Into Thin Air Soapstone

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Into Thin Air Speaker 1. “I’d written more than sixty pieces for Outside over the previous fifteen years[…]” (27). a. Jon Krakauer is obviously a credible writer. If he’s written over sixty pieces in fifteen years for a famous magazine they must trust his writing enough to keep publishing it. Although this is not an article for a magazine it’s pretty much the same deal; he wrote credible material to tell us about something that happened. This started as a published article anyway, so it has to be credible. 2. “During the thirty-three years I’d called myself a climber, I’d undertaken some difficult projects. In Alaska I’d put up a hairy new route on the Mooses Tooth, and pulled off a solo ascent of the Devils Thumb that involved spending three weeks alone on a remote ice cap. I’d done a number of fairly extreme ice climbs in Canada and Colorado” (27-28). b. Krakauer has had lots of previous experiences climbing mountains. One thing I got confused with in this story is the excess amount of mountaineering terms throughout. Krakauer has been climbing for a long time, so he must know everything about it and I trust that he uses the terms correctly, therefore his writing is very credible. 3. “*Pittman and I discussed these and other events during the seventy-minute phone conversation six months after returning from Everest. Except to clarify certain points about the short-roping incident, she requested that I not quote any part of that dialogue in this book, and I have honored that request” (178). c. We can trust that Krakauer is telling the truth because he was honored Pittman’s request. His credibility is even higher when we know that his teammates trust him when they ask him to do something, he does it. Occasion He says in the Introduction of the book the entire reason he wrote it. This book started out as just an article Krakauer

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