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Titre : Painted Mountains. Two Expeditions to ...
Éditeur : Constable & Co, London
Date d'édition : 1986
Reliure : Blue hardback cloth cover
Etat du livre : VG : in very good condition
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : First Edition.
239pp. Colour photographic plates and maps. With dust jacket Signed by the author on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire j9633
Synopsis : This is a travel book about Kashmir, set in the early eighties, just before the Himalayan state became embroiled in political, ethnic and religious turmoil. The book describes two mountaineering expeditions: one to the idyllic, verdant Kishtwar region, where Venables and his companion made the first ascent of a spectacularly difficult peak called Kishtwar-Shivling. The second expedition was to the Siachen Glacier in northern Ladakh. It was a joint Indian-British venture, led by the world famous Indian explorer Harish Kapadia, and was to some extent a piece of Indian propaganda – demonstrating India's control of the disputed Siachen Glacier, scene of the world's highest battle, which still rumbles on, twenty years later, between India and Pakistan.
One of the best first books on the Himalaya for a very long time. -- High magazine 1986
Venables offers excellent and detailed historical background, whilst weaving a compelling narrative. -- Climbing magazine 2002
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