Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition

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The Mountaineers Books, Sep 1, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 236 pages
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A powerful account of a famously tragic expedition.
 

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Nanda Devi: the tragic expedition

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American mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, upon seeing 25,645-foot Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalayas in 1949, vowed to name his first daughter after the mountain. Twenty-seven years later he returned as co ... Read full review

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The Lore of Nandadevi
As the Himalayan dawn sets in
The blanket of night fades away
Waking up the forest greens
With the kiss of the morning ray
Eager eyes looking to the east
Lost in the first glimpse of light
The golden Sun coloring snow peaks
With nature setting for all new flight.
While lost in panoramic views
A strange voice called from rear
Came up with wondrous news
About the Himalayas and its admirers
One such story was Willie Unsoeld's
A climber from the Swedish country
Enamored with Nandadevi peak
Named his daughter after the holy deity
As seasons change in Alpine hills
Lady Nandadevi blossomed of age
Mountain calling led to her will
Brought her to the Himalayan voyage
An ace climber Lady Nandadevi
Trekked the snow clad rocks aptly
The lady's face off with Nanda deity
Was a meeting of souls unworldly
But as atoms meet to bind together
So was the Lady and the deity
Lady Nanda fell ill for never to recover
Breathed her last in a camp at sublimity
So was written the story of Lady Nandadevi
The destined daughter of Willie Unsoeld
For all lovers of the peak of the holy deity
This is a lore belovedly told.
 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
12
Section 3
14
Section 4
27
Section 5
43
Section 6
65
Section 7
79
Section 8
84
Section 13
149
Section 14
159
Section 15
165
Section 16
173
Section 17
174
Section 18
191
Section 19
201
Section 20
218

Section 9
108
Section 10
118
Section 11
120
Section 12
133
Section 21
224
Section 22
226
Section 23
237
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About the author (2000)

John Roskelley was born in Spokane, Washington in 1948. In 1965 he asked his father's permission to sign up for the Spokane Mountaineers basic climbing course, and within months John had climbed Mounts Rainier, Shuksan, and Moran. From that point he moved headlong into the world of climbing: Some of his most notable climbs include the 1973 third ascent of the northeast ridge of Dhaulagiri; the 1976 first ascent via the northwest face of Nanda Devi; and a 1989 new route on the Northeast face of Tawoche. His climbing partners have included, among others, Jim Wickwire, Greg Child, and Jeff Lowe. Roskelley still resides in Spokane.

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