Into Thin Air

Sandy Hill Pittman Character Analysis

Wife of Bob Pittman and well-known 1980s socialite, Sandy Hill Pittman is a “celebrity client” on Scott Fischer’s expedition. Although she is spoiled, and has to hire Sherpas to carry her extra baggage and food, her teammates see her as a likeable, generous woman. She gets caught in the middle of a dangerous snowstorm on May 10, but Anatoli Boukreev rescues her, probably saving her life.
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Sandy Hill Pittman Character Timeline in Into Thin Air

The timeline below shows where the character Sandy Hill Pittman appears in Into Thin Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...several climbers who send periodic dispatches to websites. One such climber is the famous socialite Sandy Hill Pittman , who is traveling with Scott Fischer. Pittman raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...he’s tired and extremely nauseous. In part, Lopsang is sick because he’s had to carry Sandy Hill Pittman ’s heavy satellite phone all morning. Furthermore, Lopsang chose to tow Pittman on a short-rope... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...three teams to make their ways to the summit. Krakauer vaguely remembers seeing Lopsang and Sandy Pittman . He also sees Rob Hall, who seems disappointed that five of his eight clients... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...down, he never does; nor, it would seem, does Hall. Instead, the clients continue ascending. Sandy Pittman arrives at the top of Everest at 2:10, followed by many of the other clients.... (full context)
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...the storm again. This time, he finds some of the lost clients, including Weathers and Sandy Pittman . Boukreev can only bring the clients back one-by-one; while Boukreev is bringing one client... (full context)
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Boukreev continues to evacuate clients one-by-one. He succeeds in bringing Sandy Pittman back to Camp Four, but not Yasuko Namba. When Boukreev realizes that Namba is still... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...encouraged Hall to break his own rules and take risks, especially since Fischer was guiding Sandy Hill Pittman , a celebrity. And finally, it’s important to remember that Hall, Fischer, and the other... (full context)
Epilogue
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The 1996 Everest disaster hurts or destroys many other people’s lives. Sandy Pittman quickly becomes the target of much vitriol, since, it’s suggested, her celebrity status prevented her... (full context)