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Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest [Hardcover]

Lincoln Hall
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585426466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585426461
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Awarded special jury mention at the BANFF Mountain Film and Book Festival 2007. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Lucky that this was written 14 Dec 2010
Lincoln's story is, quite simply, riveting. I've read a lot of high altitude climbing literature and the quality varies - clearly, the authors tend to exhibit a high degree of proficiency in climbing, not necessarily in writing. Lincoln, however, is a rare breed - not only did he endure an incredible summit attempt, but he also has the tools at his disposal to accurately and engagingly portray the thoughts, actions and emotions involved in the process.

An incredible read, this book eschews the easy option of 'talking up' his own deeds, humbly setting the record straight, explicitly addressing concerns regarding climbing ethics, Everest climbing trends and the costs (emotional and financial) involved in climbing the world's highest mountain.

Highly recommended, highly entertaining, highly memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't make it up 1 April 2010
Unbelievable really, what this chap went through. A fascinating story told in a typically self-deprecating way. In a way there are many similarities with Touching the Void, but what makes this incident and book special was that this was a much more "public" incident, with more people on the mountain aware of what had happened and the way the outside world was told of the author's death and subsequent reincarnation. That's not a spoiler by the way. Even if you think all mountaineering books are about macho posturing, think again. This is an uplifting book on many, many more levels
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5.0 out of 5 stars A death defying tale 19 Sep 2008
Eleven people died on Everest in 2006,Lincoln Hall was a whisker away from being the twelfth.In fact he maintains that he did die near the summit.At the age of 50 and on his second attempt Lincoln Hall conquered Everest, tragically his fortunes took a nasty turn when he succumbed to altitude sickness,despite a mammoth effort to revive him by two sherpas Lincoln was pronounced dead.The devastating news was relayed to his family and friends leaving the climbing community numb with shock.There the story should end but not this one next morning Hall was found alive and sitting cross legged on the summit ridge delirious but functional.Queue one of the most dramatic rescues of mountaineering history.

This is both a thrilling and touching story,a man that went to the edge peered over it and came back to tell the tale.Inspirational in the extreme.Read it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How times change !!!!! 7 April 2011
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This is a good read and a compelling story. The only fact that causes me some concern is the way mountains are tackled today. I accept that times change but always for the better ??? I still much prefer the awesome stories of the pioneers ( Mallory and Irvine- The siege of Nanga Parbat and the story of Herzog on Annapurna.) So the commercial climb is here and I suppose space tourism will be within the decade ;but this story did annoy me just a little because of the facts i have stated. Another incident that caused some upset if that is the correct word is the reocurring incident of climbers getting into difficulty and throwing into complete confusion the attempts of potential rescuers. I felt so much for Dan, Andrew, Myles and Jangbu who made such a sacrifice on Hall's behalf. The always returning issue of morality above 26,000 feet. There are going to be so many similar tales in the future. How long before saturation point?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story, very good read 7 Oct 2013
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Having read already several books about the infamous Everest 2006 season, I was looking forward to this one. It sure didn't disappoint. Was moved allmost to tears when the family and friends at home got the word that Lincoln had survived after all.
Was shocked to find out (afterwards) via Wikipedia that Lincoln died last year. I really wish Lincoln & Barbara would have had the chance to grow old together...
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