Tibet's Secret Mountain
The Triumph of Sepu Kangri
- ISBN: 978-1-912560-77-6
- Chris Bonington and Charles Clarke
- Publication date
- 21 May 2020
For Chris Bonington and Charles Clarke, long-time friends and expedition partners, few mountains were more alluring than Sepu Kangri. Known locally as ‘the Great White Snow God’, Tibet’s nearly 7,000-metre mountain had never before been visited by Westerners. Armed only with a tourist map for reference, the two set off for this elusive peak in 1996.
In the reconnaissance and two expeditions that followed, neither of them were expecting to be profoundly impacted by their experiences. However, they not only met their match in Sepu Kangri, but both found their expertise pushed to the limit. While Clarke acted as a travelling doctor, treating myriad ailments encountered along the way, including a life-saving diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy, Bonington’s love of technology saw him testing out cutting-edge satellite phones and computers, allowing them to communicate with the outside world for the first time on an expedition.
Tibet’s Secret Mountain is a story of discovery as much as it is an account of the expeditions, and it is this that sets it apart from other mountaineering memoirs. The focus not only on the climbing itself, but the experiences, people and tensions that accompany it, offers a poignancy that anyone with a love of adventure will identify with. Beautifully written and full of unfailing cheer, Tibet’s Secret Mountain is Bonington and Clarke’s love letter to mountaineering.
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Born in 1934, Chris Bonington – mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer – started climbing at the age of sixteen in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the north face of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the expedition that made the first ascent of the south-west face of Everest in 1975, when Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit, and he reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He has written seventeen books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for eight years, and is the non-executive chairman of Berghaus and a chancellor of Lancaster University.
Charles Clarke is a general consultant neurologist with a special interest in high-altitude medicine, and has been in consultant practice since 1979. Aside from his achievements in medicine, which include producing Neurology: A Queen Square Textbook and holding the position of Clinical Director of Neurosciences at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, he is also an experienced mountaineer. Having climbed extensively in the Himalaya and been expedition doctor on Chris Bonington’s ascents of the south-west face of Everest in 1975 and the north-east ridge in 1982, he went on to act as President of the British Mountaineering Council from 2006 to 2009. He is a former chair of the Mount Everest Foundation. His experiences have culminated in two memoirs, co-written with Chris Bonington – Tibet’s Secret Mountain and Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge.
- Title: Tibet's Secret Mountain
- Subtitle: The Triumph of Sepu Kangri
- Author: Chris Bonington and Charles Clarke
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-912560-77-6
- Rights: World
- Publication date: 21 May 2020
- Edition: New
- Size: 254mm x 156mm
- Extent: 318 pages
- Cover: Paperback
- Weight: 300g
- Retail price: £12.99
Also available as an ebook:
- Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
- ISBN: 978-1-912560-16-5
- Publication Date: 21 May 2020
- Price: £4.99