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    Greed and the Disaster at Mt. Everest

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    In six pages this paper examines how Into Thin Air chronicles Krakauer's real life Mt. Everest experience and the effects of greed. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    and mere travel is too ordinary after awhile. Of course, some excitement is good, and certainly a vacation that includes encounters with nature is healthy. However, as demonstrated by the  book Into Thin Air, no ordinary human being with enough money should ever climb Mount Everest. It is not as if no one should climb the mountain and take on  exciting challenges, but the people who died in Krakauers account, probably did not have to. They were misled, misinformed and just plain ignorant. And while the general public is too  trusting, and not informed about a lot of things, the truth is that businesses take advantage of rich people, and it sometimes cost them their lives. Krakauers story is  in fact rather fascinating and it looks at economics and climbing logistics; it also looks at the narrow margin for error as well as the dangers of altitude  sickness (Magnuson , 1998). The actual oxygen depletion that clouds thinking and hinders movement is also a part of the work (1998). The author himself is a skilled mountain  climber with 35 years of experience under his belt (1998). The author went to Everest along with Rob Hall of Adventure Consultants in order to consider the commercialization aspect  of Everests summit (Magnuson , 1998). The expedition had paying clients who only had limited climbing experience, but who had each paid the amount of $65,000 to climb that  mountain, excluding the price of equipment and air fare (1998). One can imagine that the business made a lot of money off of the deal. They only had to provide  expert guidance so much of the money was profit. Krakauer does ask whether or not the people really belonged on the mountain (Magnuson, 1998). The answer seems to 

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