Tuesday, 15 July
Legendary Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall remembers – in his own words – the story of his miraculous Mount Everest climb. Left for dead, he defied the odds and lived to tell the tale.
In 2006, the deadliest season on Mount Everest in a decade, Lincoln Hall fulfilled his lifelong ambition of climbing the famous mountain, but things started to go wrong on the way back down. He was to become the only person to be declared dead so high on Everest who then lived to tell the tale.
Suffering from cerebral oedema, a deadly condition common at extreme altitude where low atmospheric pressure causes the cavities in the brain to leak fluid causing the brain to swell, Lincoln lay on the mountain while sherpas restled bravely to bring him back down to base camp. Finally, they were forced to leave him for dead on a freezing cliff face.
But the story was not over yet. Something happened that night that caused a dramatic reversal in Lincoln Hall’s destiny. He should have died, but he didn’t. Instead, he woke up. To this day the doctors still cannot explain what saved him.
At dawn, an international team making their way to the summit were amazed to find Lincoln sitting cross-legged on the edge of a 10,000 foot drop. His first words to the approaching climbers were: “I imagine you’re surprised to see me here”.
In disbelief, the climbing party called for help, a dramatic rescue was mounted, and Lincoln was successfully guided back down to base camp.
With never before seen footage, exclusive access, interviews and high quality dramatic reconstructions, Miracle on Everest is one of the great survival stories.