Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dead Lucky Life After Death on Mount Everest -- Book Review

I went to the public library this past week to get the book "Dead Lucky Life After Death on Mount Everest" by Lincoln Hall. I had heard a review of this book and was very interested in reading it for myself. I have read the book "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer a few years ago about the 1996 disaster on Mt Everest where that year became known for the most fatalities, including experienced mountaineer guides. Everest in NOT forgiving especially at that altitude! Hall is every experienced Australian mountaineer who collapsed from High Altitude Cerebral Edema at 28,000 ft after a successful summit and was left for dead. After collapsing he had not moved for quite some time. Miraculously he survived the night without any shelter or backpack. Dead men do not need tents or backpacks!! One of the last expeditions up the mountain that year came across him the next day. At that time he was very lucid after hallucinating most of the night. These climbers along with their Sherpa s gave up their push for the summit to rescue Hall.

Definitely a worthwhile read.



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