Straight Up: Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected: Berry, Steve
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Straight Up: Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected

Author(s): Berry, Steve

Copyright: 2012, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xviii, 148, 36 color & 27 bw photos, 3 maps, wraps
Condition: signed, new

Berry, cofounder of expedition firm Himalayan Kingdoms, has participated in nine Himalayan expeditions and 60 treks in the region. This is a collection of stories from his early expeditions prior to 1987. There are tales of encounters with bears, escapes from avalanches, summit successes and failures, love stories, mystical connections, Himalayan storms, near death accidents, raw travel across the Indian sub continent, and grapples with bureaucracy. It is told warts and all. It starts with tales of youthful naivety in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, progresses to what Steve describes as his best ever adventure, the first British ascent of Nun, 7,135m/23,410ft, in Kashmir, and finishes with the truth of what happened on the failed attempt to climb Bhutan's highest peak, Gangkar Punsum, 7550m/24,770ft.

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