Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season

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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. Hall's 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 Sharp's 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 mountain's north side--and who some believe was partly accountable for Sharp's 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  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

Why do I like reading Mt. Everest books? I don't know, but I do, and this is a good one. I particularly enjoyed the extensive background on the history of attempts on the mountain, which gave great perspective to the disastrous 2006 season. Well done. Read full review

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User Review  - Ob-jonny - Goodreads

This is a great book about climbing and it reminds me of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. It is an intense story like Into Thin Air but of a different season and a different group of people. This book ... 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
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About the author (2008)

Nick Heil first wrote about the 2006 climbing season for Men's 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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