Courting the Diamond Sow: a whitewater expedition on Tibet's forbidden river
Adventure Press, National Geographic, Sep 1, 2000 - Nature - 252 pages
It has been called the Everest of the whitewater world. However, unlike Everest, the Tsangpo River in Tibet has yet to be explored and charted. No other place in the world possesses more drama than the magnificent series of gorges that house the Tsangpo. Looping around the eastern anchor of the Himalayan Range, cutting the deepest canyon on Earth, and emerging more than nine thousand feet below on the plains of India, the Tsangpo is a geographical riddle that has fascinated Western explorers since 1926 when botanist F. Kingdon Ward described it as one of modern exploration's greatest challenges.
In 1998, a world-class, four-man paddling team attempted to make history by becoming the first to navigate a remote, 140 mile stretch of the river. But when one of the men -- renowned chemist and kayak racer Doug Gordon -- fell victim to the lethal strength of the river's current, their expedition was abruptly abandoned. Gordon's remains were never found, and the mystery of the Tsangpo endures.
Here is the complete, never-before-told story of the ill-fated expedition. Wick Walker's Courting the Diamond Sow is an enthralling epic, featuring the kayakers' firsthand diary accounts as they passed through the gorges, fascinating insights into this enigmatic corner of the world and the attempts to explore it, and 16 pages of dramatic, full-color photographs.
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Review: Courting the Diamond Sow: Kayaking Tibet's Forbidden RiverUser Review - Kelly Anderson - Goodreads
This book was a gift from a friend due to my kayaking hobby and conversation to Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore I might be a little biased on this one. In all actuality, I did not expect much. A travel ... Read full review
Review: Courting the Diamond Sow: Kayaking Tibet's Forbidden RiverUser Review - Linda Robinson - Goodreads
A thorough, thoughtful and evocative account of the fated 1998 expedition to paddle the first descent of the Tsangpo River written by the expedition leader. With journal entries from the participants ... Read full review