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Straight Up

Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected

Paperback (168pp)
  • Paperback £12.99
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Born in the foothills close to the Himalaya Steve Berry had from an early age an urge to become a traveller, an adventurer, an explorer, and until the age of thirty-eight years he tried hard to satisfy two opposing forces. Half of him wanted to find a satisfactory career path while the other half wanted to be free and specifically explore the Himalaya. In the end he found a compromise to satisfy both needs. In 1987 with his climbing friend Steve Bell he founded Himalayan Kingdoms, a travel company specialising in trekking and expedition holidays.

This book is a collection of stories from his early expeditions to the Himalaya prior to 1987. There are tales of encounters with bears, escapes from avalanches, summit successes and failures, love stories, mystical connections, Himalayan storms, near death accidents, raw travel across the Indian sub continent, and grapples with bureaucracy.

It is told warts and all. It starts with tales of youthful naivety in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, progresses to what Steve describes as his best ever adventure, the first British ascent of Nun, 7,135 metres/23,410 feet, in Kashmir, and finishes with the truth of what happened on the failed attempt to climb Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkar Punsum, 7550 metres/24,770 feet.

Of Straight Up Steve says, ‘I just really wanted people to enjoy reading of our adventures the way they were.’

Available as an ebook:

Kindle (Amazon U.K. site)
Kindle (Amazon U.S site)


Steve Berry has always had a peculiar fascination for the Himalaya. He grew up with his father’s stories of India, and was beguiled by black and white photos from his dad’s expedition to the Nun Kun massif in Kashmir. From an early age the ambition to explore in the greatest mountain range on earth grew and grew. He has taken part in nine mountaineering adventures to the Himalaya and has now completed some sixty treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and various other parts of the Himalaya. He is author of one previous book: The Thunder Dragon Kingdom, published by Crowood Press (ISBN: 1852231467). He is a life member of the Himalayan Club, and has memberships of the Alpine Club and the Climbers Club.

He is married with two daughters. His wife puts up with him by degrees for which he is immensely grateful

  • Title: Straight Up
  • Sub-title: Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected
  • Author: Steve Berry
  • Imprint: Himalayan Kingdoms
  • ISBN: 978-1-906148-47-8
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 15 April 2012
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 168 pages, black and white with 24-page colour plates
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 300g
  • Retail price: £12.99

Also available as an ebook.

‘An excellent book which opened my eyes to a world of which I have very little knowledge. By turns amusing, emotional and even stress inducing, I am extremely glad I read it. Steve, please write more!’
– Amazon reviewer

'Steve Berry's book about his early expeditions to the Himalaya makes good reading. In an era of celebrity and mass commercial ascents of the main peaks, it's refreshing to be reminded that there were, and probably still are, smaller expeditions with a closer, more intimate relationship with the mountains and their people. Expeditions are characterised as much by hassle, failure, illness, injury and fallings-out just as much as they are by achievement, elation and deep, lasting personal friendships: Steve covers them all. I could niggle about about sentence construction but this is a minor complaint against what is a deeply felt set of reminiscences about people sharing a love for an activity that makes the heart sing.'
– Amazon reviewer

'The book contains emotional turmoil mountain environments cause but it's not pretentious, just full of love and beauty and masking underlying bravery. Full of practical experiences secretly everybody would like to know but would not admit due to our too polite, tight lipped, politically correct culture made it a gutsy read.'
– Amazon reviewer

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