There are mountains you can climb that are basically just snowy walks, and they can be fine, concedes Australian climber Lincoln Hall. But when you get into serious mountains, the places are littered with dangers.
Dead Lucky, Halls new book, which hell read from and sign tonight, recounts just such a risky expedition a May 2006 trek to the summit of Mount Everest. Although Hall made it to the top, he was stricken with cerebral edema on the way down, and within hours, he appeared to have succumbed to the elements. But not so fast: That night, many hours after his companions had headed to camp for their own safety after determining that hed died, he woke up and managed to survive until another group found him the next day. I came quite close to death, and I could feel that it was welcoming me but I decided to decline the invitation, he says, adding, The world is so much richer for me now, because theres potential there that I never believed was possible.
Hall speaks at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street. Admission is free. Get more info at 303-470-7050 or www.tatteredcover.com and read a complete Q&A with Hall at blogs.westword.com/latestword.
Fri., May 30, 2008