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Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition

Roskelley, John; Rosekelley, John

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ISBN 10: 0811716473 / ISBN 13: 9780811716475
Published by Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by author on half title page " To Pati and Louie, Best Wishes, John Roskelley 10-22-87" Map endpapers Photos 240ppBook is a little cocked, otherwise book is AS NEW. Bookseller Inventory # 63462

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Title: Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition

Publisher: Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Cloth Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

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In 1976, John Roskelley joined a joint American-Indian expedition to climb Nanda Devi, a 26,645-foot peak in India's remote northwest frontier. The team of 13 climbers tackled the unclimbed Northwest Face, a spectacular wall of rock buttresses and snow and ice fields, and overcame monsoon storms and massive avalanches down the face. Roskelley's narrative details the expedition conception to end, from selecting the team and traveling through northern India to climbing the route and all the controversies that developed with the team. What unfolded during this climb was a story of strong emotion, conflicting ambitions, death and victory, desire and regret.

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This is the story of an American-Indian expedition to Nanda Devi, the second highest peak in India, and Nanda Devi Unsoeld, the daughter of Willi Unsoeld, who made the first ascent of the West Ridge of Everest with Tom Horbein in 1963. The free-spirited, 22-year old Nanda Devi, who was named after the mountain, convinced her father and Ad Carter, a former member of the 1936 first ascent team with Tillman and Odell, to lead the expedition. Unsoeld's and Carter's selection of a climbing team with vast differences in experience, and their choice of the techincally difficult and dangerous route on the Northwest Face almost proved to be too much for the team to overcome. John Roskelley is out-spoken and honest about an expedition that unraveled in the face of adversity, pulled itself together under torturous circumstances to fulfill its ambitions and goals, yet ended tragically high on the mountain. He speaks with the wisdom and authority of tireless dedication and grueling preparedness. This is a story not to be forgotten.

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