Sunday, July 24, 2011

In the Footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey To The Top Of Everest

'A story of passion, hardship and endurance' - REINHOLD MESSNER

A gripping and inspirational piece of mountaineering literature, shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker award. A book of adventure, wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. Touching My Father's Soul recounts Tenzing's son, Jamling Norgay's treacherous climb to the world's most forbidding summit. As retold in Krakauer's Into This Air, the 1996 IMAX climbing expedition collided with tragedy. As the climb unfolds so too does Norgay's inner journey. His desire to finally stand alongside his father's soul on the summit of Everest is realised, as is an understanding of his family's Sherpa history and a realisation of the power and significance of the Himalayas. Beautifully repackaged for the paperback edition, this is a classic.
Jamling Tenzing Norgay is the son of Tenzing Norgay, who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, or Jomolungma, as we call it in Tibetan. In this book he tells the story of his participation in the successful ascent of Everest in 1996. Although generally Tibetans do not attempt to scale the peaks of mountains, being content to cross the passes that characterize journeys in Tibet, Jamling Tenzing Norgay takes a very Tibetna view of the enterprise - he regards it as a pilgrimage. It is a pilgrimage on the one hand in tribute to his renowned and courageous father, but also because of traditional Tibetan sense that mountains are the abodes of divine beings.

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