The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la #2020

The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la By Todd Balf The Last River The Tragic Race for Shangri la The Last River The Tragic Race for Shangri la is a breathtaking account of the ill fated October expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tib
  • Title: The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la
  • Author: Todd Balf
  • ISBN: 9780609808016
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la By Todd Balf The Last River The Tragic Race for Shangri la is a breathtaking account of the ill fated October 1998 expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, known in paddling circles as the Everest of rivers For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leadeThe Last River The Tragic Race for Shangri la is a breathtaking account of the ill fated October 1998 expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, known in paddling circles as the Everest of rivers For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leaders, the Tsangpo adventure was the culmination of a twenty five year quest for glory Yet the team s magnificent dreams crumbled when their ace paddler was swept over a thunderous eight foot waterfall, never to be seen again.Here is a fascinating exploration of both the seething big water and perilous terrain of the legendary Shangri la, and the men who dared challenge the furious rapids that raced through this 140 mile long canyon The Last River invites us to view the Himalayas from a totally new perspective on a historic river so remote that only the most hardy and romantic souls attempt to unlock its mysteries.
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    1. These kind of wilderness extreme sport survival tales of death and striving slightly baffle me I dip my toe into the genre every once in a while, as one pops up on one of my lists, but I have to confess that I don t get the urge throw yourself into harm s way again and again I m not one to advocate for comfort and no challenge in life, but I m pretty sure I don t need that kind of challenge Isn t life hard enough already Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in [...]


    2. Tragedy and death on the Everest of Rivers Before the turn of the millennium, Tibet s Yarlung Tsangpo river was one of planet Earth s last great unexplored places The river, some 1,800 miles long, snakes through the deepest canyon in the world a chasm three times deeper than that of the American Grand Canyon it s roaring ribbon of white water unnavigated by modern explorers Todd Balf s The Last River traces a 1988 American kayaking expedition that sought to be the first to traverse the Tsangpo s [...]


    3. Very interesting insight to the mindset and skill level of leading edge athletes In this case, kayakers down the Everest of rivers, the Yarlung Tsangpo through the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet Wick Walker, Tom and Jamie McEwan, Doug Gordon dies Roger Zobel Trip in 1998 Much maligned as being too extreme, the book makes a solid argument for these guys taking calculated risks and knowing what they were doing.


    4. Great book involving whitewater kayaking which is why I read it It does a decent job of using correct terminology that kayakers actually do use Running rivers like this has become even prevalent in recent years with the advances in technology and transportation There s I want to say but I ll avoid spoilers A good adventure story that s definitely worth a read, even if you re not a kayaker


    5. A must read for any paddler or outdoor adventurer There s a bias that comes through that I m told has been characterized as unfair by at least one of the subjects, but the uniqueness of the trip, tragedy, and fluidity of the writing make this well worth the read.



    6. Todd Balf chronicles a team of kayakers as they embark on an incredible journey to paddle the dangerous whitewater of the remote Yarlung Tsangpo River as it carves out one of the deepest gorges through Tibet while flowing away from the Himalayas Despite record high level waters which made running the river exponentially difficult and dangerous, the team decides to boat what they can and portage the rest Early on, team member Doug Gordon inexplicably takes a dangerous line over a waterfall, fail [...]


    7. I honestly thought this book would completely grip me and keep me reading until all hours of the night, but it was a little dry or sterile The author s voice never really surfaced, but I can only assume he was trying to avoid judgment of the controversial attempt at a first descent on the Tsangpo In turn, a really gripping story was kinda muted I have read whitewater stories that made me feel like I was right out there on the waterholding my breath during swims, struggling to make my move, and e [...]


    8. In the first east south east of Tibet the mighty river Tsangpo Brahamaputra enters the treacherous gorges as it enters the Indian tropical jungle The mighty river cuts one of the deepest and longest canyons in the world, separated from the outer world by high snow clad mountain ranges of Easter Himalaya and tropical to alpine forests The place always attracted travelers and adventurers and considered as the last romance of geography.The book puts a gripping narrative of the 1996 ill fated Nation [...]


    9. Fantastic book about people rather than just tragedy I felt their desire for the fulfillment of a dream and truly identified Interesting book structure, describing each of the team members in turn and at appropriate moments in the timeline I don t know these men, will never meet them, and as I am not a kayaker, will never experience the same desire for conquering or even momentarily co exiting with river water But as a climber, I feel a similar desire for the Earth This book tugged at my soul an [...]


    10. A good, but not great read The book describes a trip to the last river Tsangpo River Gorge in Tibet Four begin the trip, but one does not come back And you know this from the first page so the book is mostly just waiting to see who dies and how The parallels to Into Thin Air are obvious made worse by the author continually referring to Everest , but it s not nearly as well written or as gripping Still it s an interesting read and gives good insight into the world of big river bad ass paddlers.


    11. I love man vs nature yarns and stories of attempts at great feats This was a fascinating one in the genre of Perfect Storm, or Fire, or Isaaac s Storm, or Into the Great Unknown, or Into Thin Air Balf does a great job of expanding upon what is a pretty simple core story Where I thought the book really shone was in the descriptions of the personalities, their histories, and thought processes Would highly recommend this not as well known book for anyone who loves these types of stories.


    12. It took me forever to read this book It was very factual, and utterly boring I believe the author was trying to give the real story, not the one touted by the media Sadly, athlete s deaths are often exaggerated to make it sound like they were doing something too risky, when once in a while everything just goes wrong So I give the author kudos for that The writing was not engaging or colorful in the least However, the subject matter was interesting.


    13. The back of the book compared this to Into Thin Air I only half agree It was good read, semi interesting, and definitely informative especially if you don t know a lot about whitewater rafting But I had a hard time wanting to finish it Maybe that s because the back of the book contained a spoiler that affected the momentum of the book It s an alright read, if you can t find anything else to read.


    14. Good book on an interesting event Lots of background information on the location and the participants It was easy for me to guess who eventually ended up dying even though I hadn t known ahead of time The actual adventure itself took up a small amount of the book In the end I felt really disappointed with National Geographic


    15. Reads like an overly long feature article for Outside magazine Prose is florid and overwrought, like the writing of a talented high school boy But the stry is good Drags in places hence the overly long designation and could definitely have benefited from maps and some photos So in short, I say again, should have just stuck with the magazine article version But a compelling tale.


    16. This is a tragic, fascinating account of one team s experience exploring a remote and savage river A really interesting story that makes you think about the dangers and drawbacks of financing adventures When the National Geographic Society became a for profit foundation, some say it sacrificed some of the integrity that it accumulated after years as a venerable non profit institution.


    17. Perfectly acceptable specimen of the adventure disaster genre As with most, it s heavily based on background of all of the participants with the actual events and disaster taking only a few pages to relate Still, it s well researched and competently written It s not just for whitewater fans it s about exploration of remote places and extreme endurance athletics than the river work itself.


    18. quick read, not super well written, not a lot of pages devoted to the time on the river, most of them character background seems like a decent intro book to expedition paddling, i don t paddle or raft


    19. A great story, but a slower read Some parts are excellent, others drag a bit the end brings up some very interesting points, though, about life and the decisions we all make in this case by extreme sport atheletes.


    20. An interesting read and learned a lot about kayaking as a sport and exploration of new rivers The author does well to provide a thorough account of the mission and provides all sides of the debate that followed I thought the author did well to remain relatively neutral.


    21. Read it a while back Don t remember much about it it was OK as far as I remember A group of kayakers wanted to kayak the upper reaches of an unexplored river that originates in the Himalayas Tragedy strikes on I believe the first day of kayaking.


    22. A good read on how difficult an expedition kayak trip can be This trip in what was to be a first descent the Tsangpo River in Tibet turned deadly for one paddler It does remind me that safety issues are not to be overlooked in any outdoor adventure.


    23. This is not a compelling read unless you like paddling sports, it s of a documentary The technical and cultural aspects of their trip was very interesting When you re paddling remember, we re just inbetween swims.




    24. I ll stick to inland lakes and class three rafting This is an incredible adventure story and a lesson on the value of knowing our own limits.



    25. A little slow on the page turning here The author could have left about half of the setup out comprising of a couple hundred pages and left the adventure section as a long magazine article.



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