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KAMET EAST KAMET WEST: THE KUMAONI EXPEDITION Col. Narinder Kumar, Kapil Malhotra 1987 1st ed DJ New
By Kumar, Col. Narinder, Kapil Malhotra
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India, 1987, 1st edition. 124 pp, 17 color and b/w photos, maps. In English. Tall hardcover, as New in an as New dust jacket.

Due to the size, there will be extra postage for Media Mail, Priority Mail or International Mail.

This copy is SIGNED by Col. Kumar on the 2nd free endpaper, with a message but not personalized (Dear sir...)

Story of the 1983 Indian expedition that climbed Kamet from the East side, the route of Frank Smythe's first ascent, and an attempted Kamet from the unclimbed West side, which was not successful.
 
This is the smoothly-told story of Kumaon Regiment’s unique attempt on the third highest mountain of India – a simultaneous attempt from its much-climbed eastern flank and the then unclimbed western one.

Kamet lies in the northern part of Uttarakhand in Garhwal, the tallest and mightiest of a group of four high mountains – Abi Gamin, Mukut Parbat, Mana Peak and Kamet itself. A climb of Kamet by its western flank was first attempted by Capt Slingsby in 1913. 

The numerous subsequent efforts concentrated mainly on its eastern approach and the first success was achieved in 1931 by an expedition led by the late Frank Smythe. Incidentally, it was after their success on Kamet that Smythe and his companions stumbled upon the Bhyundar Valley and their accounts of its floral wonders led to their accounts of its floral wonders led to its popularity as the Valley of Flowers.

Practically all subsequent attempts on Kamet followed the route taken by Frank Smythe. On the other hand, the mountain’s western route, the highest unclimbed route on any Indian mountain, remained untouched for 70 years until Col Kumar’s Kumaon Regiment team decided to make an attempt in 1983. From the beginning the Kumaonis encountered unusual odds. Inclement weather, problems of transportation, death of a team member due to non-acclimatisation, all hampered their progress.

Yet progress was made-inch by inch, foot by foot, through avalanche and landslide, blinding snow and blizzard and the summit was climbed from the eastern route. The team also climbed Abi Gamin and made a daring ski descent from just below the summit. On the western side, though the Kumaonis failed in forcing a route to the top, their attempt on the 6000-foot sheer North-West Face of Kamet has uncovered an exciting and exacting challenge for mountaineers.

The ever-fascinating encounter between man and mountain is revealed in this book in vivid detail with all its trials and tribulations, triumphs and failures, agonies and ecstasies. The book is illustrated with color as well as black and white photographs, and embellished with sketches and painting s by R.N. Pasricha.


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