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RAKAPOSHI Mike Banks 1959 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Banks, Mike
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London, Secker and Warburg, 1959, 1st edition. 238 pp, 19 b/w plates. Red cloth hardcover with worn dust jacket. Book is fine. Near Fine.

First ascent of this Karakoram peak by Mike Banks and Tom Patey in 1958. The story of the conquest of Rakaposhi, a 22.5 K foot giant of the Himalayas. 'Book One' covers The British-American Karakoram Expedition of 1956 (failed) and 'Book Two' The British-Pakistani Forces Himalayan Expedition of 1958 (success). 
 
The story of the successful ascent of 22,5000 foot Rakaposhi in the Himalayas in 1958. Also includes an account of his first unsuccessful attempt two years before. Both accounts told with '..crackling British wit..' On June 25th, 1958, one of the giant peaks of the world, 22,500-foot Rakaposhi, surrendered to human conquest.

The victors were two Britishers: Mike Banks, a captain in the Royal Marines, one of the first men to have explored both the Arctic regions and the Himalayas, and Tom Patey, a surgeon in the Royal Navy. Banks had challenged the summit two years earlier with another party, this book tells of both expeditions.

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means 'shining wall' in the local language. Rkaposi is notable for its exceptional rise over local terrain, almost unmatched in the world. For example, it rises 6000m in only 16.5km horizontal distance from the Hunza River.

There are magnificent views of Rkaposi from the Karakoram Highway on the route through Hunza. A tourist spot in the town of Ghulmat (located in the Nagar Valley) called "Zero Point of Rkaposi" is the closest convenient view point of the mountain.


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