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 spiraled out of control.
©2008 Nick Heil; (P)2008 Tantor
"Here is humanity itself, personified in exemplary fashion by Nick Heil, addressing the Everest culture's lack of compassion and coming up with the right answers." (Bob Shacochis, author of The Immaculate Invasion)
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)
Tense. Terrifying. True
Actually, all of the characters--there were man--were compelling.
Excellent timber in his voice.
It made me even more terrified of heights!
Well written account of the deaths during the Everest 2006 season. Shows the behavior of people in an extreme environment. To understand the human race it helps to know how people act in real situations. This factual story portrays a sadness of what occurred with some hope that someone will try to do whats right. If you want to know about what could happen study what has happened.
The frank discussion of the relative ease that humans can expire
The preserve nice of Hall when everyone else thought he was dead.
I enjoyed this book, even if I got a little lost with all of the various persons from all over the world. It was a fascinating look at tragedy on Everest (yet again). I changed my mind about how I felt and thought about certain aspects of that situation based on this book. The in-depth analysis of all the factors was excellent. (I'm trying not to reveal too much here in case people don't know the story). This book was not as well-written as "Into Thin Air", but it was still good and definitely worth the credit. It held the interest of both my husband and me. The narrator does a good job with the different accents, which helps a bit with keeping people straight.
I'm not sure, it wasn't a bad book but I didn't have anything I loved.
I didn't know all that went on during that climbing season. It was interesting to hear about and I would recommend this book if you want to know more about the dangers of Mt. Everest.
The way the story was presented
Into Thin Air
When a certain hiker returned to camp.
The morality question of helping hikers who are in trouble in an impossible situation
This book was enthralling, and the story was extremely powerful to me. This book put you into the mind of people making simple decisions that would affect themselves and others in ways that they could have never imagined. This is an amazing partner to into thin air.
I read "Into Thin Air" and was completely caught up in the romance and destruction of Mt. Everest. I was looking for more on the topic, and came across this book. Nick Heil does a good job with the story, there is nothing wrong with this book...but there is nothing magical either.
Krackauer spoke from first hand experience. He as on the mountain, on the trail, in the middle of the storm, and his account was utterly compelling. Nick Heil researched this book, and did a fine job of it, but you can tell it's missing that personal element of actually experienced these events.
With that said, if you enjoy Everest stories, and find the commercialization of the mountain a disturbing, if fascinating, subject. This book is worth the listen. The research is excellent, and while the writing won't draw you in the way some do...it won't turn you off either. And in a way, these are stories that tell themselves. The moral dilemma inherent in climbing at 27,000 feet and seeing others who need saving makes for compelling human drama. Just because it doesn't meet the standard of the other book, doesn't mean it's not worth your time.
revealing, fascinating, carefully researched
there were no characters in this book--it was a true story
This event has always fascinated me, probably because Beck Wethers is an ordinary radiologist from Dallas and I live not far away. I never knew mountain climbing could be so hard or dangerous. I lost a colleague several years ago because he literally fell off a mountain.
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