Eiger Dreams

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Eiger Dreams
Eiger Dreams - bookcover.jpg
Paperback edition
Author Jon Krakauer
Country United States
Language English
Subject Collection of essays
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Lyons Press
Publication date
September 1, 1992
Media type Print, e-book
Pages 189 pp.
ISBN 0-385-48818-1
Followed by Into the Wild

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains is a non-fiction collection of articles and essays by Jon Krakauer on mountaineering and rock climbing. Eleven out of twelve of the chapters were initially published between 1982 and 1989 in the magazines Outside, Smithsonian, and New Age Journal.


It concerns a variety of topics, from ascending the Eiger Nordwand in the Swiss Alps, Denali in Alaska or K2 in the Karakoram, to the well-known rock climbers Jon Krakauer has met on his trips, such as John Gill, Adrian Popovich or the Burgess brothers, Adrian and Alan. He also describes other extreme sports, such as canyoneering and climbing frozen waterfalls.

Chapters of the book [edit]

  • "Eiger Dreams"
  • "Gill"
  • "Valdez Ice"
  • "On Being Tentbound"
  • "The Flyboys of Talkeetna"
  • "Club Denali"
  • "Chamonix"
  • "Canyoneering"
  • "A Mountain Higher Than Everest?"
  • "The Burgess Boys"
  • "A Bad Summer on K2"
  • "The Devils Thumb"