Lincoln Hall, the celebrated mountaineer who survived a night alone on Mt. Everest after being left to die, succumbed to cancer last Tuesday. The tale of this heroic survival is captured in his 2007 memoir DEAD LUCKY. In commemoration of Hall, below are a collection of quotes from his memoir. They speak towards the universal human qualities of hope and perseverance.
The lesson I learned that night was that as long as you can keep moving, you should do so, because you will never know exactly how much you have left to give.
It seemed to me that once my mind was tuned to fear or danger, there was two directions it could talk. One of these was the lifesaving reversion to an alert state; the other was a sinking into paranoia.
We all have survival instincts, but I believe that when those instincts have been tested to the edge there is a resonance within a hidden level of consciousness, which allows the energy you need to be pulled from somewhere.
Too often we judge when we have no need to do so, and just as often we ignore. My scrape with death has shaken me free of some of those restrictions. I now find myself in a space where judgements are fewer, where habits don’t seems as necessary. I do not have any more answers than anyone else, or even more that I was accustomed to having. What I do have is a stronger feeling of the unity of which I am part.
DEAD LUCKY LIFE AFTER DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST
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DEAD LUCKY chronicles the amazing story of Hall’s rescue following a night spent near the summit of Mount Everest, where he had been left for dead by the other members of his expedition.