Into Thin Air Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Krakauer's feelings when he reaches the summit in his description at the beginning of this book.

Krakauer is too exhausted to care that he reached the top. The thin air, the lack of sleep, and illness have left him drained, and the low oxygen is affecting his thinking.

2. Which two people are in the picture Krakauer takes when he gets to the summit?

Krakauer takes pictures of Bourkeev and Andy Harris, two guides that reach the summit at about the same time.

3. What alarms Krakauer as he begins to make his own descent from the summit?

Krakauer is alarmed to see a stream of climbers coming up to the summit at such a late time. He has to wait for them to pass, which slows his own descent.

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