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Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,268 ratings  ·  136 reviews
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 tr
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Tarcher (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 31, 2008 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.
Dec 29, 2014 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 abou
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.
Feb 26, 2013 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".
Nov 14, 2009 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
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
Jul 03, 2016 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
Feb 16, 2009 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
Apr 10, 2009 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
Jan 14, 2009 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
Nov 26, 2013 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
Oct 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ok, I'm going to be honest: I didn't read this entire book. In fact, I only got to page 11 before I had to put it down. I am very familiar with Lincoln Hall's story from other sources and was really excited to read his personal account. His story is truly amazing and inspirational, that's not debatable. I have enjoyed several other Everest books and personal stories, but I was unable to get past Hall's apparent narcissism, which I felt clearly within the first ten pages. After reading several ot ...more
Jan 04, 2010 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
ej cullen
Aug 24, 2008 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.
Survival in “The Dead Zone”

In 2006, Lincoln Hall summated Mount Everest. It was almost the last thing he did. Descending from the summit, Hall suffered a bout with altitude sickness. Cerebral Edema is very deadly, and many die from its effects. At that altitude, it is difficult to rescue someone who is dead weight. Unable to continue down the mountain, he was left for dead above 8000 meters.

During that night efforts were made to recue Hall, but rescuers were forced to turn back due
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY FINISHED!!!!! This book is great if you want all kinds of details about climbing. The reason I wanted to read it was so I could hear the story of how Lincoln managed to survive and make it back down the mountain after being left to die. It’s only by about halfway into the book that he reaches the summit and the chapters before hand drag on so slowly. Once he gets to talking about his hallucinations, it picks up however. Some of them are sort of funny but I feel bad laughing cuz he was in ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A compelling story, but the book was hard to get through. He has published numerous books and I expected this to be better written. He jumps around and is hard to follow at times. What bothered me most was not his narcissism, but the name-dropping. He is constantly throwing names out of people (friends, colleagues, his kids’ friends parents’ names, wife’s co-workers.... on and on) that really have no bearing on the story at all and only serve to confuse the reader (“is this someone I need to rem ...more
Anna Smith
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I may or may not have read this in 5hrs. :) I'm going through a phase of mountaineering literature, even though my only aspirations in that regard are to climb the stairs without getting out of breath, and this was an incredible true story of the survival of Lincoln Hall in the frigid death-zone of Everest. It was cool to see how some of this coincided with the Discovery channel documentary I watched that was filmed around the same time. Now on to reading "The Climb" and watching the 2016 Everes ...more
Wandering Wizard
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written. Recommended read for everyone who wishes to understand what conditions prevailing at extreme altitudes can do to a human mind and body even without the added terrors of natural forces and disasters. A story of grit and extraordinary resilience.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thrilling account of the author's climb up Mount Everest in 2006 and an account of his near death on the descent. Why people want to do this escapes me, but it makes for great reading.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book about obsession with things which you want to achieve, having previously failed at them. It is also a book about hypoxia induced hallucinations on a mountain known to kill people.
Arnabendu Chaudhuri
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. One can see the Everest in every page of this book
Sawyer Merrill
Feb 14, 2013 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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Moni Smith
Aug 09, 2008 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
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The author greatly overestimates himself by writing in the prologue that his book will be probably the best you will ever read about climbing Himalayas. It was not. It was actually full of unimportant facts and people, which made reading boring and tiring. This is definitely an interesting story, but could be shorter by half or even more. Far from Krakauer, for sure...
Jan 06, 2013 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
Mar 12, 2014 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 chil
Oct 27, 2009 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 hallucin
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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