Himalayan Dreaming: Australian Mountaineering in the Great Ranges of Asia, 1922-1990

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ANU E Press, Jul 1, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 593 pages
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How did climbers from the world's flattest, hottest continent become world-class Himalayan mountaineers, the equal of any elite mountaineer from countries with long climbing traditions and home ranges that make Australia's highest summit look like a suburban hill? This book tells the story of Australian mountaineering in the great ranges of Asia, from the exploits of a brash, young colonial with an early British Himalayan expedition in the 1920s to the coming of age of Australian climbers in the 1980s. The story goes beyond the two remarkable Australian ascents of Mt Everest in 1984 and 1988 to explore the exploits of Australian climbers in the far-flung corners of the high Himalaya. Above all, the book presents a glimpse into the lives - the successes, failures, tragedies, motivations, fears, conflicts, humor, and compassion - themselves to the ultimate limits of survival in the most spectacular and demanding mountain arena of all.
 

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Contents

An outspoken Australian
7
Quiet years
25
Pilgrimage to the silver god
51
Upwardly mobile young men
67
Long necks on Dunagiri
85
A powerful partnership
109
Everest apprentices
125
Tough trials
139
Training on the big ones
305
Innocence lost
351
A strained relationship
365
an analysis
393
Peak performancetough climbs on
413
An even score
437
A quiet achiever
451
Where are the women?
483

Patience and persistence
155
Maps
187
A colonels dream
249
Ordered to climb
263
An arranged marriage
287
A Himalayan grand slam
503
Epilogue
521
Record of Australian
553
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