Lost Mountains: Climbs in the Himalaya

Lost Mountains: Climbs in the Himalaya


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In this age of commercially guided expeditions and vacationing hordes in the Himalaya, Stephen Venables, a member of climbing's greatest generation (and the first Briton to summit Everest without oxygen), still seeks out climbing's loneliest and most difficult challenges. In addition to his tremendously accomplished mountaineering career and his award-winning books, Venables is known for traveling to remote towers of rock and snow in the farthest flung corners of the world, with tiny groups—typically one or two companions. In fact, it is those climbs, as much as his exploits on Everest, that have helped make Venables one of contemporary mountaineering's most influential figures. In particular it is the two dramatic climbs in Kashmir recounted in Lost Mountains which helped shape today's increasingly small-sized, elite mountaineering expeditions. First published in the UK under the title Painted Mountains, Lost Mountains won climbing literature's most prestigious literary award, The Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. It is a gripping account of how a skillful, bold, and creative mountaineer survives situations that would overwhelm almost anyone else. 20 black-and-white photographs accompany the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560253730
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrationsvii
Part 1Hishtwar-Shivling1
Chapter 1A Dream2
Chapter 2Causeway of Distress13
Chapter 3Monsoon33
Chapter 4Getting to Hnow the Mountain51
Chapter 5On the Wall65
Chapter 6The Summit89
Chapter 7Return to Earth103
Part 2Rimo, The Painted Mountain115
Chapter 8An Invitation116
Chapter 9Mangoes and Momoes129
Chapter 10Beyond the Inner Line151
Chapter 11To the Lake of Bones173
Chapter 12Exploration187
Chapter 13Seven Days on Rimo I199
Chapter 14The Far Side of Rimo223
Chapter 15The Double-Humped Camel and Mahendra's Bridge233
1Expedition Diary: Kishtwar-Shivling, 1983252
2Mountaineering in the Kishtwar Himalaya, 1947-85254
3Siachen Indo-British Expedition, 1985262
4Exploration and Mountaineering in the East Karakoram, 1821-2000265
5The Siachen and Terong Glaciers East Karakoram Scientific report276
6Sponsors and Friends284

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