The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 12, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 12, 2012.
By United Press International
WGA, West spikes its awards show

WGA, West spikes its awards show

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Hollywood writers' strike has claimed another casualty, with the Writers Guild of America, West saying it will spike its awards show if the strike persists.

Vedder and Penn slated for Q&A

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference has lined up Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder, for a keynote question-and-answer session.

Deadly season ends on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 30 (UPI) -- A deadly spring climbing season has ended on Mount Everest, with at least 10 people dying in efforts to reach the roof of the world.

Cast lined up for 'Into the Wild'

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Actors Vince Vaughn and Katherine Keener have signed on to star with Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's film, "Into the Wild," it was reported Monday.
Jon Krakauer
Actress Christina Ricci attends the premiere of the true life adventure motion picture "Into the Wild" at the Directors Guild Theatre in Los Angeles on September 18, 2007. The film, based on the book by Jon Krakauer was written and directed by Sean Penn. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Jon Krakauer (born April 12, 1954) is an American writer and mountaineer, primarily known for his writing about the outdoors and mountain-climbing. He is the author of best-selling non-fiction books–Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman–as well as numerous magazine articles.

Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts as the third of five children and was raised in Corvallis, Oregon from the age of two. His father introduced the young Krakauer to mountaineering at the age of eight. He competed in tennis at Corvallis High School and graduated in 1972. He went on to study at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where in 1976 he received his degree in Environmental Studies. In 1977, he fell in love with former climber Linda Mariam Moore and they married in 1980. They lived in Seattle, Washington but moved to Boulder, Colorado after the release of Into Thin Air.

One year after graduating from college (1977), he spent three weeks by himself in the wilderness of the Stikine Icecap region of Alaska and climbed a new route on the Devils Thumb, an experience he described in Eiger Dreams and in Into the Wild. In 1992, he made his way to Cerro Torre in the Andes of Argentine Patagonia -- a sheer, jagged granite peak more typical of those found in the Himalayas or Pacific Rim and considered to be one of the most difficult technical climbs in the world.

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