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THE AMNYE-MA CHHEN RANGE AND ADJACENT REGIONS Joseph Rock 1956 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By Rock, Joseph F.
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Roma, 1956, 1st edition. 194 pp, 82 plates, 5 color maps. In English. Hardcover, the covers are simple boards but inside this is a first rate production. Often found in lesser condition, this copy has no wear, no stains, no writing, no flaws of any kind. No dust jacket was issued. The condition is Very Fine.

Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884 – 1962) was an Austrian-American botanist, explorer, geographer, linguist, ethnographer and photographer. In 1920 Rock left for what would prove to be decades of residence and expeditions in Asia, mostly in Western China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture employed him as an agricultural explorer, sending him to Southeast Asia in search of seeds. Rock carried out expeditions mostly in Yunnan China sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1924, Rock set off on his most ambitious expedition lasting over three years sponsored by Harvard's Arnold Arboretum.

John F. Rock was one of the great early explorers of Tibet and China, and explored the area near Amne Machin in 1926, and estimated its height at 6400m (it is actually 20,610 ft, 6282m). He was often sponsored by the National Geographic Society, and had several articles published in their journal. He  is of most interest to climbers for exploring the area around Amnye Machen and Minya Konka. The Amne Machin range is an eastern extension of the Kunlun Mountains, a major mountain system of Asia.

In 1960, a Chinese expedition claimed that it had climbed the mountain, but it was demonstrated in 1980 that this expedition climbed Amne Machin II (Rock's Chenrezig, 6,268 m), 7 km SSE from the highest summit.

In 1981, Amne Machin I (Dradullunshog) was reached near-simultaneously by three groups, each of which had been led to believe they were the first and only ones to obtain a permit from the Chinese government. A Japanese expedition approached the summit from the south and put Giichiro Watanabe, Yoshio Yamamoto and Katsumi Miyake on top on May 22, 1981, and five other expedition members 3 days later.

Within three weeks, the American climbers Galen Rowell, Harold Knutsen and Kim Schmitz made an Alpine-style ascent over the East ridge of the NE summit to reach the main summit on June 9. They did not see any evidence of an earlier ascent.

The very next day Siegfried Hupfauer, Hans Gaschbauer, Franz Lämmerhofer, Gerhard Schmatz and Peter Vogler of an Austro-German expedition reached the summit as well. They had followed the Japanese route and the 3000 feet of fixed rope they encountered en route convinced them that the Japanese had been the first to summit.

The mountain remained busy that summer, as Kim Schmitz returned to the summit with two Canadian clients on June 12, another Japanese party summited in August, and in September an Australian team climbed the impressive NE face and descended over the 6 km long unclimbed NNE ridge.



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