Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 271
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Sports And Games
, True Story
I've always been a bit intrigued by Everest and the people that choose to climb it and I was desperately looking for a book that would be completely outside of my usual reads, so when I happened across this book at the thrift store I bought it. There is something particularly fascinating about peo...
Everest - the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate climbing challenge. In 2006, 11 people died attempting to reach the summit, the most fatalities since 1996. But unlike 1996, 2006 saw no surprise blizzard, only the constant dangers posed by unstable ice, merciless cold, thin air - and hum...
Engrossing detail account of the 2006 season on Everest. You know the season where the media focused on the people who died after others climbed by?Heil does an excellent job of showing the reader what extactly the sitution was and raises questions of the rights and wrongs of the choices made. Whi...
Well, finally getting around to making a few notes about this book which I read at the same time as a bunch of other Everest-summiting books. All are pretty good, and I'm about to order some others I ran across, including K2, The Savage Mountain,K2 Triumph and Tragedy, The Last Step The American A...
Dark Summit tackles the topic of responsibility in mountaineering. Those who venture into this harsh environment know the risks: for every 5 climbers who reach the summit of Mount Everest, one dies. In the "death zone" above 25,000 feet, are individuals obliged to risk their own lives to help othe...