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LEGENDARY MAPS FROM THE HIMALAYAN CLUB: Commemorating 90 Years of the Iconic Institution Harish Kapadia 2018 1st ed Hardcover New
By Kapadia, Harish
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India, 2018, 1st ed. 240 pp, 150 color and b/w illustrations, maps. Fine-New hardcover. 
  • The Himalaya Club celebrates its 90th year in 2018, with over 420,000 members worldwide
  • A must have for serious climbers who have already been or plan to go on a Himalaya expeditions
  • An important reference on the history of climbing in this range, with diary entries, historical photographs, and hand-drawn maps drawn from each expedition
The last 90 years have been a glorious period in Himalayan exploration. As elite climbers from across the globe have attempted to discover the Himalaya, the Himalayan Club, founded in 1928, has played a pioneering role in chronicling their expeditions for posterity. Maps of these expeditions, preserved by the Himalayan Journal, comprise a historical treasure. 

Legendary explorations like Shipton and Tilman's route into Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Maurice Herzog's Annapurna ascent the first to scale a peak over 26,300 feet and Sir Chris Bonington's exploration of routes to Menluntse continue to arouse fascination. More recently, Harish Kapadia completed a century-old quest to track the route of the Brahmaputra River; Group Capt. V. K. Sashindran has explored the unknown Kunzang Valley; and A.V. Saunders attempted the ascent of Panch Chuli, ending in one of the most dramatic mountain rescues ever to succeed at such altitudes. All are included in this volume. 

With some of the routes and climbs documented here yet to be repeated, these important maps are accompanied by texts from the adventurers who drew them. Taken together, they are a tribute to the rich history of modern engagement with the world s most challenging mountain range. Contents: Kashmir - East Karakoram; Karakoram; Himachal Pradesh; Uttarakhand; Nepal - Tibet; Sikkim - Arunachal Pradesh - Bhutan. 

Mountaineer and explorer Harish Kapadia has made a unique contribution to our knowledge of the Himalaya: as editor of the Himalayan Journal; through his numerous books; and as a leader and organizer of countless expeditions over a 50-year career. Harish has climbed more than 30 Himalayan peaks and has led 150 exploratory expeditions across Himalayan passes. He has been recognized by numerous international organizations and is the recipient of many awards.

Book review Deccan Chronicle: This is one of the nicest books I’ve handled in recent times: hard leather binding with golden-lettered spine; thick, glossy, sepia-finished pages and content that makes it a treasure for lovers of mountains, mountaineering, maps, history and general-knowledge.

The chapters and sketches/maps have been selected from the internationally respected The Himalayan Journal, which recently completed 90 years. They cover the Himalayan range from the East Karakoram, Karakoram, Uttarakhand, Nepal-Tibet to Sikkim-Arunachal Pradesh-Bhutan. The introduction mentions a “Mind Map” that evolved into a “Human Map” which is what we have been using until the satellites started giving us images of the planet. “Prayer Maps” and “Descriptive Maps” were of interest to adventurous enthusiasts. The Survey of India paper maps have successors the sketch-maps, and then maps drawn to scale. But the “white spaces on the maps” were what attracted explorers into un-trodden territory. Today, computers make maps virtually flawless but, says editor Harish Kapadia, “the romance of the hand-drawn maps is missing”.


The text is easy on the eye and the pages full of illustrations (hand-drawn as well as photographs) that make one halt and ponder at almost every page. The photographs of the authors are displayed in collages; kudos to the designer, the pages bring alive the spirit of history and vivid prose in the most interesting way. The writer-mountaineers include John Hunt, Trevor Braham, Giotto Dainelli, Reinhold Messner, H.R.A. Streather, Riccardo Cassin, Anthony Saunders, J.O.M. Roberts, Robert Pettigrew, A.J.M. Smyth, H.W. Tilman, W.H. Murray, A.V. Saunders, Andre Roch, Martin Moran, Chris Bonington among others.



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