Ten Things I Learned from Jon Krakauer

Stars Over Everest 2 by Sam Hawley 2011. Used under creative commons license.
Stars Over Everest 2 by Sam Hawley

I admit I am slightly obsessed with Mount Everest and the climbers who attempt to tame her. Jon Krakauer is the highly acclaimed journalistic writer who documented the fatal climb in 1996, in his book Into Thin Air. He has written extensively about other climbs on Everest, and he is a fantastic, engaging writer. I’ve compiled a list of ten things I learned from him, and I wanted to share it with you.

  1. Don’t go it alone.
  2. Respect the things you cannot change.
  3. Don’t tell your guide what to do.
  4. Money won’t save you on the mountain.
  5. Be prepared.
  6. Know when to turn around.
  7. Failure is not failing to reach the summit.
  8. The servants (Sherpas in Jon’s case) are the ones to emulate.
  9. Know what you’re capable of, especially when you’re not in your right mind.
  10. Panic and fear are your worst enemies.

What have you learned from your favorite author?

Written by: Angela Magnotti Andrews
Instructions: Write ten things you’ve learned from your favorite author.
Source of Writing Exercise: Angela Magnotti Andrews

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