Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer (1954-) is an American mountaineer and writer who primarily writes about the outdoors. He is the author of a number of bestselling non-fiction books, among them Into the Wild (1996) and Into Thin Air (1997), which have both been adapted into films. Jon Krakauer has also worked for various magazines such as National Geographic Magazine and Rolling Stone. He participated in a guided ascent of Mount Everest in 1996 where four members of the team died. This disaster is recollected in Into Thin Air. Into the Wild documents how Christopher McCandless, a young man from a well-to-do family, changed his name to Alexander Supertramp after graduating from university with honours, donated his $25,000 savings to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska. Here he walked alone into the wilderness and four months later his body was found by a moose hunter. In the following letter he writes to Ronald Franz, a lonely 80-year-old man who lost his son and wife in 1957. Ronald met Alex in March 1992 when he drove him from California to Colorado. They agreed to keep in touch, and Ronald became very attached to Alex and wanted to help him.