Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 15, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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 trying to revive him, but as darkness fell, word came via radio from the expedition's leader that they should descend in order to save themselves. The news of 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 a sharp crest of the summit ridge.

In this page-turning account of survival against all odds, Hall chronicles in fascinating detail the days and nights that led up to his fateful night in Mount Everest's "death zone." His story is all the more miraculous given his climbing history. Hall had been part of Australia's first attempt to reach the top of Everest in 1984 but had not done any major climbing for many years, having set aside his passion in order to support his family. While others in the team achieved their dream during this 1984 expedition, Hall was forced to turn back due to illness. Thus, his triumph in reaching the summit at the age of fifty is a story unto itself. So, too, is Hall's description of his family's experience back in Australia, as sudden grief turned to relief and joy in a matter of hours. Rarely has there been such a thrilling narrative of one man's encounter with the world's tallest mountain.
  

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Review: Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

User Review  - Sophie Daze - Goodreads

A great survival story with too many details. It looses its charm after a while because they get lost in all the minor details of the climb. I understand they need to put you in perspective, however I ... Read full review

Review: Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest

User Review  - Goodreads

A great survival story with too many details. It looses its charm after a while because they get lost in all the minor details of the climb. I understand they need to put you in perspective, however I ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Lincoln Hall OAM is one of Australia's best known mountaineers. The success of his first book White Limbo - First Australian Ascent of Mount Everest led to a career of adventure, rarely using his BSc in zoology. His other titles include The Loneliest Mountain, about his epic voyage to climb Antarctica's Mount Minto, and biographies First Ascent and Fear No Boundary. Lincoln has written two books about his famous survival overnight on Mount Everest - the award-winning Dead Lucky, published in seven countries, and Alive in the Death Zone, for readers of 10 years and above, which won CBCA Book of the Year in 2009. As well as writing books and editing outdoors magazines, Lincoln is a corporate speaker, a director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, an ambassador for the Thin Green Line Foundation, and patron of ShelterBox Australia.

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