Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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The inside story of the deadly 2006 climbing season on Everest†On May 15, 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit. A week later, Lincoln Hall, a seasoned Australian climber, was left for dead near the same spot. Hallís death was reported around the world, but the next day he was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain with no food and no shelter.†

If David Sharpís death was shocking, it was hardly singular:† despite unusually good weather, ten others died attempting to reach the summit that year. In this meticulous inquiry into what went wrong, Nick Heil tells the full story of the deadliest year on Everest since the infamous season of 1996. He introduces Russell Brice, the commercial operator who has done more than anyone to provide access to the summit via the mountainís north sideóand who some believe was partly accountable for Sharpís death. As more climbers attempt the summit each year, Heil shows how increasingly risky expeditions and unscrupulous outfitters threaten to turn Everest into a deadly circus.

Written by an experienced climber and outdoor writer, Dark Summit is both a riveting account of a notorious climbing season and a troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiraled out of control.


  

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User Review  - Nicholas Morris - Goodreads

This book tells of the deadliest climbing season since the infamous season of 1996. Nick Heil describes the difficult trek up the infamous Mt. Everest which stands at an astonishing 29,029 ft. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

What I've learned: mountain climbers are crazy. Really crazy. Everest used to be my Everest. In my youth, I'd think, "someday I'll conquer that, the nearly unconquerable". The thought of climbing an ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
DAVID SHARP
11
LINCOLN HALL AND THOMAS WEBER
159
Epilogue
231
Authors Note
249
Source Notes
253
Acknowledgments
259
Index
261
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Nick Heil first wrote about the 2006 climbing season for Menís Journal. Now a freelance journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was a senior editor at Outside from 1999 to 2006. He has also worked as a climbing and skiing instructor, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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