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    Mountains and their lure.

    Krakauer is a master at explaining what makes certain people want to climb mountains. There is a maxim that nothing is really fun that does not have an element of mortal danger. Hiking, skiing, deep sea fishing are all really fun but can be really dangerous. Also Krakauer delves into the mind set of the participants and the facilitators for serious hard rock climbing. For in stance he explains why the French refuse Swedish hiking teams lodging as being the really cheap, untaxed alcohol in France. The Swedes tend to go nuts and cause more trouble than they are worth. The book gets one into the psyche of a person who challenges all of the harshest aspects of nature to stand on top of Everest or the Eiger. A fascinating read.

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