Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia

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On August 4, 1895, at a 19,000 foot 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, and a fox terrier confronted over 150 Tibetans armed with primitive matchlocks. The Englishman was St. George Littledale. His wife, Teresa, had shared in all of his adventures. In the 19th century, Teresa and George Littledale were known as the greatest English explorers of their day, journeying further into the hidden lands of Asia than any Western ...

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Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia

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Overview

On August 4, 1895, at a 19,000 foot 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, and a fox terrier confronted over 150 Tibetans armed with primitive matchlocks. The Englishman was St. George Littledale. His wife, Teresa, had shared in all of his adventures. In the 19th century, Teresa and George Littledale were known as the greatest English explorers of their day, journeying further into the hidden lands of Asia than any Western explorer had previously achieved. Yet, because they never published their own account of their journeys, for more than 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750947831
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Expedition Chronology vii

Maps viii

Epigraph xii

Introduction: On the Trail of the Littledales 1

1 Central Asia, Land of Extremes 11

2 Teresa Harris 20

3 St. George Littledale 40

4 Together 51

5 From the Rockies to the Caucasus 69

6 The Alai and the Altai 80

7 Across the Pamirs 91

8 To Gilgit 105

9 On to India 121

10 Across Central Asia 132

11 To Peking 146

12 Toward Tibet 163

13 From Kashgar to Cherchen 173

14 The Akka Tagh 183

15 The Chang Tang 197

16 Confrontation 208

17 Return 225

18 Russians and Royalty 240

19 The Clock Years 258

20 The Last Expedition 269

The Clock Winders 277

Glossary 278

Notes 280

Bibliography 303

Acknowledgements 312

Index 315

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