Author of the Month

February 2021 – Jon Krakuauer

Jon Krakauer, author of 1996’s “Into The Wild” and 1997’s “Into Thin Air”

So in the spirit of the most romantic month of the year, I am doing a feature on a totally unrelated author – Jon Krakuauer!!!

Early Life:
He was born April 12, 1954 in  born in Brookline, Massachusetts and from the age of two he grew up  in Corvallis, Oregon.
His father was the one to introduce him to mountaineering at the age of eight.
He attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in Environmental Studies.
In 1980 he married Linda Mariam Moore, a former climber. They now live in Boulder, Colorado (Wikimedia).
Krakuauer is best known as an American writer and mountaineer. 

Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one.

Jon Krakauer – “Into the Wild”
This is a quote/statement I fully agree with. I have long had this exact ideology and to see it expressed in a novel, just somehow makes it more powerful and relevant.

Mountaineering, Journalism & Books:
After he graduated, Krakauer spent five weeks alone in the wilderness, climbing a new route in the region of Alaska.
His experience in the wilderness was documented and described in Eiger Dreams and in Into the Wild (Wikimedia).
In 1996, Krakauer was part of a disaster on the world’s highest mountain.
His group was caught in a violent storm which trapped a number of climbers high on the slopes of the mountain.
A recount of the event was published in the magazine Outside and later his novel “Into Thin Air” was written about his experience on Everest

Krakauer is also popularly known for his journalistic writing for Outside magazine, for which he wrote a recount of his experience on Everest.
He sold the rights of his novel “Into Thin Air” to Sony Pictures and according to Krakauer, the studio went on to make a poorly reviewed television movie about the tragedy. (Los Angeles Times).
In 2015, Universal Pictures distributed the film “Everest” which was based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall (portrayed by Jason Clarke) and the other by Scott Fischer (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal).
No one asked for Krakauer’s input on the story and he said of the movie that “It’s total bull” (Los Angeles Times).
Works-Cited List:

“Jon Krakauer” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 30 January 2021,
Kaufman, Amy. ‘It’s total bull’: Jon Krakauer hates ‘Everest,’ praises Sean Penn and just made a doc on polygamy.
Los Angeles Times. 30 January 2021,

“Jon Krakauer “. Penguin Random House, 30 January 2021,

“Jon Krakauer.” Wind and Fly LTD, 2021. 30 January 2021.

“Everest (2015 film)”. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 01 February 2021.

Magolego, Kgothatjo. “EVEREST REVIEW”.
KG’S MOVIE RANTS. 01 February 2021.

Duran, JD. “Movie Series Review: Into the Wild (Recent Historical Figures)”.
InSession Film.  01 February 2021. 

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