May 26, 2006

Australia climber found alive after night on Everest

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian mountaineer left for dead
near the summit of Mt Everest has been found alive after
spending a night out on the world's highest mountain, but
remains severely ill with frostbite and altitude sickness.

Lincoln Hall, 50, was initially reported to have died of
cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, as he descended the
mountain, according to expedition leader Alexander Abramov, on
internet site

However, climbers ascending the next day discovered Hall
still alive near the peak and launched an immediate rescue

Hall's survival comes a week after British climber David
Sharp died after getting into difficulties on his descent from
the 8,850 meter (29,035 foot) summit. Several groups of
climbers passed Sharp but did not stop to help.

Abramov said on the website that Hall was being checked by
a doctor at the North Col camp at 7,000 meters, but remained in
an extremely serious condition. Another member of the
expedition, Thomas Weber, died on the mountain.

Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest, has
criticized the commercialization of climbing the world's
highest mountain, saying he would have abandoned his attempt to
reach the summit to save another climber's life.

There have been 15 deaths this year on Everest according to
mountaineering website

In 2005, a record 101 expeditions tackled Everest, while
the 2006 season will see 82 teams attempting climbing the