Flying Off Everest: A Journey from the Summit to the Sea

Flying Off Everest: A Journey from the Summit to the Sea

by Dave Costello

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Perched impossibly on a ridge overlooking a 10,000-foot drop into Tibet, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa wait. Heel to toe, connected at the waist by a pair of carabineers that's connected to nothing else, they stare down the North Face of Mount Everest, a red and white nylon tandem paragliding wing fluttering behind them. They know that jumping off the top of the world marks only the beginning of a longer, more audacious journey. And they know that the two-mile ride down Everest will be the easiest part. If the jump doesn't kill them.In April 2011 the two unsponsored Nepalis set out on an unprecedented expedition to climb Everest, paraglide from its peak, and paddle nearly 400 miles to the ocean. Little problems wouldn't stop them. Like the fact that Babu had no technical climbing experience. And that Lakpa had never been kayaking—or swimming. But after summiting, surviving their flight off the world's tallest mountain, and being arrested, robbed, and nearly drowned—repeatedly—the two friends discovered their adventure had only just begun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762789665
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dave Costello is the senior editor at Alaska magazine and a contributing editor at Canoe & Kayak. He has also written for Outside, Rock & Ice, Climbing, National Geographic's Intelligent Traveler, SUP, and Trail Runner.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae viii

Prologue xi

Part I The Ascent

I Small Child 3

II The Flying Sherpa 17

III The Learning Curve 31

IV The Ultimate Descent 43

V Peak XV 61

VI Walking Slowly 75

Part II The Descent

VII In Flight 101

VIII River of Gold 127

IX Mother Ganga 151

Epilogue 173

Acknowledgments 188

Index 191

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"Flying Off Everest " transported me around the world, to rhe very top and back to the sea, A real page turner I could not put down!