Left for Dead

Left for Dead

My Journey Home From Everest

Book - 2000
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With a new preface by the author * As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal

"I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling--quite literally a dead man walking--into camp and the shaky start of my return to life."

In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice--walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man's route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance.

Praise for Left for Dead

"Riveting . . . [a] remarkable survival story . . . Left for Dead takes a long, critical look at climbing: Weathers is particularly candid about how the demanding sport altered and strained his relationships." -- USA Today

"Ultimately, this engrossing tale depicts the difficulty of a man's struggle to reform his life." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9780440509172
Characteristics: 292 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Michaud, Stephen G. 1948-


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Apr 03, 2017

I'm so sad to give this a two star rating but I expected a lot more from this book. Beck's actual experience on Everest (or even the aftermath) was sadly not the main focus here. The majority of the book was his upbringing, the relationship with his wife, his depression, his obsession with climbing mountains and why that put a strain on his relationship with his family. The "after Everest" part which I will admit was sort of interesting was disappointing because it was not nearly long and detailed enough.

If you want to actually read about the 1996 Everest disaster in detail, please pick up Into Thin Air instead.

A better title for this book would have been "Beck Weathers: An Autobiography".

Dec 15, 2015

Glad to read about the trials & tribulations about Buck Weathers - what a selfish individual.

Nov 02, 2015

The picture on the web page is for a different book.


Dec 19, 2008

The first part of the book is what really drew me to it - the account of Beck's experience on Everest in 1996. It was a very honest and compelling part to read. I thought the book would then go on to his rehabilitation, which it did to some extent. However, it was also about his personal history, his battle with depression, his marriage, etc. This was interesting.

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