1. What is the date at the opening chapter and what is Beck doing?
In the opening chapter, it's May 10, 1996. Beck Weathers, the main character and co-author of the book, was trapped in the Death Zone on Mount Everest along with dozens of other climbers.
2. How does Beck contrast current weather conditions with the conditions when he started up the summit eighteen hours earlier?
Beck described how a blizzard came in bringing in overpowering winds and frigid temperatures that plummeted to 60 below zero Fahrenheit. He contrasted that to eighteen hours earlier when he was starting up the summit in glorious weather.
3. What did Beck say was the reason he climbed, and what was the impact of his climbing on his family?
Beck used mountain climbing to escape depression. His wife Peach said his obsession with climbing was breaking up the family.
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