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Hell or High Water

Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

By Peter Heller, 1959-

A grand adventure-an elite kayaking team's heroic conquest of the worlds last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River.

The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted. Its mysteries have withstood a century's worth of determined efforts to explore it's length. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried. Several have died. All have failed. Until now.

In January 2002, in the heart of the Himalayan winter, a team of seven kayakers launched a meticulously planned assault of the Gorge. The paddlers were river cowboys, superstars in the universe of extreme kayaking who hop from continent to continent ready for the next death-defying pursuit. Accompanying them was author Peter Heller. A world-class kayaker in his own right, Heller has logged countless river miles and several major first descents. He joined the Tsangpo Expedition as a member of the ground support team and official expedition journalist, and was also granted the exclusive opportunity to write the book about the descent.
Hell or High Water is that book-greatly expanded from his coverage for Outside magazine. Filled with history, white-knuckle drama, and mutiny in one of the world's most storied-and remote-locations, Hell or High Water is as riveting as any of the great epic adventures throughout history. Publication coincides with the release of a documentary about the expedition by National Geographic.

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Format: Book
Author: Heller, Peter, 1959-
Summary: It is the Everest of rivers, a maelstrom of water and rocks, gradient and flow. It is the world's last great adventure prize, remote, forbidding, and hidden from Western eyes. Long considered unrunnable, the Tsangpo River has drawn extreme kayakers since the sport was born. It's killed them too. One group did it. A mammoth, old-school adventure team led by a young, fiery river cowboy battled the white water, their Sherpa, and a Himalayan winter to log the first descent of the Tsangpo. Peter Heller, himself an accomplished kayaker, was along for the ride. In this beautifully written and exciting tale, he takes us into the water and down the cataclysmic vertical drops, painting a portrait of a grand adventure in a place that time never touched.
Title: Hell or high water : surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River / Peter Heller.
Publisher Date: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2004.
Subject: Kayaking -- China -- Tibet. Kayaking -- Brahmaputra River. Tibet (China) -- Description and travel Brahmaputra River -- Description and travel.
Isbn: 1579548725 (hardcover)
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Call Number: 797.1224 Hel
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Format: Book
Author: Heller, Peter, 1959-
Summary: It is the Everest of rivers, a maelstrom of water and rocks, gradient and flow. It is the world's last great adventure prize, remote, forbidding, and hidden from Western eyes. Long considered unrunnable, the Tsangpo River has drawn extreme kayakers since the sport was born. It's killed them too. One group did it. A mammoth, old-school adventure team led by a young, fiery river cowboy battled the white water, their Sherpa, and a Himalayan winter to log the first descent of the Tsangpo. Peter Heller, himself an accomplished kayaker, was along for the ride. In this beautifully written and exciting tale, he takes us into the water and down the cataclysmic vertical drops, painting a portrait of a grand adventure in a place that time never touched.
Title: Hell or high water : surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River / Peter Heller.
Publisher, Date: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2004.
Description: ix, 278 p. : col. maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Kayaking -- China -- Tibet.
Subjects: Kayaking -- Brahmaputra River.
Subjects: Tibet (China) -- Description and travel
Subjects: Brahmaputra River -- Description and travel.
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-278).
Contents: The assignment -- Lhasa to Pe -- The river -- Tripe to Selung Creek -- Kintup the Tailor -- Gyala to Doug's ledges -- Doug's ledges to the spur -- Pemakochung -- The Kondrasong La to Kondrasong La Falls -- Northeast Straits to Pine Camp -- The grand portage -- Gogden -- The Lower Gorge.
LCCN: 2004014410
ISBN: 1579548725 (hardcover)
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Call Number: 797.1224 Hel