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By Lincoln Hall

Dead Lucky

Life and Death on Mount Everest

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Dead Lucky by Lincoln Hall

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741667363
ISBN-10: 1741667364
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 131mm x 30mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Dead Lucky by Lincoln Hall - Reviewed by (13 Jan 2010)

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At 7.30pm on May 26th 2006, at 8600 metres on the face of Mount Everest, Lincoln Hall died. At 9am that morning he had stood on the summit and spoken by radio-phone to Alexander Abromov, the expedition leader at Advance Base Camp. He spoke briefly, letting Alex know that he and the three Sherpas, Lakcha, Dorje and Dawa Tenzing who were with him, were on their way down. One hour later cerebral oedema struck him and he began to hallucinate. For the next few hours he lapsed in and out of coherent consciousness. At times he was lucid and capable, at other times crazy: he refused his oxygen mask, fought to go back up the mountain, and tried to jump off Kangshung Face. The three Sherpas, soon joined by another, Pemba, pushed and pulled him down the mountain.

At Mushroom Rock, still 300 metres above Advance Base Camp, the Sherpas were exhausted, they had no oxygen, no food or drink, Hall...

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Author Biography - Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall (OAM) was one of Australia's best known mountaineers. His high-altitude climbing career, which spanned three decades, culminated in his key role in the first Australian ascent of Mt Everest in 1984, and his book White Limbo was an international bestselling account of this first Australian ascent. Lincoln lived in the Blue Mountains with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons. He died aged 56 in March 2012.

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