Into Thin Air - Lhotse Face: April 29, 1996 - 23,400 Feet Summary & Analysis

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Lhotse Face: April 29, 1996 - 23,400 Feet Summary and Analysis

The day after weather turns them back from Camp Three, the group makes another attempt. Hansen stays behind to allow his throat to heal. Krakauer slowly and laboriously makes his way up the Lhotse Face, taking two deep breaths for every step. He explains that the notion that mountain climbers are only seeking adrenaline rushes is false, as this kind of climbing is the opposite of that kind of thrill. Instead, he theorizes, climbing Everest is more about enduring pain.

Krakauer speculates on the motivations of some of his teammates. Beck Weathers, he feels, is not simply another overachieving doctor, but is actually hooked on climbing for its very real challenges. Taske, a retired colonel, climbing provides a sense of mission missing from civilian life.

Krakauer confides that he is becoming less comfortable...

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