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Krakauer, Jon

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Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Athlete, Journalist, Mountaineer, Writers

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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.

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