Dark Summit

Dark Summit

The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season

eBook - 2011
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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. 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 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Vintage Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9780307369512
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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DBStewart Apr 26, 2012

I admit it- I am an enthausist of the out door adventure type of literature be it non-fiction or fiction. As an "armchair climber" ( though one that does hike and backpack) I have read many books on the subject and a good number of those books read have been specifically about Everest.
I found this a rather "slim" volume to cover as much as it does (so many different groups were on the North side of Everest that season and so many perished there). I was dismayed to find one glaring error of facts, on page 42 (of the American first edition published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2008) concerning the bivouac made by Brice and Taylor near the Second Pinnacle. It is not Mr. Tasker's remains that sit so "serenely in the snow" near the Third Pinnacle, but Mr. Boardman's. An error like this, easily prevented with some fact checking, makes me wonder what others errors there might be.
The one thing I found fascinating about this account was the role played by modern communications technology. Events that in the past would've taken weeks to reach the general public now can be broadcast as they take place. So leaders, climbers, guides and other players are tried and judged in the public court of opinion even before they reach BaseCamp or have a chance to process their own experiences.

Oct 06, 2010

2006 was the deadliest season on Mount Everest since the 1996 season that spawned a number of books, including Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." This is an interesting look into the lead up to the season, the larger-than-life characters who took on the mountain, and the ethical dilemmas around some of the events that took place including the death of British climber David Sharp.

Jul 23, 2008

For an Everest enthusiast, this is definitely a second look at the ethics of Everest after Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". This is actually an easier book to read than Krakauer's as it doesn't have any long-winded personal accounts to interject into the reporting.
OLN has run a series of Man vs. Mountain which has some commonalities with the book as it is from the same side of the mountain and filmed during the same year.

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