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They were at 16,000 feet, on the Chang Tang plateau, four tiny figures in the vast and stunning solitude of a landscape few humans had ever seen. Though the odds were long, these were the men who could carry it off: Rick Ridgeway, a member of the first team to scale K2 without oxygen; Conrad Anker, one of modern America's finest mountaineers; Galen Rowell, climber and legendary wildlife photographer; and Jimmy Chin, at 29 already a seasoned veteran.
Suspense and danger abound in these gripping pages, but The Big Open is more than a tale of endurance, exploration, and discovery. Intertwining high drama, serious science, and wildlife preservation, it's also a portrait of one of Earth's least-known regions and its fascinating fauna, as well as an inspiring account of a worldwide campaign whose goal is to stem Central Asia's illicit trade in rare and endangered species -- a black market second only to drugs in its scope -- that threatens with extinction not just the chiru but the wild yaks, snow leopards, wolves, falcons, and other denizens of the Chang Tang. Exciting and engrossing, and ultimately triumphant, this unforgettable book is both an important work of nature literature and an unmistakable classic of adventure travel.
|Part 1||The Migration|
|Part 2||The Birthing Grounds|
|Part 3||Threat and Hope|