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HIMALAYAN PLAYGROUND Braham 2008
By Braham, Trevor
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2008. During the twilight years of the British Raj in India, Trevor Braham attended boarding school in Darjeeling within sight of the magnificent spectacle of Kangchenjunga and its surrounding peaks. This youthful exposure led later to half-a-lifetime of adventures and activities in the Himalayas between 1942 and 1972; the ‘golden age’ of Himalayan exploration of the world’s highest mountains. Himalayan Playground is a final memoir of a period of mountain exploration that will never be seen again and homage to a time when mountaineers regarded these ranges as something more than mere targets to be ticked off on a list of things to do. New Paperback.
 
After early trips to Sikkim he joined the Himalayan Club marking a threshold of half-a-lifetime of adventures and activities in the mountain ranges spread across the northern regions of the Indian sub-continent, from Sikkim in the South-east to Chitral in the Northwest in an environment very different from the present day. His halcyon years extended from 1942 to 1972, part of the earlier period corresponding with the Himalayan Golden Age in the 1960’s when an international frenzy developed for climbing the world's highest mountains. In between he enjoyed summer climbing in the Swiss Alps, joining the Alpine Club and the Swiss Alpine Club.

As one of the Himalayan Club's earliest members, he was invited to give the opening address at its 80th anniversary celebrations held in Mumbai in February 2008.

Trevor Braham's final work on his life and times in the Himalayas is an insight into the Golden Age of Himalayan exploration when he spent all of his free time until he married on numerous expeditions into the world's greatest mountain range. This is a telling insight into a time when mountains were not subjected to the all-out onslaught of tourist climbers ticking off the peaks as they went, leaving a landscape littered with waste.

These are the recollections of a bygone era in mountaineering, never to return.

Since his first life-changing Himalayan journey 50 years ago, Trevor Braham has been a prominent figure in the world of Himalyan and Alpine mountaineering. He wrote Himalayan Odyssey and is a former editor of the Himalayan Journal and Chronique Himalayenne.


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