Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK2071-9484
MY FATHER, SANDY [A.F.R WOLLASTON, New Guinea, Carstenz] Nicholas Wollaston 2003 Hardcover DJ Fine 4 Copies Available
By Wollaston, Nicholas
Price: $29.99

List Price: $35.00
You Save $5.01 (14%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

London, Short Books, 2003. 191 pp, b/w photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

Nicholas Wollaston was four years old when his father Sandy was killed in 1934 - shot dead by one of his Cambridge students. In this memoir, 70 years on, Nicholas finally confronts his loss and goes in search of the father whom he hardly knew. Sandy Wollaston, doctor, botanist, explorer, lived in the last great age of discovery. On extraordinarily tough expeditions to New Guinea, the Sahara, and the Himalayas, he collected new flora and fauna of lasting importance; and in 1924, in tweeds and leather shoes, he accompanied Mallory on his first trip to Everest. My Father, Sandy is a son's tribute - a voyage of discovery - part memoir, part travel history, but above all a moving love story.

From the Back Cover: "When did I last see my father? At tea-time, is the real answer – watching him eat bread and butter with quince jam. I some times wonder, was there no hint of tragedy to come? No warning shadow to creep across the page? He himself that summer afternoon in Cambridge could have had no fear of any sudden trick of fate. After surviving danger in far corners of the earth, to be marked now as the target for murder was absurd..."

Excerpted from My Father, Sandy: A Son's Memoir by Nicholas Wollaston. Copyright © 2003. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved: 

They camped beside a bubbling mountain stream; and by a hot sulphur spring where violets and begonias grew; and in uplands where thick forest gave way to pines and casuarinas, where Sandy found orchids, meadowsweet, rhododendrons, a geranium, a blue gentian. It was getting hopeful. Mount Carstensz appeared less then ten miles ahead. But the ground got steeper, the party had to be roped with lengths of rattan: ‘The weight of men made the vegetation start to slide down the smooth rock, and not much more would have set the whole thing avalanching… No footholes at all… We had to make a bridge with a sapling thrown from boulder to boulder, bending like a fishing-rod… No crack or projection to give a handhold… A slip would mean being swept into the torrent like a piece of grass… I was glad when we were past… Camped in a mossy jungle and slept snug enough…

Without the natives they would never have got through such country, but two days later, camped in clouds on a high ridge, even the guides were lost. Next morning, before the daily rainstorm, the world cleared for a view back to the country they had been through, and down the Utakwa valley to the flat jungle stretching to the sea. They scrambled over scree to a rock wall where a native found a way up – ‘they can climb like squirrels’ – and lowered a rope for the others. Then on to the first patch of snow with a glacier hanging above. Carstensz towering overhead was nearly conquered but it was midday, too late to go further.

Next day, with Kloss and a few Dyaks, Sandy set off to put a camp as high as possible for the last assault. It was raining and blowing and half the Dyaks, miserable with cold, dropped their loads and turned tail. The rest struggled through dense mist to camp on steep lumpy ground with everything soaking. ‘There we spent a night which, even by the low standard of New Guinea comfort, was the most disagreeable I can remember… But we had an exceedingly fine dinner off a tin of mutton which had always been sloppy tasteless stuff – now it was hard and firm and excellently tasty. Also half a tin of plum pudding with a dash of brandy from my flask, and then all our water in cocoa, which gave us a small cupful each. It was all very good had we not been so tremendously hungry… The Dyaks kept a fire going in their tent, but nobody got much sleep.

In the morning Sandy and Kloss climbed through fog and rain to the foot of the snow, then up a glacier to a point between a wall of rock and a wall of ice. Three strong climbers could have gone on, but Kloss had never been on a mountain and in such weather ‘it was not to be thought of… Nothing for it but to turn back.’ Boiling the hypsometer gave a height of nearly 15,000 feet, leaving perhaps an hour’s climb to the ridge between the two peaks of Carstensz. ‘To have the prize withheld when it was within our grasp was almost more than Christian patience could bear… If we had gone a few hundred feet higher, what might we have seen beyond? Further and further ridges?’

The answer would be found ‘by the happy person who first reaches the watershed and looks over to the other side.’ Crushed, mortified, they stumbled back to the camp: ‘Our food was at an end, the men wretched with cold. Fires won’t burn properly because of damp wood, rice won’t cook properly because of the low boiling-point. Stomachs are out of order as well as spirits.’ In the following days, on the long retreat down the Utakwa valley, Sandy’s disappointment was mitigated a little by looking back and seeing Carstensz always in cloud. Nobody up there would have had a view.  


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS: XIII DESCRIPTIONS OF A THERMOMETRICAL BAROMETER FOR MEASURING ALTITUDES Wollaston 1833 Near Fine
By: Wollaston, Rev. Francis John Hyde
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $79.96 (80%)
- Item # OP7942-110
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ZEN EXPLORATIONS IN REMOTEST NEW GUINEA [Carstenz] Neville Shulman 1998 Paperback Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Shulman, Neville
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $14.95, You Save $9.96 (67%)
- Item # BK5865-6142
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NAWOK! THE NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITION TO NEW GUINEA'S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS Philip Temple 1962 1st ed DJ Ex Lib or Book Club Ed Good-Very Good Multiple Copies Available
By: Temple, Philip
Price $10.00
- Item # OP242D-1626
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BEYOND EVEREST: QUEST FOR THE SUMMIT OF DREAMS Patrick Morrow 1986 1st ed Softcover Fine [Not Signed] 3 Copies Available
By: Morrow, Patrick
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $25.01 (71%)
- Item # OP350B-9623
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NAAR DE EEUWIGE SNEEUW VAN TROPISCH NEDERLAND A.H. Colijn 1937 6th ed Hardcover Fine
By: Colijn, Dr. A.H.
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $29.96 (60%)
- Item # OP450C-103
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BLIND CORNERS: ADVENTURES ON SEVEN CONTINENTS Geoff Tabin 1993 Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available
By: Tabin, Geoff
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # BK1514B-95716
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BEYOND EVEREST: QUEST FOR THE SUMMIT OF DREAMS 1986 1st ed Softcover Near Fine INSCRIBED by Pat Morrow
By: Morrow, Patrick
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $65.00, You Save $30.00 (46%)
- Item # OP350C-104
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEW! THE HUNT FOR MOUNT EVEREST Craig Storti 2021 1st ed Hardcover New
By: Storti, Craig
Price $29.95
- Item # BK4614-953
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ACCIDENTS IN NORTH AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING 2003 Multiple copies available
By: American Alpine Club 2003 Accidents
Price $4.00 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $6.00 (60%)
- Item # ANAM2003-23322
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SUMMITS AND ICEFIELDS: ALPINE SKI TOURS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Chic Scott 2003 New Softcover 2 Copies Available
By: Scott, Chic
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $29.95, You Save $19.96 (67%)
- Item # GB6037-9512
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


GOING IT ALONE [WORLD TRADE CENTER CLIMB] George Willig 1979 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Willig, George
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.01 (50%)
- Item # OP1629-959
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET Colin Thubron 2012 Softcover Near Fine
By: Thubron, Colin
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $15.95, You Save $10.95 (69%)
- Item # BK7813-108
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINIST MAGAZINE ISSUE 55 Autumn 2016
By: ALPINIST MAGAZINE Issue 55
Price $15.00 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $20.00 (57%)
- Item # JR203-891-55
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DER SKIFAHRER: SKI-TURNEN UND FAHRTECHNIK [THE SKIER: SKI GYMNASTICS AND DRIVING TECHNIQUE] Adolf Zarn and Peter Barblan 1922 3rd ed Hardcover Very Good
By: Zarn, Adolf and Peter Barblan
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $79.96 (80%)
- Item # OP7009-172
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DWIE KANGCZENDZONGI [TWO KANGCHENJUNGAS] Jozef Nyka, Marek Malatynski, etc. Softcover Near Fine
By: Nyka, Jozef, Marek Malatynski, and others
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $5.01 (50%)
- Item # OP5294-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
UNIQUE GHOST TOWNS (Colorado) Caroline Bancroft 1961 Softcover Very Good
By: Bancroft, Caroline and Daniel K. Peterson (Maps and Photos)
Price $15.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $5.00 (25%)
- Item # OP7825-107
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SANDIA ROCK [New Mexico] Mick Schein 2003 1st ed Paperback New
By: Schein, Mick
Price $3.99
- Item # GB1226-895
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIMALAYAS Nigel Nicolson and Time Life Books 1978 4th prtg 1979 5th prtg Hardcover Fine
By: Nicolson, Nigel and Time Life Books
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $15.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1110-179
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINE CLIMBING John Barry 1988 1st UK ed Hardcover Chipped DJ Very Good
By: Barry, John
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $31.01 (78%)
- Item # OP3194-388
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DOCTOR ON EVEREST: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE 1996 EVEREST TRAGEDY Kenneth Kamler 2000 Uncorrected Proof Softcover Fine
By: Kamler, Kenneth
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $14.95, You Save $9.96 (67%)
- Item # BK758A-953
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart