Could not put it down.
Very much follows the pattern of the superb Into Thin Air. This time 11 climbers from various countries and expeditions die in Aug. 2008, yet two Sherpas somehow live. Loaded with little details about Sherpa high altitude porters’ lives and customs. One tof their customs, caring for each other, ended up saving two lives. Pics too.
Despite researching for two years, I’ll niggle a bit. See missed one error in the text below one photo inside a tent with a “freeze-dried chicken breast”. Makes me question the quality of research on what matters in the story.
OK, hardly matters.
What I will keep with me after reading the book is what can foil planning, even after investing tens of thousands of dollars to get things right. Egos are what propel these folks to do these things, and egos appear to be what killed them, that and the effects of brain deterioration above 26,000 feet.
Sure to be a classic.
You won’t be disappointed.
In the Path of Young Bulls details a team’s five-month-long stint of daily challenges along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, one of the USA’s toughest long-distance journeys. The book also serves as a resource for section and long-distance hikers in planning their own CDT adventures, by including daily mileages from starting and ending locations, as well as on-trail reports and conditions for each day’s hike.
$30.00 (plus tax)
286 pages, with over 50 pages of full color photos.
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