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Accuracy Analysis of: “Into Thin Air”

by wisdom555 on 11/05/11 at 8:57 am

This is an analysis of the book: "Into Thin Air" and whether or not the information introduced in the book is accurate. This is done by me picking a stance accurate or not and supporting my choice with evidence from the book.

This novel is definitely an accurate portrayal of what happened while climbing Mount Everest. A great representation of the author’s authenticity is about how in one of the notes he mentions he will not include portions of the interview into the book and he didn’t. “Pittman and I discussed these and other events during a seventy-minute phone conversation six months after returning from Everest. Except to clarify certain points about the short-roping incident, she requested that I not quote any part of that dialogue in this book, and I have honored that request” (Krakauer 178). There was no mentioning of the discussion that he had with Sandy Pittman. For this information he questioned these other people directly and has taken dialogue from these interviews and conversations and applied them directly to the novel.

Outside from the conversation the author had with Sandy Pittman and followed her request the Jon Krakauer also had other accuracy refining details. When the author mentions that there was a mistake between the magazine company called: “Outside” and a website called: “Outside Online” there should be an actual website called outside online. “Several magazines and newspapers have erroneously reported that I was a correspondent for Outside Online. The confusion stemmed from the fact that Jane Bromet interviewed me at Base Camp and posted a transcript of the interview on the Outside Online website” (Krakauer 119). Turns out there was an actual website called outside online and the website does seem like it could fit into what the author was saying in the book.

At some point the author takes notice at all of the litter of oxygen canisters and in the notes section of the book he mentions a expedition that was geared towards cleaning up the litter on Mount Everest. “The spent oxygen bottles blighting the South Col have been accumulating since the 1950’s, but thanks to an ongoing litter-removal program instigated by Scott Fischer’s Sagamatha Environmental Expedition, there are fewer of them up there now than there used to be” (Krakauer 169). This was an actual expedition that Scott Fischer was a part of. 

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