Dark Summit : On Everest Morality Stops at 8000 Metres
On May 15, 2006, forty climbers walked past a young Briton named David Sharp as he lay dying on the side of Mount Everest. A week later, another death was reported around the world - that of seasoned Australian climber Lincoln Hall, but the next day Hall was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain without food, and exposed to the brutal elements. These two events tell the story of modern Everest. Eleven people died while attempting to summit the mountain in 2006. What lures an ever-increasing number of people to Everest? What afflicts the human mind and body at such high altitude? And - the question this season asked so starkly - what is one man's responsibility to another in such extreme conditions? Climber and writer Nick Heil explores the climbers and companies, the events and expeditions to find the answers. Dark Summit is both a thrilling account of this notorious climbing season and a troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiralled out of control.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 01 Jun 2009
- Penguin Books Australia
- Hawthorn, Australia