Nanda Devi

Roskelley, John

"American mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, upon seeing 25,645-foot Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalayas in 1949, vowed to name his first daughter after the mountain. Twenty-seven years later he returned as co-leader of an expedition organized by his daughter to climb the peak. Nanda Devi died on her namesake mountain during the expedition. It took team member and lead climber Roskelley ten years to tell the story of this expedition, and it is a very emotional and moving one. Not only is it an account of the tragedy, but it is also a tale of the day-to-day toil of high altitude mountaineering, of the physical suffering and the mental strain of moving eleven climbers, dozens of porters, two government liaisons, and tons of food and equipment up a difficult route in a foreign land."