Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

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A grand expedition—an elite kayaking team’s heroic conquest of the world’s last untraveled river

The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet, sacred to the Buddhists and the inspiration for Shangri La, has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. As a river-running challenge, it is more difficult than any stretch of white water ever attempted. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried. Several have died. All have failed. Until now.

In January 2002 a team of seven kayakers launched a meticulously planned assault of the gorge. Accompanying them was author Peter Heller, a world-class kayaker in his own right. Filled with history, white-knuckle drama, and mutiny in one of the world’s most remote locations, Hell or High Water is a grand and riveting epic.

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Peter Heller is a contributing editor for Outside Magazine as well as an avid paddler.

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Rowdy and acrobatic, athletic and impassioned, a team of the world's best kayakers and adventurers tackles Tibet's most remote, dangerous, and white-knuckle-inducing stretches of white water, the fabled Tsangpo River. Outdoor enthusiast and journalist Heller is along for the ride, embodied ably by reader Patrick Lawlor, who brings a tough, outdoorsy, muscular quality to the narration. His impressions of the "Dude, where's my kayak?" characters and a rough-and-ready Aussie steal the show, though this story is riddled with real danger and intrigue. Heller's skillfully descriptive prose brings listeners to the brink of the icy waters and plunges them in. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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