1954 - Jon Krakauer, born on the 12th of April, grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where his father introduced him to mountaineering as an 8-year-old.
1976 - Graduated from Hampshire College, he divided his time between Colorado, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest, earning his living primarily as a carpenter and commercial salmon fisherman, spending most of his free moments in the mountains.
1977 - He traveled alone to the remote Stikine Icecap in Southeast Alaska, went three weeks without encountering another person, and climbed a new route on a graceful, intimidating peak called the Devil's Thumb. 1992 - He climbed the West Face of Cerro Torre in the Patagonian Andes (a mile-high spike of granite sheathed in a carapace of frozen rime, Cerro Torre was once considered the most difficult mountain on earth).
1996 - In May, he reached the top of Mt. Everest, but during the descent a storm engulfed the peak, taking the lives of four of the five teammates who climbed to the summit with him. 1997 - His book honored as the "Book of the Year" by Time magazine, one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
1998 - One of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction. - He established the Everest '96 Memorial Fund at the Boulder Community Foundation, endowing it with royalties from Into Thin Air.
1999 - He received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious award intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."
2003 - His latest book, which he has spent the last four years researching and writing, is Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, published by Doubleday in July 2003.
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