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TENTS IN THE CLOUDS THE FIRST WOMEN'S HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION Monica Jackson and Elizabeth Stark 1956 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By Jackson, Monica and Elizabeth Stark
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London, 1956, 1st ed. 256 pp, with 36 b/w plates, 5 maps. Black cloth hardcover with no dust jacket. Fine.

The first women's Himalayan expedition. In 1955 three female mountaineers, two of them wrote this book, set out to find a way through the lower gorges to the glacier valleys of the Jugal Himal on the Nepali-Tibetan border. Another aim was to check and correct the only existing map of the area. They made the ascent of an unknown peak of over 22000 feet and named it Gyalgen Peak after their chief Sherpa. [Neate J04.] 
 
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One of the few regions of the earth's surface hitherto unexplored is the Jugal Himal - a far-flung section of the Nepal Himalaya. Recently three women - a London housewife, a Lanarkshire speech therapist and a doctor from near Glasgow - pooled their resources, sailed to India, flew into Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, and investigated this remote and romantic region.
 
Their modest expedition made headline news, for not only was the work they undertook of considerable scientific value, but their expedition was the first composed only of women to venture into the Himalayas. This book, written by two of the three-member team is the record of a tremendous adventure. It will be read with excitement, with admiration and, indeed, with sympathy by all those who appreciate a good travel book, by those drawn even vicariously to the places of the earth. In the course of their travels, the authors made a first ascent of an unknown peak of over 22,000 feet, subsequently named by them Gyalgen.
 
They planned, and achieved, an ambitious programm, including several trips over passes, up valleys, investigating the flora and fauna of the most inaccessible area in the world. Their dealings with the Sherpas who accompanied them are described with humor and zest, and indeed the relationships struck up on the march are among the most fascinating chapters of the book. In a businesslike, cheerful, unassuming way history was made by Mrs. Jackson, Miss Stark and Dr. Camrass on the Jugal Himal.
 

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