Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia

Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia


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Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia by Nicholas Clinch, Elizabeth Clinch

* Teresa and St. George Littledale were an unlikely British couple who explored Central Asia in the 1890s with their fox terrier.

* The Littledale's were very well known in their time for their extensive travels and exceptional adventures but have been almost completely forgotten; this is the first book about their fascinating story.

* St. George Littledale received the Patron's Medal from the Royal Geographical Society but Teresa was overlooked.

For thirty years, St. George Littledale and his wife Teresa mounted expeditions in North America and Asia. Through a Land of Extremes gives a taste for a bygone time of travel into uncharted, unknown territory, when adventurers lived by a combination of wit, charm, and luck. Of independent means, the Littledales began in the American Rockies, Yellowstone, and Alaska. These trips were followed by expeditions in the late 1880s in the Caucasus, the Pamirs, Russian Central Asia, and Mongolia.

Their greatest exploit was a 14-month journey to Tibet in 1895. They were attempting to reach the Forbidden City of Lhasa, the great unmet goal of Central Asian explorers. In order to minimize their chances of being discovered before they neared their goal, St. George selected a route across the desolate, uninhabited Tibetan Plateau. At a 19,000-foot pass, they were finally blocked by 150 armed Tibetans. The Tibetans allowed them to continue over the pass to a suitable stopping place. The Littledales had come within 49 miles of Lhasa, closer than any other foreigners since 1846.

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)

About the Author

ELIZABETH CLINCH and NICHOLAS CLINCH are an exceptional husband and wife team, traveling to Chinese Central Asia, and visiting the places the Littledales traveled.

Nicholas Clinch is a mountaineering bibliophile, and the former executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation and past president of the American Alpine Club. He organized and led Himalayan expeditions and in 1958 led the first successful expedition to Gasherbrum I, America's only first ascent of an 8000m peak. He also led teams making the first ascents of Masherbrum in 1960, and Mount Vinson in Antarctica in 1967.

Elizabeth Clinch worked as a researcher for Encyclopedia Britannica and for National Geographic in Washington D.C. The Clinches live in Palo Alto, California.

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