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Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

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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 tryin
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Tarcher (first published January 1st 2007)
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Moni Smith
Aug 09, 2008 Moni Smith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in mountain adventures. High School and up.
Shelves: 2008
It is a rare treat to find a book that I can’t put down. Don’t you love that? Reading a story that is so interesting and exciting that you just want to keep going? This book was so good that I read the acknowledgments at the end. It was an absolutely amazing story.

Lincoln Hall is a veteran climber from Australia. He has written several books in the Mountain Climbing genre and is quite well known among these Mountaineering types. He attempted Everest in his twenties but was not able summit (I bel
Aug 17, 2008 Rmsjr rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rmsjr by: NPR
This is a heard it on NPR book.

I've always enjoyed the mountain climbing genre. Humans that stretch living to its furthest edge. Lincoln Hall stepped over the line, then returned. A remarkable journey in one sentence. The book tells how and why.

"The Sherpas were sadly familiar with altitude-induced deaths on the mountain, and they saw the only difference between my body and those of ... others listed ... was that mine was not yet frozen."

How did Lincoln live when others had died? He shouldn't h
ej cullen
Aug 24, 2008 ej cullen rated it really liked it
Man climbs Mt. Everest. Can't get down. Loses mind. Left for dead. Found next day by accident. Despite losing some fingers and toes, somehow survives to tell the story.
Sep 08, 2008 Leslie rated it liked it
Lincoln Hall's story is amazingly compelling: falling ill with cerebal edema after beginning his descent from Everest's summit, his team cannot move him and is forced to leave him for dead. The next morning, other climbers find him alive and a rescue is underway. The story is full of drama and great heroes and villains, and Hall's feat defies all common sense and history.

I loved "Into Thin Air" when I read it many years ago, so after purchasing this book for my mom I gave it a read. I liked it f
Nov 04, 2008 Mazola1 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get over the nagging feeling that this book could have been, and should have been, better than it was. Lincoln Hall has an amazing story to tell. He summitted Mount Everest in 2006, a year in which the mountain claimed 12 lives. He arrived at the summit at 9:00 a.m., in good weather. It then took him more than 8 hours to descend a few hundred feet, at which point he could go no farther and collapsed, comatose and apparently just minutes from death. It being impossible to bring a comat ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Alisa rated it liked it
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Jan 14, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-reads
I really enjoyed this miraculous and inspiring story. It's unbelievable that Lincoln Hall even lived to tell his story. I suppose I found this story so gripping because you would never find me anywhere near Mt. Everest, since my fear of heights generally keeps my feet planted on low ground. I sometimes found myself overwhelmed by the numerous names that Hall drops during his narrative. I couldn't decide which names I needed to remember and who's name I could forget. This ultimately left me feeli ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Kristina rated it liked it
About a man who was left for dead on Mount Everest and his unlikely survival. I enjoy mountaineering books, and although this wasn't my favorite book, I did like reading it. Lincoln Hall describes his story well and it really gives the reader an accurate depiction of the dangers of Mount Everest. I remember seeing his story in the news and the accompanying outrage across the world over "leaving people to die" on the mountain. His story (along with other stories) make it clear that disasters happ ...more
May 20, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
i dont know if it is because i hate being cold so much or what but i just really liked this book... people who save up their money to go climb everest (or any of the other crazy high mtns) have to just have something about them that is just the opposite of me that makes me curious... i just dont get the mentality of "if someone isnt moving, we cant stop with them, or we will die too, so make them comfortable and move on". this guy was left for dead and actually survived the night unsheltered (ob ...more
Apr 16, 2009 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
There is a part, albeit small, of me that occassionally wonders how it would be to climb Mount Everest.

I have never climbed a mountain before and as long as I keep reading stories like this, I'll probably remain summitless.

However, this was a great read. It was a little hard to get into because of all the names Hall throws at you and if you aren't particularly interested in climbing, the backstory can be long and tedious. But once he started in on the incident where he's left for dead just below
Oct 27, 2009 Beth rated it liked it
Lincoln Hall climbed Mt. Everest in 2006 as part of
a small Australian group attached to the 7Summits tour. 2006 turned out to be the second deadliest season on Everest. Hall, an experienced climber who hadn't attempted a major climb for over 20 years, had mixed feelings about the climb but wanted to prove he could do it after turning back from Everest's summit years ago due to dangerous conditions. He made it to the summit, but then ran into trouble on the way down when he started hallucinating
Nov 14, 2009 Ciara rated it liked it
i feel weird about this book. i liked it...but i didn't like it as much as i wanted to like it. i'd chalk it up to lincoln hall maybe not being a great writer, but the dude has written several other books. not that it matters, plenty of shitty writers churn out book after book & manage to get them published. maybe the problem is that i am not a mountaineer. i sometimes found myself confused by the technical language he used for maneuvers he was performing while climbing mount everest, & ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: cold-books
Awesome! Now and again an obsession with survival in the cold comes upon me and this New Year's weekend it hit me like an avalanche (ha!). I really think it is sort of lucky (for want of a better way of putting it) when a writer gets stuck in these sort of situations (think Jon Krakauer). Lincoln Hall survived a night on Everest above 26,000 ft - the only person that has ever done that. I'm so glad he survived - he's just SO nice. I know he's writing about himself and he can give a good impressi ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
I took a break from reading this book to read the Magdalene Line trilogy and enjoyed jumping back in to this story. The writing is somewhat choppy with fairly short sentence structure and feels rough in the reading.
The story is utterly magnificent and you feel yourself holding your breath as Hall is suffering at 28,000 feet elevation. His survival is unfathomable and yet such an amazing miracle. A beautiful story of survival, thriving and a return from the brink.
At the end, I was still left with
May 09, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it
Reading Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air gave me an urge to dive headfirst into Mt. Everest literature. This was the second book I picked up. Part of my interest was purely geological. I wanted to get to know the mountain itself better. A big plus in selecting this book was that it depicts an expedition up the Tibetan side of Everest, as opposed to the more famous Nepalese side that is featured in Krakauer’s book.

Early on, the best part of this book is Lincoln Hall's discussion of climbing from t
Robin Fichtelberg
Oct 16, 2012 Robin Fichtelberg rated it liked it
I chose this book because I thought he was a survivor from my favorite book Into Thin Air. However, I got the "Hall's" mixed up. He gives an excellent detailed description of what is actually entailed on a climb of Everest, giving pebble-by-pebble descriptions of every square inch of this majestic peak. In this respect, the book is fantastic. You really learn what it is like to climb this mountain (and reminds me again why I will never do it). He also tries to explain why people are driven to cl ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Roger rated it really liked it
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Jan 06, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable story about Everest climb. Memoir of Lincoln Hall, about his climb to Everest. Already an accomplished high-altitude climber, he took part mostly to help along a teenage boy (Christopher Harris) attempting to become the youngest person to climb Everest. Really well written and amazing read about what it's like climbing Everest. Even though I had already read Into Thin Air, I was still amazed at the descriptions of what it's like to climb Everest.

Although Hall made it to the top, he
Sawyer Merrill
Apr 20, 2013 Sawyer Merrill rated it really liked it
For my outside reading book I read Dead Lucky by Lincoln Hall. This adventure based, thrilling memoir recalls Hall’s final expedition to the summit of Mount Everest and all the events surrounding it that take place. This final ascent of Hall’s proved to be fatal, as he died on top of the great peak, but awoke the next morning to tell about it.
Dead Lucky tells the story of Lincoln Hall’s daring ascent of Mount Everest in the spring of 2006. Lincoln Hall, a thrill-seeking family man, lived with
Feb 28, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
An amazing book! I will personally take to heart his comment, "The lesson I learned that night was that as long as you can keep moving, you should do so, because you will never know exactly how much you still have left to give".
Jun 10, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Hall doesn't have a gripping "storyteller" style like Jon Krakauer does - this book is more of a personal essay/memoir-style of writing. Nevertheless, what happened to Lincoln Hall is so astonishing and compelling that I kept reading to the end, I couldn't put this book down. I was rewarded with passages such as the following, when Hall recounts how his experience changed him: "On the mountain, death had, in effect, begun to consume my consciousness, and the autopilot had been turned off. My hab ...more
John Branney
Jun 23, 2013 John Branney rated it really liked it
I thought the second half of the book was very good and well written. The author's account of what his mind went through with cerebral edema was quite interesting and his trip off the mountain was intense. Unfortunately, to get to the exciting part of his adventure, the reader had to wade through the boring first half of the book. This seems to be fairly typical for this type of book. The exciting part of the adventure is never as long as the filler portion of the book.

The author was extremely l
Peter Simko
It's always nice to read about miracles, and I think the survival of Lincoln Hall on Mount Everest falls into that category. But Dead Lucky is not only good because of the extraordinary nature of the story, but it is also a well written book that lets you know about the thoughts of a man who had a dream and how he tried to decide if this dream is worth risking his life for it.

For me it was an added bonus that I had been familiar with some of the mountaineers who showed up in the book. If you ha
Jan 01, 2015 Nigel rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am a fan of this genre of books and I've read a few that relate to the Everest season of 2006 so I've read Lincoln Hall's story from the perspective of others involved. I felt it might be interesting to get the survivor's story from the man himself and I was right! The first third of the book maybe is a fairly day to day account of a climber's life and interest. After that I found the story stronger. The background to the climb as he saw it and his perspective on those around was worthwhile. T ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Bonita rated it really liked it
This edgy, first-person account of climbing Mount Everest will give you a personal glimpse into the mind of one man who scaled the world’s tallest peak. The book is explicit, factual, and comprehensive–and with occasional gruesome details, not for the faint-of-heart.

Lincoln Hall was an experienced mountaineer, having conquered many of the world’s most difficult peaks. Still, Everest eluded him. After a failed attempt in 1984, he continued to climb elsewhere; but, with a wife and children, his sa
Christina Dudley
This book was longer than it needed to be, and I guess I like adventure/survival stories better in the 3rd person because I got tired of being in his head (and hearing in great detail about his family and friends) and just wanted to cut to the chase. I was skimming after a while, and when I realize he had been discovered alive and I'd skipped right over it, I figured it was time to stop.
Dec 29, 2014 Tannie rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while ago, but have always wondered (I'm a Nurse) if he actually died up there (by our usual definitions of death) and the intense cold put his body into some sort of suspended state. He clearly was unconscious for a time...I wonder if his heart might have stopped beating and like the strange occurrances of people, especially children, drowning in ice cold water, his body was able to restart once a fraction more warmth came back to it?

I would love to know more about this aspec
Elizabeth Webster
This book has left me feeling both informed and absolutely irritated.

The Good: Hall provides a very detailed account of his experience during the 2006 climb of Everest, from start to finish. I appreciated the depth he went into talking about the characteristics of the mountain, Base Camp, subsequent camps, and the processes leading up to the climb itself. He was very descriptive in his thoughts and feelings, which provided a lot of depth and passion to a very interesting subject. The descriptive
Ell Eastwood
Jun 17, 2016 Ell Eastwood rated it really liked it
Excellent book! I've read quite a few mountain books about quite a few disasters, but this one stands out because it's about someone who went through shit that's unthinkable ... and lived to tell the tale. Usually when people survive to tell their story it's because they were never in that much danger, or got out of it in time, but not Lincoln Hall. He fucking died and then still came back to tell the tale.

Compared to, say, Beck Weather's Left for dead, it takes us RIGHT with him, through everyt
Jul 10, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
If you're like me, you think these guys are off-the-wall for risking their lives (especially with kids and a spouse at home). If you've ever been frustrated with "becasue its there," if you want a really intimate look inside the mind, both at sea level and the most extreme location on this planet, this is your book.

While his logic and reason are just as deluded and irrational as other extreme mountaineers who find ways to justify their obsessions, the peril at which they place themselves the pe
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Lincoln Hall is one of Australia's best-known mountaineers, with a climbing career that spans three decades. He is the author of seven books, including the bestseller White Limbo, which chronicled the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest in 1984. Hall, who has worked as a trekking guide and edited adventure magazines, is also a director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. He was awarded th ...more
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