Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope

Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope on Amazon

To see the great­ness of a moun­tain, one must keep one’s dis­tance. To under­stand its form, one must move around it. To expe­ri­ence the moods, one must see it at sun­rise and sun­set, at noon and at mid­night, in sun and in rain, in snow and in storm, in sum­mer and in win­ter and in all oth­er sea­sons. He who can see the moun­tain like this comes near to the life of the moun­tain, a life that is as intense and var­ied as that of a human being.

Words from Lama Govin­da, a 20th cen­tu­ry holy man, quot­ed by Richard Blum, one of the three edi­tors of Nation­al Geographic’s book, “Himalaya: Per­son­al Sto­ries of Grandeur, Chal­lenge, and Hope”.

Some say the book is worth buy­ing for the pho­tographs alone (more than a 100 from some of the most accom­plished pho­tog­ra­phers in the world). But the 40 short essays accom­pa­ny­ing them are what gives this book its real mean­ing.

Forbes says:

What the col­lec­tion of writ­ings in Himalaya does is take those expe­ri­ences among the tallest moun­tains of the world and bring them back to where they most touch peo­ple that spend time in the Himalaya, which is in your heart.”

Con­rad Anker, one of the world’s most tal­ent­ed climbers, writes in his Himalaya essay, the moun­tains he had gone out to first ascend in Nepal and Tibet, had fad­ed into the shad­ows next to the peo­ple that lived there. “The moun­tains have taught me humil­i­ty, but the peo­ple who live in the shad­ows of these moun­tains have taught me accep­tance, respect and kind­ness.

The words of the world’s fore­most wildlife biol­o­gist, George Schaller, in a voice light on sci­ence and strong on feel­ing: “Stand­ing at this con­ver­gence of snow and sky, I lift my face and feel afloat like a pass­ing cloud. Spir­its soar in such infi­nite space, one feels euphor­ic in the cold clar­i­ty of the peaks, and the silence speaks to the soul.

Himalaya approach­es this from so many dif­fer­ent direc­tions, from the Tibetan monks who live in the high monas­ter­ies, to Jim­my Carter on a trek, to climbers scal­ing the heights. Yet a con­sis­tent theme runs through each essay, and if we approach this book as we approach the Himalayas, look­ing for it to give us some­thing, ulti­mate­ly we come away with a greater sense of self and what we too could achieve.”

Some more infor­ma­tion on the book, with a full list of con­trib­u­tors, is here. You can get it from Ama­zon or direct­ly from Nation­al Geo­graph­ic.

Sounds like a great addi­tion to my library…:-)

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