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


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"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. Halls 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 Sharps 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 Summit is 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.

About the Author

Nick Heil first wrote about the 2006 climbing season for Mens Journal. Now a freelance journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was a senior editor at Outside from 1999 to 2006. He has also worked as a climbing and skiing instructor, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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Marjorie Woodruff, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by Marjorie Woodruff)
On a par with Into Thin Air. Good read and fascinating background on climbing Everest. I kept reading sections out loud to my husband.
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Heil, Nick
Henry Holt & Company
Special Interest - Adventure
Ecosystems & Habitats - Mountains
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