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

ISBN-10: 0805089918
ISBN-13: 9780805089912
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nick Heil
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Description: "A dramatic story, ably and convincingly told . . . A chilling look at the precarious line between success and tragedy."Kirkus Reviews On May 15, 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

"A dramatic story, ably and convincingly told . . . A chilling look at the precarious line between success and tragedy."Kirkus Reviews 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: 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. 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,Dark Summitis 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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