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Dark Summit: The Extraordinary True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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"Paints an alarming picture of modern arrogance in the face of nature" (Sunday Express)
"Heil is good on the nature of obsession...even better on the hallucinatory effects of hypothermia...the truths he reveals are harsh" (Geographical)
"If you couldn't put down Into Thin Air, you must read Dark Summit to understand what it means to climb Everest today and why anyone might accept the risk." (Peter Athans, seven-time Everest summiter and The North Face athlete)
"Authoritative ... Through rock-solid reporting and vital prose, Heil leads us up into this rarefied world, step by hypoxic step." (Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder)
"I consider this book not a sequel to Krakauer's Into Thin Air, but an equal" (Bob Shacochis, author of The Immaculate Invasion)
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The book attempts to explain why rescuing someone from above 8000m is virtually impossible and certainly impossible if the person is unconscious but it also provides a different light onto Himex and how as the largest and most capable team on the ground Russell feels responsible to other climbers on the mountain. There are countless events that requires Himex to intervene and help that, without it, the guy would have simply been another statistic. If Russell does ever get fed up of performing Everest expeditions he would be invaluable as the guy to actually create what has been discussed as an "Everest Mountain Rescue Team"! How that would work I've actually no idea because as the book clearly explains a climber whose body has closed down is not going anywhere.
Russell is obviously a very rich man now after the Discovery series 1 and 2 but so what? He has come from a humble upbringing, actually worked himself to the bone building a career as a highly successful mountaineer (no mean feat in itself) and has proved himself as a highly capable businessman. The guy actually deserves to be rich and happy - and I for one hope he is. Certainly not planning on doing Everest but if I win the Lotto there is only one team I would go with.
For those of you that are sick to death of hearing the media account of Everest disasters and want to know a little more about the massive infrastructure involved in a successful (and unsuccessful) expedition - buy the book and judge for yourself.
The book makes you want to take the challenge on while at the same time making you to dismiss any thoughts of climbing Everest as a risk too far.
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