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*Starred Review* In May 2006 on Mt. Everest, veteran climber Hall was left for dead because, to his fellow climbers, he appeared to have died. But the following morning, members of another expedition found him, sitting on a rock and very much alive. Hall’s story made headlines around the world—not too many dead men walk down off the tallest mountain in the world—and now Hall, the author of seven previous climbing-themed books, tells us the full story. It is a remarkable account. Hall’s ordeal is the stuff of nightmares: collapsing from altitude sickness, slipping into unconsciousness, waking up all alone at the top of the world, left behind as though he were a corpse. As a storyteller, Hall has a tough job: to convey to the reader what was going on inside his head as he slipped in and out of hallucination until the line between fantasy and reality was so blurred as to be nonexistent. He does this with a grace and sense of drama that befit a novel: we feel we’re there with him, seeing and hearing things that can’t possibly be real. There have been a great many Everest-themed books lately, but this one stands alone, the first-person account of a climber’s journey into, and back out of, death itself. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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aA gripping, almost unbelievable story of survival.a
a"The Sun- Herald"
aA compelling story that explores the outer reaches of human strength, endurance and endeavour.a
a"The Sunday Telegraph"
aA powerful account.a
a"Illawarra Mercury"
aAn incredible, educational spiritual and entertaining book.a
a"Independent Weekly"
aAn inspirational tale.a
a"Outdoor Australia" magazine

aIn May 2006 on Mt. Everest, veteran climber Hall was left for dead because, to his fellow climbers, he appeared to have died. But the following morning, members of another expedition found him, sitting on a rock and very much alive. Hallas story made headlines around the worldanot too many dead men walk down off the tallest mountain in the worldaand now Hall, the author of seven previous climbing-themed books, tells us the full story. It is a remarkable account. Hallas ordeal is the stuff of nightmares: collapsing from altitude sickness, slipping into unconsciousness, waking up all alone at the top of the world, left behind as though he were a corpse. As a storyteller, Hall has a tough job: to convey to the reader what was going on inside his head as he slipped in and out of hallucination until the line between fantasy and reality was so blurred as to be nonexistent. He does this with a grace and sense of drama that befit a novel: we feel weare there with him, seeing and hearing things that canat possibly be real. There have been a great many Everest-themed books lately, but this one stands alone, the first-person account of a climberas journey into, and back out of, death itself.a
--"Booklist" (starred review)
aA gripping, almost unbelievable story of survival.a
a"The Sun- Herald"
aA compelling story that explores the outer reaches of human strength, endurance and endeavour.a
a"The Sunday Telegraph"
aA powerful account.a
a"Illawarra Mercury"
aAn incredible, educational spiritual and entertaining book.a
a"Independent Weekly"
aAn inspirational tale.a
a"Outdoor Australia" magazine

aThere have been a great many Everest-themed books lately, but this one stands alone.a
a"Booklist" (starred review)

"There have been a great many Everest-themed books lately, but this one stands alone."
-"Booklist" (starred review)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; First edition thus. edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over two years ago, Lincoln experienced the best and the worst of Mt Everest. He was reaching the summit when he got a severe case of altitude sickness. His group attempted to revive him, but when that failed he was left for dead, very close to the summit. As fate would have it, a group of climbers making their way up, saw him in desperate need of help and ultimately saved his life. He writes about his horrible ordeal in this amazing book.
His hands and feet were absolutely covered in frostbite. He has had some limbs and toes and fingers amputated, and various other surgeries as a result of his experience up there. He refers to May 26, 2006 as the day he died, and writes in here the pros and cons for climbing Everest. He puts his family on both lists; on the con - the fear of leaving his wife and kids without a husband or father and on the pro list, the idea to show them that he was willing to take a chance to live out his dream. He describes the bitter cold and all the thoughts running through his head. It's a book that takes you through different emotions - triumph, fear, relief and everything in between.
Whether you like mountain climbing or not, this book is a great read. It is moving and interesting and it's good to see a happy ending. I really enjoyed this and hope you will too.
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I got this book a year ago thru a friend from Australia when it first came out over there. I read it in one sitting and could not put it down. For those who have read Beck Weathers Left For Dead, Lincoln Hall goes even further into the fight for living after the physical part is gone. I have all of Lincoln Hall's books he has wrote, and along with Blood On The Lotus this is his best writing.If you are into the physical and mental demands of what climbing Everest is about, Lincoln really blows you away with his own mind trip that night as he lay there in a fantasy world of his own.Excellent read..
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I'm an avid reader and find especially interesting the personal accounts of extreme survival situations. I am in awe of strength of the human spirit and the will to survive. Lincoln Hall's ordeal is no exception. I do however take exception to how poorly this book is written. Now I know not all and actually most people that do have these experiences aren't authors and so some forgiveness is required. But this guy....hmmmm he professes to be a writer! Whoa, I struggled with much of the book, because it was/is so poorly written. He rambles and there are paragraphs of boring minutia, that not only don't reveal any insight into who he is, nothing of any real interest regarding the "story" is added. Yes he survived an event that most people would not have and thus obviously has a story to tell, but his editor should have reined him in and kept his rambling under control. I say don't waste your money and check it out from a library rather than buy it. Buy... Touching the Void by Joe Simpson, instead.
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This is an excellent book- very well written and hard to put down. I have read many books on climbing and Everest, and this is one of, if not the best. His survival is incredible, and it's nice to read how histhoughts and love of his family kept him going (and played into whether he would attempt the climb at all) at a time when so many people only think of themselves. I highly recommend this book.
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This is much more than just a story of a climb to Mt. Everest (which is a inspiring story on it's own!). This is a story about the strength of the human spirit. There is no scientific explanation for his survival. It is obvious the strength of his mind/spirit is what brought him down from that mountain. The story was written well and enjoyable to read. Although I enjoy the outdoors, I am not a mountain climber, and I found this book so inspiring!
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Readers must wait 200 pages to get to the meat of this tale, the author's 'night out' atop Everest when he was left for dead. Seemingly every random thought and event that entered the writer's head before, during and after are recounted here, leaving the reader a bit antsy. Pages of 'hallucinations' weigh things down. Streamlining would have made for a better read. I wanted to know more about the frostbite because of the cover photo, but we never really see what happened afterward. No photo. Still, in the genre of deadly Everest literature, this one is worth wading through the dross to reach the shining nuggets.
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Lincoln Hall's climb on Everest was supposed to be in support of a young Australian's attempt to be the youngest ever climber to reach the summit. When he was forced back, Hall took the opportunity for one last go at reaching the summit himself.
In a year where a dozen climbers died on the mountain, Lincoln Hall was also left for dead just below the peak of Everest as night fell. And he had thought scaling Everest was going to be the real challenge!
In this account, Hall speaks in real terms of his battle with his mind and body to get through the night on Everest- something that no-one else had done. A revealing tale of the human body's ability to overcome adversity and to come back from the warm comforting reach of death, the strength of a family's love and the connection with the natural world. This book is truly an inspiration read.
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