Jon Krakauer grew up in the US state of Oregon and came to mountaineering very early through his father. He was strongly influenced by his personal acquaintance with Willi Unsoeld , who was a friend of his father's.
“A few months before Unsoeld left for Nepal, I climbed the summit of my first mountain together with my father, Willi and Regon [Unsoeld] - a somewhat sensational 2750 meter high volcano in the Cascade Range [...]. So it is hardly surprising that the stories of the hero saga of 1963 on Everest keep my prepubescent imagination busy for a long time. While my friends made John Glenn , Sandy Koufax and Johnny Unitas their idols, my role models were Hornbein and Unsoeld. "
He works as an author in the field of mountaineering and outdoor and among other things works for the magazine " Outside ". He became internationally known through his factual report " Into Thin Air " ( Into Thin Air ) supported by the disaster on Mount Everest is in May 1996, in which he as a journalist for "Outside" in Rob Hall's Team Adventure Consultants participated. Two commercially run expeditions got into one of the frequent thunderstorms that can occur suddenly in the afternoon even on good ascent days. The storm and the lack of rescue options led to the death of several expedition members as a result of lack of oxygen, exhaustion, frostbite and falls.
From Krakauer's magazine reports and his book In icy heights , a fierce controversy developed with the mountain guide Anatoli Bukrejew , who was professionally involved in the same event and who presented the event differently in many points in another book. Krakauer's book became a bestseller that sold millions of times. Hall's widow called him scum because he printed the last radio conversation between the dying man and her in his book.
Another bestseller was Krakauer's book Into the Wild , in which he describes the fate of the dropout Christopher McCandless . The film adaptation of the work under the title Into the Wild (2007) by Sean Penn reached an audience of millions worldwide.
In Murder on behalf of God (2003) he tells the story of the Mormons , their origins and their persecution, but also the crimes that members of this religious community have committed and how the Mormons deal with them.
Alpinistic services (extract)
- Mooses Tooth , 3150 m (Central Alaska Range), 1975 new route over couloir in the south face to the summit ("Ham and Eggs") with Tom Davies and Nate Zinsser.
- Devils Thumb , 2767 m (Boundary Ranges, Alaska), 1977 solo ascent on a new route in the southeast face, previously attempted the first ascent of the north face
- Eiger north face , 1984 experiment with Mark Twight
- Cerro Torre , 3133 m (Patagonia), 1992 second ascent via the Ferrari route in the west face with Dan Kauthorn
- Mount Everest , 8848 m (Himalaya), ascent in 1996 as a member of the crashed Adventure Consultants expedition
- Mount Vinson , 4892 m (Antarctica), 2001 First ascent of the east face with Conrad Anker , Dave Hahn, Andrew Mclean, Dan Stone, Lisel Clark, John Armstrong and Rob Raker
- Eiger Dreams. Ventures Among Men and Mountains. 1990. (German. On the peaks of the world. The north face of the Eiger and other dreams. Piper, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-492-23197-7 )
- Into the wild. 1996. (German. Into the wild. Piper, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-89029-187-2 )
- Into thin air. 1997. ( In icy heights. The drama on Mount Everest. Piper, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-89029-110-4 , No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from April 20, 1998 to January 10, 1999 and from January 18, 1998. until January 24, 1999 ) (also as an audio book on 9 CDs, ISBN 3-88698-712-4 )
- Under the Banner of Heaven. A Story of Violent Faith. 2003. (German murder on behalf of God. A report on religious fundamentalism in the USA. Piper, Munich / Zurich 2003, ISBN 3-492-04571-5 .)
- Where Men Win Glory. The Odyssey of Pat Tillman . 2009. (German. In the fields of honor. The tragedy of the soldier Pat Tillman. Piper, Munich / Zurich 2011, ISBN 978-3-492-26402-0 )
- Three Cups of Deceit. How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way . 2011, ISBN 978-0-307-94876-2 .
Missoula : Rape and the Justice System in a College Town . Button Doubleday, New York City, USA 2015, ISBN 978-0-385-53873-2 .
- German by Hans Freundl and Sigrid Schmid: The shame of Missoula. Rape in the land of freedom . Piper, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-492-05756-1 .
- Literature by and about Jon Krakauer in the catalog of the German National Library
- Jon Krakauer in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Biographical information (as of 2003)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 12, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Brookline , Massachusetts, USA|