Lincoln Hall, who was a member of the first Australian team to summit Everest in 1986 and later gained fame after he survived abandonment near the summit of Everest in 2006, died on Wednesday of cancer. Hall, 56, developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos while working with his father as a child. In 2006, Hall was left above 24,000 feet after he became ill with altitude sickness and was presumed dead. An American expedition discovered Hall the next morning, sitting upright and cracking jokes. "Right on the heels of that thought of 'I'm going to die,' was the fact I can't die because I'm going back to my family," he later said. "That was the premise of this whole expedition, was that I come back, I always come back." The 2006 Everest season claimed ten lives and was later chronicled by Outside contributing editor Nick Heil in his book Dark Summit.
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