Stones of Silence: Journeys in the Himalaya
Over a period of six years, Dr. Schaller explored the awesome Himalays in order to study the fascinating but increasingly rare wild life of the area and to determine what locations would make good reserves and national parks. Just as the outside influences of the last quarter century are taking their toll of the wildlife of the region, so are they changing the culture of the people who have lived there for centuries. High adventure, introspection, observation, and discovery are a part of this story.
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At first the route passed through a gorge so narrow that the stream filled its floor , and the trail had to trace ledges , mount ice - glazed boulders , and cross the torrent on single trembling logs . Sun seldom penetrated this gloomy ...
We descend to the river and cross the small wooden bridge ; a white - breasted dipper is there , as it often is . Beyond , the trail cuts up the slope , over a crest , and along the north - facing contour of a ridge , deep in snow .
To cross the stream we must use the ice bridges . “ You first , sah , ” urges Phu - Tsering . “ You biggest . ” The logic of his suggestion is overwhelming : if the ice supports me , then the Sherpas can march across safely .
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I'd never heard of Schaller before but wanted to read it because it concern the same 1970s trip Peter Matthiessen was on when he wrote The Snow Leopard. Apparently Schaller was at the time considered ... Read full review
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