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THE LAST BLUE MOUNTAIN Ralph Barker 1959 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Tony Streather
By Barker, Ralph.
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SIGNED by Tony Streather who was one of the surviving team members. 

London, 1959, 1st UK edition. 212 pp, 23 plates, 3 maps. Hardcover is Fine, DJ is VG with chipping along the edges.

Story of the tragic Oxford University Expedition to Haramosh in the Karakoram in 1957.  The 1957 expedition to Haramosh Peak in the Karakoram range in Pakistan is a tale in the same genre as Touching the Void - of an expedition that has gone terribly wrong.

Two climbers in the party are avalanched into a snow basin at 20000 feet, two other climbers try to rescue them but get stuck themselves in the process. 
The Last Blue Mountain tells of three days and three nights without food or water as the climbers try and extricate one another from an icy grave. As told by Ralph Barker, it is an epic of human endeavour and fortitude. 


Tony Streather 1926-2018


Narrative primarily from Wikipedia

As a captain posted to the Chitral region of Pakistan, Streather was the official government representative in a Norwegian expedition that made the first ascent in 1951 of Tirich Mir (7,710 m), the highest mountain of the Hindu Kush. He was initially appointed transport officer, but became a member of the successful summiting team. On his return to Britain he was invited to join the Alpine Club (he later became its president), and was selected for trials for the1953 British Mount Everest Expedition. He was rejected for the latter because of a lack of technical experience, but nearly at the same time was invited to join the 1953 American Karakoram Expedition, which attempted a far more technical route up K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Though again originally in charge of logistics, he climbed as high as anyone else and was involved in the dramatic events of storm, "The Belay" by Pete Schoening and epic descent of the mouintain from 7,800 m.[8]

In 1955, Streather participated in the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. With Norman Hardie, he reached the summit the day after the first summit party of Joe Brown and George Band. In 1957 he survived an epic near-ascent and rescue/survival on Haramosh (7,397 m) described in Ralph Barker's The Last Blue Mountain. In 1959 he led a successful expedition that included an ascent of on Malubiting Southeast (6,970).

In 1976 Streather led the Joint British Army Royal Nepalese Army Everest expedition, which successfully put two British Army climbers on the summit. 

Tony died on 31 October 2018 at the age of 91.




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