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Dead Lucky by Lincoln Hall
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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 as a result of cerebral edema and struggling with the Sherpa guides who tried to help him. Eventually he slipped into a coma-like state and the Sherpas were forced to abandon him to save their own lives. Remarkably, the next day, some other climbers found Hall sitting up, still alive after spending the night alone at 28,000 feet. He then struggled to climb down the mountain while suffering from frostbite that eventually claimed the tips of 8 fingers and one of his big toes. He survived and rejoined his family (who had been told that he was dead). The book provides a lot of detail about what is involved in an Everest attempt (e.g., the climbers start at midnight when heading for the summit and climb most of the way in the dark, then turn around and return to a base camp in one day's time). Another interesting fact was that the dead bodies of some climbers are simply left on the mountain - Hall comments on one nicknamed "Green Boots." The book shows what it's like to be part of a commercial Everest tour (these tour groups are controversial, as depicted in Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air). The book could have been better written - there is too much detail at times. But, it's an interesting look at the kinds of people who take these risks and the dangers involved.
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