Years after 'Into Thin Air' deaths, survivor returns to Everest
Neil Beidleman, who survived a tragic experience on Mount Everest in 1996, is back on the mountain.
May 10th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Years after 'Into Thin Air' deaths, survivor returns to Everest

On May 10, 1996, eight climbers on Mount Everest disappeared when a huge storm hit. Their tragic story was chronicled in Jon Krakauer's bestselling novel "Into Thin Air"

Neil Beidleman, a guide to one of the climbers who died, told the New York Times earlier this year that he planned to return to Katmandu, Nepal, and take on the world's highest peak again. The 51-year-old father of two said he hoped to retrace his steps from 1996 which would take him from Katmandu to Everest's South Side base camp.

Beidleman told the newspaper that he wants the trip to be a "closing chapter" to what happened in 1996. "The story doesn't have to be about the past," he said.

On Tuesday, Beidleman's wife Amy told that her husband's trek up Mount Everest has so far gone smoothly. Posts about his adventure can be found on the Twitter page of his co-climber Chris Davenport.

"We'd rather have him here. Mama Bear is not happy because we have two children who miss their dad," she said. "But they know they have a cool dad and this is what he wanted, so we're supporting him."

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  1. Brian

    People need to read the whole article. In 1996, his job as a guide was to help a group of people get to the top of Everest. The hike he is making now is to the base camp, not the summit. The hike to base camp, while relatively difficult, is a far cry from a summit attempt and is done by hundreds of people every year.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kris Nixon

    Good luck to neil, from my corner of the world (belfast northern ireland) I have read all about that fated trip 15years ago and have nothing but sympathy for all those involved. If this is biedlemans way of honouring the lost then best of luck to him.

    May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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