A slender thread: escaping disaster in the Himalaya

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Hutchinson, Mar 7, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 208 pages
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Together with Chris Bonington and other distinguished British climbers, Stephen Venables was high on the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli when, at 1 AM on a dark Himalayan night, his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically, somersaulting from rock to rock and landing, seriously-wounded, at the end of a rope suspended above a 50-degree icefield. This is the story of his arduous and almost miraculous survival, and of the brilliant, committed teamwork which brought him to safety. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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User Review  - Nigel - Goodreads

I am a fan of climbing writing generally and have read of some of Venables exploits via other writers previously. This climbing narrative manages to incorporate so many other facets without loosing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Philip Burnett - Goodreads

Another great book about the Paunch Chuli range in northern India. Gives a good feel for expedition living and some of the thrills and draws of climbing. I went to a lecture by mr. Venables and found him very enthralling, his writing mimics his personality completely. Very fun reading. Read full review


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