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

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Everest - the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate climbing challenge. In 2006, 11 people died attempting to reach the summit, the most fatalities since 1996. But unlike 1996, 2006 saw no surprise blizzard, only the constant dangers posed by unstable ice, merciless cold, thin air - and human nature. Nick Heil tells the shocking true stories of David Sharp, a young British solo climber, who was passed by 40 mountaineers as he lay dying on the slopes of the mountain, and Lincoln Hall who was left for dead yet miraculously survived, and asks: what does climbing the world's highest peak really mean for those who take on the challenge? And how far will they go in their single-minded pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 213g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 Maps
  • 0753515709
  • 9780753515709
  • 66,596

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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 Invasionshow more

About Nick Heil

Nick Heil has worked as a Senior Editor at Outside magazine, combining his skills as a journalist and his experience at snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking and climbing.show more

Review Text

"Heil is good on the nature of obsession...even better on the hallucinatory effects of hypothermia...the truths he reveals are harsh"show more

Back cover copy

A gripping tale of high-altitude disaster and the quest for mountaineering's ultimate prize Each year, more and more people attempt the potentially lethal climb to the summit of Mount Everest. In 2006, eleven people died on the mountain, the highest number for ten years. But unlike 1996, there was no surprise blizzard, only the constant dangers posed by unstable ice, merciless cold, thin air - and human nature. This is the shocking true story of David Sharp, a young British solo climber who was passed by forty people as he lay dying on the upper slopes of the mountain, and of Lincoln Hall, who was left for dead yet miraculously survived. It is a riveting account of what climbing the world's highest peak really means for those who take on the challenge and how far they will go in their single-minded pursuit of the summit. Nick Heil has worked as a Senior Editor at Outside magazine and has expert knowledge of climbing at dangerous altitudes. This is his first book. 'Heil is good on the nature of obsession ... even better on the hallucinatory effects of hypothermia ... the truths he reveals are harsh' Geographicalshow more

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