Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 309 pages
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The amazing story of Australian mountain climber Lincoln Hall’s rescue following a night spent near the summit of Mount Everest, where he had been left for dead by the other members of his expedition.

Lincoln Hall likes to say that on the evening of May 25, 2006, he died on Everest. Indeed, he attempted to climb the mountain during a deadly season in which eleven people perished. And Hall, in fact, was 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 exhibition’s leader that the Sherpas should descend the mountain in order to save themselves.

The news of Lincoln 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 the summit ridge, just staring at them.

As featured in the Emmy-nominated Dateline NBCdocumentary “Miracle on Mount Everest,” Dead Luckyis Lincoln Hall’s account of this miraculous night atop Everest and the days and nights that led up to and followed this fascinating expedition. Hall had been part of Australia’s first attempt to climb to the top of the mountain in 1984, but, he had not done any serious climbing for many years, having set aside his passion in order to support his family. Hall was forced to turn back due to illness in 1984 so his triumph in reaching the summit at the age of fifty is a story unto itself. Not since Into Thin Airhas there been such a thrilling Everest story. Dead Luckyis a page-turner from beginning to end.
  

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Review: Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

Lincoln Hall was a relatively well-known Australian mountaineer, having spent a lot of time in the Himalayas climbing, and was part of the Australian team that were the first from that country to ... Read full review

Review: Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

User Review  - Christina Dudley - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

SINGAPORE 2004
3
RETURN TO EVEREST
9
BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL
21
KATHMANDU
29
HIMALAYA
39
TENT CITY
46
EVEREST 2006
55
EAST RONGBUK
64
RUSSIAN ROULETTE
99
BIG STEPS
109
THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
127
COUNTING CHICKENS
136
FADING LIGHT
142
TIME TO KILL
157
CLOAK OF DARKNESS
173
AWAKENING
181

EVEREST THE HIGHWAY
77
SKY BURIAL
89
THE WHITE LIMBO GUY
195
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About the author (2008)

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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