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Promotional posters for the new Everest movie recently appeared in New York City subway stations, and these days I travel to and from work with a strange lump in my throat. Everest, which opens in wide release in the US today (Sept. 25), is based on the true story of how eight people died in a storm on the world’s tallest mountain in 1996. It’s the same story that Jon Krakauer told in his bestselling book Into Thin Air. It was, until last year, the most deadly accident in Mount Everest’s history. Then on April 18, 2014, an ice release killed 16 climbers on the mountain. I was there, and my feelings about it are still a mess of contradictions. But when I watched the Everest trailer online a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stop shaking. I fretted about writing this article. But I’m still going to tell you all about it. I started reading books about mountaineering in grade school, and in college I developed an academic interest in the Himalayas. I was mostly worried about altitude sickness.