Jon Krakauer

  • Born in 1954, raised in Oregon, his father introduced to climbing at the age of eight
  • Graduated from Hampshire College in 1976
  • Worked as a carpenter and commercial salmon fisherman in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and Alaska
  • After graduating college, he spent most of his free tim e thinking about or climbing mountains
  • In 1977, he traversed the Stikine Icecap and climbed up a new route on the remote peak Devil's Thumb, a solo feat that is well documented in Krakauer's 1996 book Into The Wild
  • Climbed the West Face of Cerro Torre in the Patagonian Andes, which was once considered the most technically challenging mountain to ascent in the world
  • Documented the journey of Chris McCandless in the 1996 bestseller Into The Wild
  • Wrote an article in Outside Magazine and published Into Thin Air to document his experience on Everest, as well as explore the calamity that he had witnessed unfold
  • Has written for Outside, Smithsonian, National Geographic Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Architectural Digest
  • In 2003, he published Under the Banner of Heaven, in which he explores the religious beliefs and branches of Mormonism
  • Served as editor of the Exploration series of the Modern Library
  • Most recently published Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (2009), in which he discusses the war in Afghanistan and investigates the Army's controversial attempted cover-up of the death of former NFL player and US Army Ranger Pat Tillman

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    Cerro Torre
    Devil's Thumb
    Krakauer in Afghanistan