Tents in the Clouds: The First Women's Himalayan Expedition (Adventura Books)

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9781580050333: Tents in the Clouds: The First Women's Himalayan Expedition (Adventura Books)

Written over 40 years ago, Tents in the Clouds--available in America for the first time--is the inspiring account of the first all-woman expedition in the Himalayas. 35 photos. Maps.

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This engaging firsthand account of an expedition by three British women to an unexplored area on the border between Nepal and Tibet in 1955, reissued by Seal Press, is likely to be a hit in the burgeoning adventure category. While the women's modestly stated goal was to explore the "uncompromising" Jugal Himal region, they succeeded in finding and climbing an unmapped 21,ooo-foot mountain peak, which they named Gyalgen in honor of their endearing Sherpa guide. Accompanying the two authors--a housewife and mother, and a speech therapist, respectively--was a Scottish physician, Evelyn Camrass. Experienced mountaineers all, they were the first female expedition in the Himalayas and a successful example of a leaderless team. The book's charm lies in the tangy juxtaposition of the authors' understated, matter-of-fact presentation of their accomplishments and their awe-inspiring bravery, resourcefulness and meticulous preparation. By today's standards, their equipment and clothing were primitive; they endured their share of frostbite, altitude sickness and discomfort. Yet they maintained a stiff upper lip while crossing shaky chain bridges, walking through a jungle fire, managing their native guides and otherwise facing potentially lethal danger and unforgiving weather. Rendered in fine, succinct language ("the snow was blowing blue and iron hard") and seasoned with good humor, their serene reflections on their "strenuous endeavors" are a delight. 35 b&w photos, maps. (Jan.)
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In her foreward to this U.S. version of a book originally published in England in 1956, Arlene Blum recalls wanting to go on a guided expedition to Denali in 1969 only to be told women were relegated to cooking chores at base camp; but that didn't discourage her from leading the first American team of women up Nepal's Annapurna in 1978--a historical feat. Now turn the clock back to 1955 and read how three women climbers forged new ground in this inherently dangerous sport as the first all-women expedition to Jugal Himal, at that time still an uncharted section of the Himalayas with peaks over 20,000 feet. This book is a testament to women worldwide that mountaineering history occurred much earlier than most may think. The authors offer a refreshing perspective filled with humor and scrupulous details of the terrain. Readers interested in this region of the world and climbing history buffs will find this fascinating and marvel at the similarities and differences from 40 years ago. Brenda Barrera

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