Dark Summit

Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
By Nick Heil (audiobook)

An in-depth look at the 2006 Everest climbing season, the deadliest since the 1996 season made famous by Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." The main story lines center on the death of David Sharp, the near death of Lincoln Hall and the leader of Himalayan Expedition, Russell Brice, who orchestrates attempts on the summit and much of the base camp logistical support.

There is a lot of good history that sets up the story, including the initial discovery and exploration of Everest in the 19th century - through the early summit attempts of Mallory & Irvine, the failed solo attempt of Maurice Wilson and many other expeditions. The author also includes the climbing resumes of the main characters.

This is one of my favorite Everest books.

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