12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2011
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?
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 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!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2015
I am a fan of this genre of books and I've read a few that relate to the Everest season of 2006 so I've read Lincoln Hall's story from the perspective of others involved in the past. I felt it might be interesting to get the survivor's story from the man himself and I was right! The first third of the book maybe is a fairly day to day account of a climber's life and interest. After that I found the story stronger. The background to the climb as he saw it and his perspective on those around at the time was worthwhile. The book really came into its own tackling the mystery of why he didn't die on Everest. For someone who was not lucid at the time mostly he has managed to cobble together a pretty coherent account of at least some of what happened and that was, for me, enormously powerful. I would recommend the book for that aspect alone however I would certainly recommend it as a read for those who are interested in mountaineering in general and Everest in particular. 4.5/5 probably.