Friday, August 18, 2006

Mt. Everest - 10 years after

Most folks interested in mountaineering and expeditions know what happened 10 years ago on Mt. Everest when 12 climbers died descending the mountain. Jon Krakauer's must-read book Into Thin Air tells the story of the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest.

Neal Beidleman, U.S. guide on this expedition and key figure in Krakauer's book said:

"I have nothing against Everest myself. The tragedy that happened to us wasn't because the mountain had some evil personality or anything beyond just being a mountain. The reason I would not go back is not because of what happened to us. It's just because it's not the type of thing that I'm interested in climbing right now."

If you're interested to find out more about how Neal Beidleman is doing ten years after the Mt. Everest disaster, I recommend reading Paul Willis article "Tragic mountain, one decade later".

Click here to grab a copy of Into Thin Air at