First Across the Roof of the World

First Across the Roof of the World FIRST ACROSS THE ROOF OF THE WORLD Is The Story Of A Incredible Journey In The Days Of Jet Travel And Packaged Tours, Peter Hillary And Graeme Dingle Choose To Travel The Hardest Way On Foot And Carrying Their Supplies Through The Toughest Terrain In The World The Himalayas They Climbed And Tramped For , Kilometres It Took Them Ten Months They Passed Through Regions And Countries Which Are Merely Exotic Names To Most Of Us Sikkim, Nepal, Garwhal, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet And Of Course India And Pakistan They Moved Amongst Three Major Ethnic Groups, And Heard Than Fifty Dialects They Stepped Back In Time, Visiting Places Normally Inaccessible To The Outside World, And With A Way Of Life Which Has Remained Unchanged For Centuries

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  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • First Across the Roof of the World
  • Graeme Dingle
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 9780340320402

12 thoughts on “First Across the Roof of the World

  1. says:

    The story of an 1981 expedition led by Peter Hillary and Graeme Dingle who climbed and tramped for 5,000 kilometres from Sikkim to Pakistan.Assisted by a small support crew, and in the company of various others Tashi, SP Chamoli, Major Prem Chand the journey took them ten months From Sikkim in India, they passed into Eastern Nepal, traversed the entire country, passed back into India Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh into Kashmir, Ladakh and into Pakistan.Writing a chapter each, it was evident early on that Dingle and Hillary didn t get on as well as one might expect with two people about to spend 10 months together in remote and often dangerous country It was interesting to read each author described their view of this There was certainly a reluctance from Peter to include the support crew in any of the journey legs, whereas Graeme was supportive of the others, particularly Corrina his future wife Must have been awkward for the Indian men too, having to choose who to walk with when one or other strode out ahead.The goal of the journey was not of course to climb every peak, which is clearly impossible in a place like Nepal, but to traverse the Himalaya, travelling as close as physically and politically acceptable to the main summits There is a summary a few pages long of the peaks they achieved this with, and it is prodigious list There is little doubt their achievement is fantastic An easy to read book, with plenty of detail, which does well to balance getting too caught up in the mundanity of ten months of walking

  2. says:

    In 1981, Graeme Dingle Peter Hillary walked from Kanchenjunga to K2 The journey took 300 days The started in Sikkim, traversed Nepal, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, and finished on the Concordia Glacier in Pakistan They tried to stay as close to the main ridge of the Himalayas as possible, although difficulties with permits, terrain and border crossings often forced them southwards They did not climb any major peaks 20,000ft Kungchang is the only summit attempt recorded in the book, and they were forced back by bad weather Another reviewer has suggested that they climbed all the summits listed in the gazetteer at the back of the book, but that is just a list of ranges passed or crossed, together with their most prominent summits Instead of climbing mountains, they instead spent the journey crossing high cols, descending into deep valleys, crossing rivers, and then climbing to the next col In 5000 kilometres, they clocked up an astonishing 1.5 million feet of ascent.They did this Alpine style an admittedly bizarre phrase to use for a 300 day expedition They travelled light, with the minimum of equipment, camping in caves or under a tent flysheet, buying or begging food as they went They walked most of the time in training shoes, only getting out the boots if their route took them over 17,000ft.Their maps were of poor quality, and they learned to distrust the directions given by locals who for obvious reasons didn t quite understand what they were up to Often they got lost, and on one occasion they visited six separate cols while trying to find their way down into the right valley.It s evident that they hated each other from quite early in the journey having huge fallings out and intermittent reconciliations, walking separately for long periods, and writing alternate chapters of this book.Neither author is a great prose stylist, so the story is sometimes laboured, sometimes obscure There are only so many things you can say about another col, another glacier, or another river crossing The narrative really only comes alive in the descriptions of encounters with people helpful or hostile, local or mountaineer.In summary a plodding description of an epic journey.

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