Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia

Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia

by Elizabeth Clinch
     
 

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On 4 August 1895, at a 19,000ft pass on the north side of Goring La in Tibet, only 48 miles from Lhasa, a 43-year-old Englishman, his 55-year-old wife, 7 Ladakhi servants, 3 Pathan sepoys and a fox terrier confronted over 150 Tibetans armed with primitive matchlocks. The Englishman was St. George Littledale. His wife, Teresa, despite constant ill-health, had shared

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On 4 August 1895, at a 19,000ft pass on the north side of Goring La in Tibet, only 48 miles from Lhasa, a 43-year-old Englishman, his 55-year-old wife, 7 Ladakhi servants, 3 Pathan sepoys and a fox terrier confronted over 150 Tibetans armed with primitive matchlocks. The Englishman was St. George Littledale. His wife, Teresa, despite constant ill-health, had shared in all of his adventures.

In the nineteenth century, Teresa and St. George Littledale were known as the greatest English Central Asia travellers of their day, journeying further into that hidden land than any contemporary Western explorer. Yet, because they never wrote a book, for over a century their story has remained largely forgotten. Now, the authors, having discovered the Littledales' diaries and letters, have for the first time pieced together their remarkable, adventurous and courageous lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594855146
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Clinch and Nicholas Clinch have been to Chinese Central Asia, visiting the places the Littledales stayed. Nicholas Clinch is former executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation and President of the American Alpine Club. He organized and led Himalayan expeditions and an Antarctic Expedition. They live in Palo Alto, California. Sir Chris Bonington is a mountaineer and the author of Annapurna South Face and Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge.

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