SurfNTurf wrote:Regarding Boukreev vs. Krakauer, keep in mind that both of them were involved in the situation and both of them are human. One doesn't necessarily have to be an a**hole liar and the other unequivocally right. They're going to have skewed perspectives, and it's not hard to find sources to corroborate your story if you ignore enough people who don't. Journalists aren't generally allowed to be the subject of their own articles for a reason. Striving to be objective might be an impossible goal, but good journalists at least give it their best shot. Did either Krakauer or Boukreev write a completely factual, objective book about such an intricate situation while also setting aside their egos to portray themselves in an honest light? I sincerely doubt it. I also sincerely doubt either lied maliciously; they simply wrote what they knew and believed according to the "facts" available to them at the time.
I have to agree here. While Anatoli has been very influential on my life, I don't view Krakauer as a bad person. Sure, I disagree with him...but I don't think he maliciously went after Anatoli. They both have their version and its hard to change that.
Toli is one of the best High Altitude Mountaineers of all time.
Krakaeu is an accomplished writer and a superb technical climber. Devil's Thumb anyone?
They each have their strengths, come from vastly different backgrounds and had two very different experiences of the same event.