Monday, September 14, 2015

Into Thin Air...



For those of you who don't know this, dentistry has a very unique connection to Mount Everest.  For those of you who have read the book or seen the movie "Into Thin Air" you know that one of the climbers was a pathologist whose name is Beck Weathers.  Beck has a brother, whom I've had the pleasure to hang out with, named Kit Weathers and Kit is a general dentist.

Since meeting Kit and also reading "Into Thin Air", I've developed a bit of a fascination with Everest.  I would never want to climb any mountain, but I am fascinated by those who do.  There is also the process of climbing itself, which is full of high tech gear which, of course, attracts me like a moth to a flame.

So over the weekend, I was thrilled to have stumbled across an article at  The Huffington Post about climbing a very dangerous peak in India called Meru.  The article featured an interview with John Krakauer who was a writer on the aforementioned Everest expedition and wrote "Into Thin Air".

However, it isn't just the article that grabbed my attention.  Krakauer and another climber, Jimmy Chin, were interviewed in a video about a movie the Chin directed about climbing Meru.  The video features footage from the climb/movie of Meru and is just breathtaking.  Take a look, it is highly recommended.


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