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Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2nd edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898865883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898865882
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Greg Child is a world-class rock climber, mountaineer, author, and filmmaker. He is a writer for Outside magazine and has authored several books. In 1987, Child was honored with the American Alpine Club's Literary Award for his prolific and insightful mountaineering literature. In 2011, Greg was president of the jury for mountaineering's coveted Piolet d'Or. award. he live in Castle Valley, Utah.

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Not many know about this book, but it is superbly written. If you love adventure books, this is a must!
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Greg Child's "Thin Air" is a well-written book telling tales of expeditions to some of the Himalaya's highest and most challenging peaks. The tales of the loss of a climbing partner, the motivation to continue climbing and eventually to succeed on one of the world's most challenging mountains, Gasherbrum IV, and the way in which that triumph was tempered on their return by news of disaster having overtaken others, are told very well. Descriptions of the climbs are balanced with reflections on why he feels driven to climb, wry descriptions of climbing partners and others balanced with empathy for those affected by the consequences of climbing.

It's a fine book and one I strongly recommend.
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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 1999
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One of the best books I have ever read or given to family/friends (I have bought 10+ copies since it was first published...too bad the original hard copy version is no longer available...mine is now in rough shape). My favorite climbing book of all time. Inspired. Be humbled with Child, then grab your gear... After this read, 'Deborah & Mountain of my Fear'.
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Have not read much of it yet. Just a few pages. Looks ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Study In High Altitude Apprenticeship 17 Nov. 2000
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This is a superb set of essays which describes the transfiguration of a gifted technical rock climber into a high- altitude mountaineer. In addition, it is a well-written, absorbing chronicle of high adventure in one of the most spectacular regions on earth (replete with dozens of stunning photographs).
For me, the chapters on Broad Peak in the Karakoram were the highlight of this collection . Child describes the geography, people and culture of Pakistan as well as the logistics of the expedition with such clarity and force that it is not hard to begin imagining you are there with him before too long.
But it is his deep respect for all the people he encounters and climbs with that makes this narrative so rich and special. In this regard readers will be moved indeed when Child looses his friend and climbing partner Peter Thexton to pulmonary edema after turning back from the summit on Broad Peak (without getting quite to the top). This tragedy is related with such pathos and power. And it makes Child reconsider the entire enterprise to which he has devoted his life, a process that one rarely reads about in the writings of high altitude mountaineers who so often maintain a stoic attitude reflexively. One's life, Child ultimately decides, takes precedence over the conquest of 8,000 meter peaks; no matter how compelling and significant such a goal may seem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Style 10 Feb. 2013
By Otto Schwalb - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read a lot of these books on Himalayan climbs as I have, you will definitely find this a solid, enjoyable read. Some of the hanging around en route could benefit by being abridged, but once at base camp the book is a real page-turner. Child's position as the inexperienced young climber tagging along with Doug Scott and Don Whillans is very cool...provides some interesting personality insights I have not seen in other books. Scott said something like "This is the move, kid, we have to go for it now..." was very endearing (both from the fatherly perspective of Scott as well as the willingness to trust of Child). The book also has some VERY cool photos.
5.0 out of 5 stars .A book about great explorations is hard to come by in this is one new one that is worth every dime 4 Jan. 2015
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If you're into adventure like Shackleton or Perry or any of the great explorers you've got to remember that the Himalayas with the last peaks to be conquered – no else they are but at mountains with the death zone of over 26,000 feet. These things take months to climb and years to prepare for and this is a great book about all of that. Highly recommended. This is a guy who actually did that stuff that we just read about from our couch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Good 5 July 2013
By Diptonlad - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will grab both serious climbers and the armchair variety. The reality of being with people when they actually die and the human process of working out what it might or, might not, all mean, afterwards comes through well. The absolute commitment required on the east Pillar of Shiving is portrayed well with some great writing. Each Chapter seems to have a character of its own that draws you in - but I am not going to tell you any more - go read, there truly is something here for everyone, from bolting to the summit in the himalayas to tricky porters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 24 Sept. 2012
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I have enjoyed a number of stories on the efforts of mountaineers, but Greg Child's account ranks up there as one of the best. Perhaps what makes it so vivid is that he didn't start out as the traditional mountaineer, but as a rock climber and transfered those skills to the Himalaya adventure. He has a wonderful eye for capturing the local color...those who make the climbs possible. He treats the locals with dignity and respect...an element missing from many tales. As for the climbing, Greg does a wonderful job that brings the reader along on the trek...as if you are there.

This is definitely a great read.
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