Jon Krakauer was born in
Corvallis, OR. On his eighth birthday his father gave him an ice axe, and
shortly after his parents took him up South Sister, Three Sisters Wilderness. By
the time Jon turned eighteen climbing had become the thing he cared about most
in life. After graduating from Hampshire College he spent time living, traveling
and climbing in the western states. He made enough money to live and fund his
adventures by working as a carpenter and as a commercial fisherman, from
Colorado up to Alaska. In 1981 Jon sold his first article to a national
Jon has climbed throughout
the mountains of North America as well as Asia and Antarctica. He
reached the summit of Everest in 1996 as part of Rob Hall's group, Adventure
Consultants. He was sent on the climb as a journalist there to capture the
journey. Unfortunately, the expedition was struck by a ferocious storm.
Eight people died during the May 10th tragedy, five of which were Jonís
teammates. Jon wrote an analysis of the events on Everest for Outside magazine,
earning him the 1996 National Magazine Award for Reporting. "Into Thin Air" is
the book that followed Jon's Everest expedition. The book was translated
into 24 languages; earning him international recognition as an author.
Jon continues to climb despite
having lived through the Everest experience; however he no longer climbs above
24,000ft and has no plans to ever return to Everest. Aside from climbing and
writing, Jon also enjoys snowboarding and reading and spending time with his
wife, who shares his passion for the outdoors.
Jon has written many successful
books in addition to "Into Thin Air"; including "Into the Wild", "Eiger Dreams" and most
recently, "Under the Banner of Heaven".