Jon Krakauer is an accomplished author with his many award winning novels, as well as being an experienced mountaineer. Born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1954, Krakauer started mountain climbing with his father at the age of eight. As he continued to climb and heighten his skills in the wilderness, Jon Krakauer used these events as inspirations for many of his books.
After graduating from Hampshire College in 1977, Krakauer attempted to climb the Devil's Thumb in southeastern Alaska. This steep mountain is sheerly ice-dappled and seldom conquered by the most advanced hikers. Krakauer climbed the mountain along a route that had never been attempted, and after many setbacks Krakauer gave up; however these false attempts contributed to his mass produced novel Into the Wild.
Another example of Jon Krakauer's infusions of wilderness with reading was the chronicles of his hike up Mount Everest. In 1996, Krakauer agreed to go on an expedition up mount Everest in order to write an article for Outside Magazine; however, that season on Mount Everest was one of the deadliest ever and turned fatal for Krakauer's teammates and his expedition leader. In the midst of recovering physically and emotionally from the unfortunate expedition, Krakauer turned his article into a full novel called Into Thin Air. This compelling yet tragic novel made Krakauer a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout the nineties, Jon Krakauer has continued to research and write novels and articles, as well as continuing to explore the unknown wilderness.
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