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Broadcast: 30/05/2006

Aussie climber to make full recovery from Mount Everest ordeal

Reporter: Peter Lloyd

TONY JONES: Meanwhile in Kathmandu, Sue Fear's close friend Lincoln Hall is receiving medical
treatment tonight after surviving the worst of Mount Everest. Doctors say the 50-year-old will make
a full recovery, but it may be several days before he's well enough to talk about his experience in
detail. South Asia correspondent Peter Lloyd reports from Nepal's remote northern border.

PETER LLOYD, SOUTH ASIA CORRESPONDENT: The man who'd been given up for dead on the world's highest
peak seemed in good spirits as he strode back into Nepal from neighbouring Tibet.

LINCOLN HALL, RESCUED CLIMBER: Hi there. Good thanks. Good to see you. Everybody's so clean.

REPORTER: How are the fingers?

LINCOLN HALL: (Raspy voice) OK. They're OK. They're OK. They'll be OK.

PETER LLOYD: Along with frostbite, Lincoln Hall is still in a physically fragile condition after
developing acute altitude sickness that was so severe his climbing companions believed he was dead.
The exact detail of what happened 8,700 metres up Mount Everest are still not clear and they may
never be - Lincoln Hall's memory is clouded by confusion brought on by the illness. After 12 lonely
hours, Hall was discovered alive by an American climber who mounted the rescue operation.

LINCOLN HALL: I... I have been able to talk to my family, so they know I'm OK. But it's just very
hard to... talk.

PETER LLOYD: Hall has not been told of the reported death of friend and fellow climber, Sue Fear,
who fell into a deep crevasse in western Nepal.

MICHAEL DILLON, MOUNTAIN CLIMBER: Firstly, because of the miracle with Lincoln, we can't be sure
that she's dead until the Sherpa comes back and really confirms it and b, it would be just one more
trauma for Lincoln at the moment.

PETER LLOYD: After struggling through passport and visa formalities with his frostbitten hands,
Lincoln Hall was escorted to an Australian embassy vehicle for the long journey to hospital in
Kathmandu.

GRAEME LADE, AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO NEPAL: There's one clinic that specialises in pulmonary
oedema, another one that specialises in frostbite.

PETER LLOYD: He's back from the dead, but has a long road to recovery ahead. In northern Nepal,
Peter Lloyd, Lateline.

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