be able to climb it. It also gives the reader a good understanding of Jon Krakauer and overall prepares the reader for the story that comes ahead.