Climb: The Story of Andrew Brash
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Andrew Brash is a Calgary climber and teacher who has been following his passion for climbing and adventure for over twenty years. He’s traveled and climbed in some of the most impressive mountain environments the world has to offer, including mountains in Tibet, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Alaska, Chile and Nepal.

In May of 2006, Andrew took the final step towards his life-long goal of climbing Mount Everest. Just two hundred meters from the Everest summit, Andrew’s dream was cut short for a noble cause. Andrew and his team called off their final ascent to assist an Australian climber, Lincoln Hall. After reaching the summit of Everest, Lincoln began to suffer from altitude sickness, and began a desperate struggle down the mountain. He was eventually declared dead, and his teammates were forced to leave his body to the mountain. Lincoln spent the night alone above 8,600m, 600m into the Death Zone, and only 200m below the summit. His wife and teenage sons were informed of his death by satellite phone that same evening. However, Lincoln was still clinging to life when Andrew and his team discovered him some twelve hours later. They spent many hours helping Lincoln to recover and organizing his rescue. With a dwindling oxygen supply and due to the late hour, Andrew and his team were forced to end their expedition.

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The story made headlines around the world and was contrasted with the well-publicized death of another Everest climber that same season, David Sharp of England. It was reported that more than forty fellow mountaineers opted to not assist him despite his situation of extreme exhaustion. As a result of these two very different stories, Everest 2006 became one of the most controversial and highly discussed seasons in the mountain’s history.

Several climbers have commented that Andrew has one of the most interesting climbing resumes in Canada, which includes new routes and unclimbed peaks in Nepal, China, Norway and Tibet. He’s been featured in magazines and journals such as The Canadian Alpine Journal, The American Alpine Journal, Climbing Magazine, On the Edge Magazine, High Mountain Sports, National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Explore Magazine and was profiled in Gripped Magazine.