Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

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by Lincoln Hall
     
 

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

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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.

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The way that Lincoln Hall tells it, he died on Mount Everest on May 25, 2006. As the Australian climber struggled in the final push to the summit, he collapsed, felled by cerebral oedema, better known as "altitude sickness." His Sherpa companions tried desperately to save him, but with their oxygen tanks dwindling and snow blindness engulfing them, they were forced to abandon Hall and descend to safety. Down below, a media statement was released, announcing his demise. Miraculously, 12 hours later, another group of climbers found Hall alive on a crest of the summit ridge. Dead Lucky is his story of what got him there and what got him back.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615608812
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Lincoln Hall is one of Australia's best known mountaineers, with a climbing career that spans three decades, most notably in the Himalaya, Antarctica and the Andes. He had a key role in the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest in 1984, and his account of that expedition, White Limbo, became a bestseller. Hall's second book was The Loneliest Mountain, the story of a journey to Antarctica in a small yacht and the first ascent of Mount Minto. His only published work of fiction is Blood on the Lotus, an historical novel set in Nepal and Tibet. Fear No Boundary is Hall's biography of his friend Sue Fear, who died mountaineering in the Himalaya while Hall was on Mount Everest in 2006. He has worked as a trekking guide, has edited adventure magazines, and is a director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Hall was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1987 for his services to mountaineering. He lives with his wife, Barbara Scanlan, and their two teenage sons, Dylan and Dorje, in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and had to do a research project. I didn't like this book because it was hard to finish due to it being very long. Besides that, the book was interesting and okay. I was amazed and shocked at the mountaineers goal to climb Mount Everest. This book was well written and brings you to a saying if you have a dream you can do it just like these people did. This book was about a man named Lincoln who survived the Mount Everest climb, the last of seven summits and to be able to write this book after is really  something to be proud of. Lincoln is one of the greatest mountaineers of the world. As you progress in this book it gets better because part one was not that great. It contains many details and was very descriptive, but it mentioned to much, didn't get to the point, and some of the details were unnecessary. I liked how the book contained pictures of mountaineers and Mount Everest. I myself am not a fan of mountains, but reading this book I learned a lot about Mount Everest and the different climbs it takes to get to the highest point. If you have a liking for mountains this book is recommended for you. It is good for teenagers and above to read, but I think mostly for those  who want to know more about Mount Everest, have an interest in mountains, and desire to climb one. So go and read or not this book. 
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