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Steve's new book STRAiGHT UP is on sale for £12.99 including post and packing
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Steve Berry has always had a peculiar fascination for the Himalaya. He grew up with his father's stories of India, and was beguiled by black and white photos from his dad’s expedition to the Nun Kun massif in Kashmir. From an early age the ambition to explore in the greatest mountain range on earth grew and grew. He has taken part in nine mountaineering adventures to the Himalaya and has now completed some 60 treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and various other parts of the Himalaya.
He is author of one previous book The Thunder Dragon Kingdom published by Crowood Press (ISBN: 1852231467). He is a life member of the Himalayan Club, and has memberships of the Alpine Club and the Climbers Club. He is married with two daughters. His wife puts up with him by degrees for which he is immensely grateful.
This book is a collection of stories from his early expeditions to the Himalaya prior to 1987. There are tales of encounters with bears, escapes from avalanches, summit successes and failures, love stories, mystical connections, Himalayan storms, near death accidents, raw travel across the Indian sub continent and grapples with bureaucracy.
It is told warts and all. It starts with tales of youthful naivety in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, progresses to what Steve describes as his best ever adventure, the first British ascent of Nun, 7,135m/23,410ft, in Kashmir, and finishes with the truth of what happened on the failed attempt to climb Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkar Punsum, 7550m/24,770ft.
Of Straight Up Steve says:
I just really wanted people to enjoy reading of our adventures the way they were
The Thunder Dragon Kingdom
The Thunder Dragon Kingdom is Steven Berry’s first book, an account of an epic mountaineering expedition to Gangkar Punsum, and a celebration of the mysterious Shangri-La kingdom of Bhutan, its history and its Buddhist culture, and above all, of its people.
Gangkar Punsum, at 24,770ft, is the highest peak in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. In autumn 1986 Steven Berry — at thirty-seven already a veteran of the Himalaya — led an international team of climbers, plus support trekkers, to tackle the unconquered peak. Two years of laborious preparations had led up to the attempt to get the climbers on the mountain in the limited weather window between the end of the monsoons and the onset of winter. Arrival in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, far from marking the start of the hassle, was to face Berry with the threat of immediate tragedy. The frustrations, set-backs and near-disasters with which all such enterprises are fraught continued through the walk-in and up to the mountain herself; and the climbing was to bring moments of utter physical exhaustion and sheer terror as well as of satisfaction and almost mystical aesthetic joy.