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When Sydney Wignall set off on an "illegal" climbing expedition to
the Himalayas in the 1950s he little thought that he would become
involved in an extraordinary, life-threatening adventure which would
involve both Indian and Chinese governments at the highest level.
Betrayed by one of the many spies operating on the frontier, his
group was captured, interned in appalling conditions, and interrogated.
Only when international pressure grew, his group was released to walk
through Nepal back to India. But the Chinese had no intention that they
should get back alive. Abandoned at the foot of one of the highest
passes in the Himalayas, a pass never before climbed in winter,
starving, exhausted and physically broken, their journey back in
atrocious conditions has become one of mountaineering's great epics.
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"There is, through the narrative, plenty of humour and old world charm...Read it and be stirred. That doesn't happen too often." (Mail on Sunday)
"an amazing story of an epic adventure" (Yorkshire Post)
... all the ingredients of a gripping spy story: a spectacular setting;
... a hero who frustrates his captors; ... an intrepid final dash for
A compelling tale of human endurance, both physical and mental, against
the worst that either nature or mankind could throw at them
In 1955, Sydney Wignall organized the Welsh Himalayan expedition to climb Tibet's highest mountain, Gurla Mandhata. But Wignall and two of his companions were more than just mountaineers; before setting out, Wignall had been recruited by a covert faction within Indian intelligence to report on Chinese military operations in newly invaded Tibet.Wignall and his band of unlikely spies were soon captured and imprisoned by the Red Army, thus beginning an ordeal that would draw on their last reserves of physical and emotional strength. Subjected to rat-infested, subfreezing cells and months of torturous interrogation, Wignall and his colleagues refused to allow their spirits to be broken.Ultimately, international pressure convinced the Chinese to release the three spies. But instead of being flown safely home, they were ordered to return via the Seti Gorge in the middle of winter, a deadly Himalayan pass considered suicidal even in summer. Their bodies wracked with frostbite and dysentery, their final trek to freedom is an amazing testament to their will to survive. (6 X 9, 304 pages, b&w photos, maps)
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