Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer Essay

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In the novel Into Thin Air, the author Jon Krakauer shows us two characters who have some similarities, yet are markedly different. Rob Hall and Scott Fischer are both world renowned mountain climbers as well as the leaders and head guides of their own mountain climbing enterprises. Each employ the respect of his peers, yet here is where the similarities end. With differences in their physical stature, climbing styles, and safety concerns, it would seem that one was destined to succeed and other to fail. Krakauer describes Hall as being a thirty-five-year-old man standing at "six foot three or four and skinny as a pole" (31). His approach to climbing and guiding was meticulous and demanding. He paid close attention to details and had an…show more content…
Hall maintained that his clients climbed as a cohesive group as well as enforcing the turn-around times with the notable exception of the summit climb. Showing genuine concern for his Sherpa help, Hall made sure his clients understood their importance and was cavillous of other expedition leaders’ indifference to their Sherpa help. While most people would agree that wisdom comes with age and recklessness is for the young, such is not the case with Scott Fischer. Fischer, in stark contrast to Hall, was a man of forty with a very athletic build. Fischer was very passionate about climbing and had a strong desire to be the best yet his approach to climbing was reckless with little respect for his own welfare. Krakauer writes, "If the name of Hall’s business, Adventure Consultants, mirrored his methodical, fastidious approach to climbing, Mountain Madness was an even more accurate reflection of Scott’s personal style. By his early twenties, he had developed a reputation for a harrowing, damn-the-torpedoes approach to ascent" (62). Like Hall, Fischer had prior successful climbs, although on many occasions he had some climbing mishaps which could have cost him his life. Fischer did not have the "flair for publicity" like Hall creating the inability to gain many sponsorships in his climbing career. Like Hall, Fischer also climbed the summit of Mt. Everest but never as a guide. When Fischer opened Mountain Madness in 1996, it was his first
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