Dark Summit: The True Story Of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick HeilDark Summit: The True Story Of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil

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

byNick Heil

Paperback | February 3, 2009

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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, Nick Heil recounts the harrowing story of the deadly and controversial 2006 climbing season on Everest.

In early May 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. Hall’s 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 Sharp’s death was shocking, it was not singular: despite unusually good weather, 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. He introduces Russell Brice, the outfitter who has done more than anyone to provide access to the summit via the mountain’s north side–and who some believe was partially responsible for Sharp’s death. 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 and outdoor writer, 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 spiralled out of control.

From the Hardcover edition.
Nick Heil first wrote about the 2006 climbing season for Outside, where he worked as a senior editor from 1999 to 2006. Now a freelance journalist, his work has also appeared in Men’s Journal, Skiing, and other publications. Based in Santa Fe, he has worked as a climbing and skiing instructor, and has travelled extensively in Europe, A...
Title:Dark Summit: The True Story Of Everest's Most Controversial SeasonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.22 × 0.77 inPublished:February 3, 2009Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307356434

ISBN - 13:9780307356437

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Read If you loved Into Thin Air this book is along the same lines relating another tragedy on Everest that took several more lives only a few short years later. This book delves into some of the history of previous climbing excursions before telling the shocking story of how different "mountain morality" can be. Can it really be acceptable to leave dying people to their deaths in pursuit of your goal to climb the world's highest mountain.....?
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love Everest and it's stroried history, you will love this book Captivating account of one of the most brutal seasons in Everest's climbing history. Well written and an incredibly interesting read.
Date published: 2016-12-30

Editorial Reviews

“An extraordinary tale.”
— Bob Shacochis, author of The Immaculate Invasion

“An in-depth investigation of whether or not the world’s most prestigious mountain climbing adventure is spiralling out of control.”
Toronto Star

From the Hardcover edition.