Skip to comments.Lincoln Hall, mountaineer left on Everest, dies
Posted on 03/26/2012 10:54:55 AM PDT by GSWarrior
SYDNEY (AP) Mountaineer Lincoln Hall, who was rescued a day after being given up for dead near the summit of Everest in 2006, died Wednesday of cancer in Australia. He was 56.
Hall reached the peak of the world's highest mountain but became gravely ill from oxygen deprivation during the descent. His guides helped him initially then left to save their own lives.
American guide Daniel Mazur, his two clients and a Sherpa guide were just two hours from the 29,035-foot peak on the morning of May 26 when they came across Hall, who had been left alone a day earlier.
"I was shocked to see a guy without gloves, hat, oxygen bottles or sleeping bag at sunrise at 28,200 feet height, just sitting up there," Mazur told The Associated Press days after the rescue.
Mazur said Hall's first words to him were: "I imagine you are surprised to see me here."
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Man, what an effort in his last days.
I hope it brought him some peace.
This is why I love Australians!
His plight was featured on that “I Shouldn’t Be Alive Show.” recently.
I will have to see if I can find it online. Thanks!
"You can always go back to the summit but you only have one life to live," Mazur told AP in 2006. "If we had left the man to die, that would have always been on my mind. ... How could you live with yourself?"
God said: you thought you were going to finish your climb on Everest today?
Sorry, I'm going to need you to save someone's life instead!
There are in the neighborhood of 200 dead bodies on Everest. Rob Hall, one of the all time great Everest guides, died near the crest. There is no way to move/remove bodies above a certain altitude [i.e.: the death zone’—26,000 ft and higher]. There is barely enough oxygen to haul one’s own body around; nobody can move a corpse under those conditions.
He died doing what he loved and saw the greatest sunrise of his life. Whenever I’m close to the Grand Canyon, my GF and I just sit there at 5 am and wait for the sunrise to hit the mountains.
Evidently his climbing partners weren’t Marines.
Unless I read it wrong, the Everest rescue was in 2006. The mountain didn’t get this brave and plucky man, cancer did.
It makes it sound like he died on ‘Chomolungma’ (Everest).
I love reading about climbing expeditions.
RIP Lincoln Hall.
The problem here is that climbing Everest has become part of a lot of rich guys’ bucket list.
So they hire guides and learn some minimal mountaineering and basically get hauled up the mountain. These are not climbers, they are tourists.
Obviously tourists on Everest is dangerous. It’s hairy enough for real climbers.
BTW, I have no idea if this guy falls into the tourist category, just that many do.
On the other hand, that's 200 meat caches if you're short on supplies...
Okay, I'm kidding. I'M KIDDING!!!
But you are correct....anyone with enough money can pay someone to haul them up and down Everest.
I keep vowing to read Into Thin Air, but at the same time I keep putting it off. It seems so tragic, the way Rob and the others died. The guide who looked out for Number One made it down fine, but died a few years later on an even riskier Himalayan peak.
You’re right, though. It’s some of the most fascinating reading in the world. Some of the dead bodies on Everest have never been found, such as Mallory’s partner. They likely never will be.
I recently finished reading Touching The Void. Amazing story!