It seemed like any other season on Mount Everest. Ten expeditions from around the world were preparing for their summit push, gathered together to try for mountaineering's ultimate prize.
Twenty-four hours later, eight of those climbers were dead, victims of the most devastating storm ever to hit Everest.
On the North face of the mountain, a British expedition found itself in the thick of the drama.
Against all odds, film-maker Matt Dickinson and professional climber Alan Hinkes managed to battle through hurricane-force winds to reach the summit.
In Death Zone, Matt Dickinson describes the extraordinary event that put the disaster on the front cover of Time and Newsweek.
The desperate attempts of teams on the southern side of the mountain, fatal errors that led to the deaths of three Indian climbers on the North Ridge and the moving story of Rob Hall, the New Zealand guide who stayed with his stricken client, and paid with his life.
Based on interviews with the surviving climbers and the first-hand experience of having lived through the killer storm, this gripping non-fiction book tackles issues at the very heart of mountaineering.
Death Zone is an extraordinary story of human triumph, folly and disaster.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/07/1998
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9780099255727
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Review by riverwillow
An interesting read and an interesting counter to 'Into Thin Air'. Dickinson was with a British team on the north side of Everest on the 10th May 1996 when the huge storm which was to leave 8 climbers dead with many others fighting for their lives. In the aftermath of the storm Dickinson, Alan Hinckes, Lhapka, Mingma and Gyaltsen eventually summited on the 19th May 1996 but it is Dickinson's thoughtful reaction to the costs of being above 8,000 meters (they passed the bodies of the three Indian climbers who perished in the storm and were leaving Camp Six at the moment that an Austrian climber died at the camp from Oedema) and how this impacts a person's judgement and morality which makes this an interesting read.