Nick Heil talks about Dark Summit. Heil recounts the harrowing story of the deadly and controversial 2006 climbing season on Everest.
He tells the full story of the deadliest year on Everest since the infamous season of 1996, while also presenting a troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiraled out of control- Book Passage
Nick Heil first wrote about the 2006 climbing season for Men’s Journal. Now a freelance journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was a senior editor at Outside from 1999 to 2006.
He has also worked as a climbing and skiing instructor, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Nick Heil, author of Dark Summit, accounts for the skyrocketing numbers of Mount Everest climbers since 1996.
The "recipe for real trouble" arose from unprecedented good weather conditions and low financial cost which, as Heil says, "allowed amateurs to bottleneck" on treacherous ridges, compounding the inherently dangerous climb with overcrowding.