Dead Lucky

Dead Lucky

Life After Death on Mount Everest

Book - 2007
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Lincoln Hall's breathtaking account of surviving a night in Everest's "death zone."

Lincoln Hall likes to say that on the evening of May 25, 2006, he died on Everest. Indeed, Hall attempted to climb the mountain during a deadly season in which eleven people perished. And he was, in fact, pronounced dead, after collapsing from altitude sickness. Two Sherpas spent hours trying to revive him, but as darkness fell, word came via radio from the expedition's leader that they should descend in order to save themselves. The news of Hall's death traveled rapidly from mountaineering websites to news media around the world, and ultimately to his family back in Australia. Early the next morning, however, an American guide, climbing with two clients and a Sherpa, was startled to find Hall sitting cross-legged on a sharp crest of the summit ridge.

In this page-turning account of survival against all odds, Hall chronicles in fascinating detail the days and nights that led up to his fateful night in Mount Everest's "death zone." His story is all the more miraculous given his climbing history. Hall had been part of Australia's first attempt to reach the top of Everest in 1984 but had not done any major climbing for many years, having set aside his passion in order to support his family. While others in the team achieved their dream during this 1984 expedition, Hall was forced to turn back due to illness. Thus, his triumph in reaching the summit at the age of fifty is a story unto itself. So, too, is Hall's description of his family's experience back in Australia, as sudden grief turned to relief and joy in a matter of hours. Rarely has there been such a thrilling narrative of one man's encounter with the world's tallest mountain.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2007.
ISBN: 9781585426461
Characteristics: xx, 309 p. [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.


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Oct 26, 2012

An amazing ordeal of survival at extreme altitude and showcase of human strength of a person, who decided to “Not to Die”.

Once you are done reading, you surely will value “Life” more.

Oct 06, 2010

A first-person account from a climber who almost died on Everest during the 2006 climbing season. After collapsing and being abandoned by his teammates, who thought he was dead, Hall was found alive the next morning and eventually made it safely down from the mountain. His account of the night he spent slipping in and out of reality in the death zone is harrowing, but gripping.

Jan 19, 2009

If you like books about Everest, this is an interesting story though I was expecting a little bit in terms of what really happened to Lincoln Hall.

Nov 04, 2008

Probably the most pragmatic account of Everest - good, bad and ugly.

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