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HIMALAYA. Herbert Tichy 1970 1st edition Hardcover No DJ Very Good
By Tichy, Herbert
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New York, Putnam, 1970, 1st Am edition. In English. This book was originally written in German and published in that language in 1968. It has 175 pages, 61 color photos (several tipped-in), 84 b/w photos, EP maps, glossary of terms. This copy lacks the first 6 pages including the title page. The book is large format & measures 11'' tall x  9 1/2'' wide, 1'' thick. Large Hardcover with no DJ, Very Good condition. Cover and contents are Near Fine.

Due to the large size and weight of this book, extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

Herbert Tichy (1912-1987) made the first ascent of Cho Oyu in 1954, one of the 8000 meter peaks. In this book weaves his experiences of 7 Himalayan expeditions into the history, geography and ethnology of the region. This includes plenty of very interesting anecdotes about famous climbers & explorers based on the author's meetings them or conversations with others who knew them. Tichy was an itinerate scholar with a doctorate in geology, but the bulk of his work was in geography. He travelled to the Himalaya many times as well as to other remote regions of the world (Africa, Tibet, Central Asia, China, Alaska), usually alone with one or two locals.

Thus he learned intimate details of local cultures and traditions. He became lifelong friends with many of the local people that joined him during his travels. In 1954 Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama and Sepp Jöchler made the first ascent of Cho Oyu (8201m), the sixth highest mountain on the planet. In this book Tichy describes their feted return from the mountain where they were obliged to drink chang and party at each village during the two week trek out. Being 'tipsy or completely sozzled for two whole weeks' probably saved Tichy from loosing any of his fingers to the severe frostbite that he had suffered on the climb.

This book is a fairly comprehensive description of the Himalaya, the mountains, the people, their cultures. It covers history of exploration starting in 300 B.C. through the first ascents of the 8000m peaks. Much is written about local culture and traditions. The author describes visiting places and buildings written about by early explorers like Sven Hedin & Henry Savage Landor.

The Chapter headings are

  • The Himalayas Have Many Faces
  • All the Zones of the Earth
  • The Home of the Gods
  • The Land of Holy Men
  • Spies Who Went into the Cold
  • The 'Unbelievers' [ chapter on the Kafirs living between Chitral and Afghanistan ]
  • Valle Bellissima [ short history of Nepal ]
  • The World's Best Soldiers [ the Gurkhas ]
  • The Great Mountain Guides [ excellent chapter on Sherpa people ]
  • Yak and Yeti
  • The Unknown Himalayas [ Bhutan and Sikkim ]
  • The Search for Shangri-La
  • Amid the Crossfire of World Politics
  • Himalayan Conquerors [ mountaineering history and author's opinions ]

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