Mystery of the Nile: The Epic Story of the First Descent of the World's Deadliest River

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005 - Travel - 294 pages
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A thrilling account of the greatest geographical expedition of our time-the first-ever complete descent of the Nile River.

Over the past century, many explorers have attempted to run the magnificent Nile, but none succeeded. At least a dozen men died trying, and since 1964, three explorers have been shot, two have drowned, and another simply disappeared.

In April 2004, the renowned adventurer Pasquale Scaturro made history when he completed his epic journey down the Nile in 114 days, traveling 3,250 miles by kayak, from its source in Ethiopia to the shores of Alexandria, where it flows into the Mediterranean Sea. He ran the great river in the face of such obstacles as deadly crocodiles and hippos, arrests by Ethiopian and Egyptian militia, gunfire from Sudanese bandits, extreme temperatures, violent sandstorms, and exposure to malaria.

He details his historical quest here, with critically acclaimed coauthor Richard Bangs, in a breathtaking tale that features a beautiful collection of photographs. MacGillivray Freeman Films is releasing an IMAX movie in conjunction with the book.

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I'm more than ever convinced after reading this book that the people who due the dangerous white water rafting are completely crazy. This is a fascinating journey, well written and riveting. Your ... Read full review


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Richard Bangs is the author of The Lost River, for which he was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award. The founder of Mountain Travel Sobek, an adventure-travel firm, he has written more than five hundred magazine articles and eleven books.

Pasquale Scaturro is a renowned geophysicist and adventurer. In 2001 he led the successful Mount Everest expedition that broke four Everest climbing records. In 2004 he became the first person to complete a successful descent of the Nile. Scaturro lives in Colorado, where he heads Exploration Specialists International, which leads expeditions around the globe.

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