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RAKAPOSHI Mike Banks 1959 1st ed Hardcover DJ SIGNED by Mike Banks
By Banks, Mike
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New York, 1960, 1st US edition. 238 pp, 36 b/w photos. Blue cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Book and DJ Book are very fine.

INSCRIBED on the title page, ''To Alan. Who shares my love of mountains and mountain literature. With best wishes. Mike Banks. Bath England 27 April 1993''

First ascent of this Karakoram peak by Banks and Patey in 1958. The story of the conquest of Rakaposhi, a 22,551-foot giant of the Himalayas. 'Book One' covers The British-American Karakoram Expedition of 1956 (failed) and 'Book Two' The British-Pakistani Forces Himalayan Expedition of 1958 (success). 

Rakaposhi is the 27th-highest mountain in the world and is the only peak on earth that descends directly and without interruption for almost 6,000 meters from its base to its summit. At 7788 meters it is only 695 feet under 8000 meters.

The victors were two Britishers: Mike Banks, a captain in the Royal Marines, one of the first men to have explored both the Arctic regions and the Himalayas, and Tom Patey, a surgeon in the Royal Navy. Banks had challenged the summit two years earlier with another party; this book tells of both expeditions.

Rakaposhi is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means 'shining wall' in the local language. Räkaposi is notable for its exceptional rise over local terrain, almost unmatched in the world. For example, it rises 6000m in only 16.5km horizontal distance from the Hunza River.

There are magnificent views of Räkaposi from the Karakoram Highway on the route through Hunza. A tourist spot in the town of Ghulmat called 'Zero Point of Räkaposi' is the closest convenient view point of the mountain.


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