Into Thin Air

Beck Weathers Character Analysis

Pathologist who, along with Jon Krakauer, joins Rob Hall’s expedition to Mount Everest in 1996. Weathers is one of the most inexperienced people on the expedition, and on the afternoon of May 10, he is unable to ascend to the summit because he’s been having serious problems with his eyesight. Weathers is left out in the cold for the night of May 10, during which he nearly dies. However, Weathers makes a miraculous recovery and finds the energy to walk back to his teammates. Weathers is eventually rushed to the hospital, where the doctors amputate five of his fingers. Krakauer feels exceptionally guilty for his role in Weathers’ misfortune—he blames himself for “abandoning” Weathers.

Beck Weathers Quotes in Into Thin Air

The Into Thin Air quotes below are all either spoken by Beck Weathers or refer to Beck Weathers. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Beck was nearly persuaded to descend with me when I made the mistake of mentioning that Mike Groom was on his way down with Yasuko, a few minutes behind me. In a day of many mistakes, this would turn out to be one of the larger ones.

Related Characters: Jon Krakauer (speaker), Beck Weathers, Yasuko Namba, Mike Groom
Page Number: 199
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Chapter 19 Quotes

There was only one choice, however difficult: let nature take its inevitable course with Beck and Yasuko, and save the group's resources for those who could actually be helped. It was a classic act of triage. When Hutchinson returned to camp he was on the verge of tears and looked like a ghost.

Related Characters: Jon Krakauer (speaker), Beck Weathers, Stuart Hutchinson, Yasuko Namba
Page Number: 260
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Upon first finding Beck in the tent, I was so shocked by his hideous condition—and by the unforgivable way that we'd let him down yet again—I nearly broke into tears. "Everything's going to be O.K.," I lied, choking back my sobs as I pulled the sleeping bags over him, zipped the tent doors shut, and tried to re-erect the damaged shelter. "Don't worry, pal. Everything's under control now."

Related Characters: Jon Krakauer (speaker), Beck Weathers
Page Number: 268
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Beck Weathers Character Timeline in Into Thin Air

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Chapter 3
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...teammates include Helen Wilton, a mother of four, Yasuko Namba, a personnel director from Tokyo, Beck Weathers, a pathologist, Stuart Hutchinson, a cardiologist, John Taske, an anesthesiologist, Frank Fischbeck, a publisher... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The team eats dinner, and Krakauer notices that Hutchinson, Taske, and Weathers, the three doctors in the group, dominate the conversation. Taske and Weathers are both funny,... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...first—on the trek through the Khumbu, he started first, but wound up tiring himself out. Beck Weathers and Yasuko Namba seem especially amateurish—they didn’t know how to use their crampons (traction... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...opinions of some of his teammates at they climb the mountain together. Initially, he disliked Beck Weathers for his conservative politics; however, while climbing up to Camp Three, Krakauer begins to... (full context)
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...as a journalist, as he senses that his peers are uncomfortable around him. One day, Beck Weathers confesses that Krakauer’s presence puts him on edge; however, he adds that he doubts... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...own; Groom gives him permission. Krakauer reaches the Balcony, where he is amazed to find Beck Weathers, standing alone. Weathers explains that low temperatures impair his vision; thus, early in the... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...knows where the tents are. Beidleman assembles those who can walk (not including Namba or Weathers), and staggers off toward Camp Four, knowing that if he were to wait for everyone... (full context)
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...himself to try to find the clients that Beidleman had left (including Yasuko Namba and Beck Weathers). Boukreev tries to organize a team, but finds that the other clients are extremely... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Hutchinson tells Krakauer that Beck and Yasuko Namba must be dead, and that Scott Fischer has gone missing. Around the... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...has experience with keeping calm in a crisis. He organizes a search group to find Weathers and Namba, and the group finds theim. Amazingly, Namba and Weathers are still alive, even... (full context)
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While the IMAX team is delivering the oxygen, a figure appears in the distance—it’s Beck Weathers, “risen from the dead.” The night before, Weathers was sitting out in the snow,... (full context)
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Krakauer tries to decide what to do about Beck Weathers—does he try to carry Beck down, wait with Beck, or go down with the... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Breashears gives word that he and a few other guides will be climbing down with Beck Weathers, and should arrive at Camp Two by dark. Later, Krakauer learns that Beck made... (full context)
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...frostbitten. Late in the day, another helicopter arrives from Kathmandu; this time, the helicopter takes Beck Weathers to the hospital. The rest of the team prepares for the rest of the... (full context)
Epilogue
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Beck Weathers survives his hospitalization, though the doctors amputate the five fingers of his left hand,... (full context)