BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 23 MARCH, 2018
Commemorating 90 Years of the Iconic Institution
By - Harish Kapadia
About the Book
The last 90 years have been a glorious period in Himalayan exploration. As explorers from across the globe have attempted to discover the Himalaya, the Himalayan Club has played a pioneering role in chronicling their expeditions for posterity. The accompanying maps, from the Himalayan Journal, are a historical treasure capturing various facets of exploration over time. Legendary explorations like Shipton and Tilman's route into Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Maurice Herzog's Annapurna ascent - the first to scale an 8,000m peak - and Sir Chris Bonington's exploring routes to Menluntse continue to arouse fascination to this day. The last decade or two have witnessed fascinating explorations - trails to complete the century-old quest to trace the route of the mighty Brahmaputra river by Harish Kapadia, exploring the unknown Kunzang valley by Group Capt. V.K. Sashindran, ascents and accident on Panch Chuli by A.V. Saunders and an ascent of Nilkanth by the west ridge by Martin Moran and many others. With some of the routes and climbs documented here yet to be repeated, this book is a tribute to the rich history of exploration and a treasure trove for aficionados.
About the Author
NHarish Kapadia has made a unique contribution to our knowledge of the Himalaya: as editor of the Himalayan Journal, one of the most authoritative and comprehensive records of exploratory activity in the Himalaya; through his numerous books and as a leader and organiser of countless expeditions over the last 50 years. Harish has personally climbed more than 30 Himalayan peaks, many of them first ascents. He has also crossed more than 150 Himalayan passes to explore different valleys. Harish has received many awards including the Royal 'Patron's Medal', by the Royal Geographical Society, the first Indian to receive this highest adventure award after 125 years. The President of India honoured him with the prestigious 'Tensing Norgay National Adventure Award' (2003) for Life Time achievements, and he also received the 'King Albert I Mountain Award' in Switzerland and Piolets D'or Asia 2017, UIAAA, considered as the Oscar award of mountaineering. Harish is frequently invited to lecture on his Himalayan exploits, and is Honorary member of many international organisations, and Editor Emeritus of the Himalayan Club. He is married, and lives in Mumbai.