WATCH: Krakauer Reflects on Everest

Says ascent was “the biggest mistake I ever made”

Everest (dark pyramid on left), as seen from the south side in Nepal. Base Camp is located in the lower left corner of photo. (Grayson Schaffer)
Photo: Grayson Schaffer

During a video interview on HuffPost Live, Jon Krakauer cautioned 11-year-old climber Tyler Armstrong, who said he was interested in summiting Everest.

“I wish I’d never gone,” he told HuffPost Live. “I suffered for years of PTSD, and still suffer from what happened.”

He summited Everest in 1996 while on a reporting trip for Outside. The expedition killed eight climbers. “If I could go back and relive my life,” he said, “I would never have climbed Everest."

Watch the interview here:

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