Dark Summit

Author: Nick Heil
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 030736951X
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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, Nick Heil recounts the harrowing story of the deadly and controversial 2006 climbing season on Everest. In early May 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 not 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 outfitter who has done more than anyone to provide access to the summit via the mountain’s north side–and who some believe was partially responsible 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 spiralled out of control. From the Hardcover edition.

Dark Summit

Author: Nick Heil
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 0143010638
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'Enthralling from start to finish, Heil has created a timely, thought-provoking story that will thrill adrenaline junkies and armchair adventurers.' Publishers Weekly On 15 May 2006, forty climbers walked past a young Briton named David Sharp as he lay dying on the side of Mount Everest. A week later, another death was reported around the world – that of seasoned Australian climber Lincoln Hall. but the next day Hall was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain without food, and exposed to the brutal elements. These two events tell the story of modern Everest. Eleven people died while attempting to summit the mountain in 2006. What lures an ever-increasing number of people to Everest? What afflicts the human mind and body at such high altitude? And – the question this season asked so starkly – what is one man's responsibility to another in such extreme conditions? Climber and writer Nick Heil explores the climbers and companies, the events and expeditions to find the answers. The award-winning Dark Summit is both a thrilling account of this notorious climbing season and troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiralled out of control.

Dark Summit

Author: Nick Heil
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 1742284817
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'Enthralling from start to finish, Heil has created a timely, thought-provoking story that will thrill adrenaline junkies and armchair adventurers.' Publishers Weekly On 15 May 2006, forty climbers walked past a young Briton named David Sharp as he lay dying on the side of Mount Everest. A week later, another death was reported around the world – that of seasoned Australian climber Lincoln Hall. but the next day Hall was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain without food, and exposed to the brutal elements. These two events tell the story of modern Everest. Eleven people died while attempting to summit the mountain in 2006. What lures an ever-increasing number of people to Everest? What afflicts the human mind and body at such high altitude? And – the question this season asked so starkly – what is one man's responsibility to another in such extreme conditions? Climber and writer Nick Heil explores the climbers and companies, the events and expeditions to find the answers. The award-winning Dark Summit is both a thrilling account of this notorious climbing season and troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiralled out of control.

High Crimes

Author: Michael Kodas
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401395414
Size: 38.12 MB
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High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature. In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It's likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world's most majestic mountain. High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author's own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.

Icefall

Author: Alex Staniforth
Publisher: Coventry House Publishing
ISBN:
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A suspenseful memoir marked by adventure, hardship, and achievement, Alex Staniforth’s Icefall is the remarkable true story of a teenager’s journey to conquer Mount Everest. Plagued by adversity and epilepsy as a child, Alex developed a determination and will to succeed that would ultimately lead him from his home in Cheshire, England to the face of Everest at only eighteen years old. Though his will to reach the summit was extraordinary, he could have never anticipated the unprecedented dangers and risks that the mountain had in store for him. In this inspirational tale of tragedy and redemption, Alex reveals the universal truth that adversity may be the greatest teacher of all, but nothing can teach you more about life than death.

One Mountain Thousand Summits

Author: Freddie Wilkinson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1742691609
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An insider's account of one of the deadliest and most controversial tragedies in mountaineering history - the 2008 K2 disaster.

Doctor On Everest

Author: Kenneth Kamler
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: 9781585745999
Size: 77.13 MB
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Everest 1953

Author: Mick Conefrey
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 159485887X
Size: 70.22 MB
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CLICK HERE to download a sample from Everest 1953 In the only book to tell the real story of Everest 1953, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was in fact beset by crises -- both on and off the mountain. To succeed, team leader Colonel John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity. Everest 1953 is not only a gripping true story of courage and adventure, but a fascinating window into the media contest to cover this seminal event in coronation year. The Times had exclusive access to the team, but the Daily Mail and other papers used subterfuge and shenanigans to get their scoops. Revealing the answers to long-enduring controversies -- did Tenzing or Hillary actually reach the top first? -- and exploring the legacy of this great ascent, it is the perfect way to commemorate a year of British sporting triumph.

Into Thin Air

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330470027
Size: 79.92 MB
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One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.

Dead Lucky

Author: Lincoln Hall
Publisher: Random House Australia
ISBN: 1742743366
Size: 33.70 MB
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'A gripping, almost unbelievable story of survival that offers insight into a largely misunderstood domain.' The Sun Herald Lincoln Hall set off for Everest in early May 2006. Five weeks after reaching Base Camp in Tibet, he began his push for the summit. After three days of climbing higher into the oxygenless air, he was blessed with a perfect summit day. For a few minutes, Hall was the highest man on the planet. His Sherpa companions arrived, photos were taken, and the climbers commenced their long descent. Then things began to go horribly wrong. Hall was struck by cerebral oedema - high-altitude sickness - in the aptly named 'death zone'. Drowsiness quickly became overpowering lethargy, and he collapsed in the snow. Two Sherpas spent hours trying to revive him, but as darkness fell he was pronounced dead. The expedition's leader ordered the Sherpas to descend to save themselves. The news of Hall's death travelled rapidly from mountaineering websites to news media around the world, and by satellite phone to Hall's family in Australia. Early the next day, Dan Mazur, an American mountaineering guide with two clients and a Sherpa, was startled to find Hall sitting cross-legged on the knife-edged crest of the summit ridge. Hall's first words - 'I imagine you are surprised to see me here' - were a massive understatement. Much was reported in the press about Hall's resurrection, but only he has real insight into what happened, and how he survived that longest night. Dead Lucky is Lincoln Hall's own account of climbing Everest during a deadly season in which eleven people perished on the world's highest mountain.