December 30, 1997 |
A search continued for noted Russian mountain climber Anatoli Boukreev, who was feared to have died on 26,500-foot Mt. Annapurna after an avalanche swept him away Christmas Day, the Tourism Ministry said. Boukreev, 39, was a subject of the best-selling book "Into Thin Air," in which author and fellow climber Jon Krakauer criticized his role in a 1996 expedition on Mt. Everest that cost eight climbers' lives.
July 25, 2013 |
A self-proclaimed biblical prophet with a flowing gray beard and the name Papa Pilgrim shows up with his wife and 14 children in a bit of Alaskan wilderness so remote and austere it has driven all other settlers away. Even the native Ahtna people never wanted to live in the narrow defile between grinding glaciers and peaks that rise 16,000 feet. The few residents of the nearby ghost town of McCarthy don't know what to make of the Pilgrim family at first, and they don't ask too many questions; whatever past drives someone to such cold isolation is a door best not to knock on. Tom Kizzia, a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, knocked and then pried it off the hinges with his darkly intriguing new book, "Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier.
August 29, 2004
Having just read Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven," I was very interested in the article on Flora Jessop and her crusade to free the women held captive by an extremist religion ("Flora's War," by Matthew Heller, Aug. 1). It is appalling to learn that this offshoot of the Mormon Church is subsidized by our welfare system and is allowed to practice polygamy with little interference from law enforcement agencies. Women raised in this environment are brainwashed into believing that they have no rights and must marry--often in their early teens--whoever is chosen for them, bear children and be a household drudge.
May 3, 2005 |
Inspired in part by the critical commentary on women climbers in Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," "Savage Summit" traces the careers of the only women -- two French, two British, one Polish -- who have summitted K-2, the second-highest and most lethal mountain in the world, and is, in a way, their epitaph. Each of those five women lost their lives climbing, three during their descent of K-2 after summitting.