Scheduled on Sep 28, 2011
Nick and Betsy Clinch tell a tale of the Littledales' 19th Century Explorations in Central Asia
Nick Clinch and Betsy Clinch discuss and present a slideshow on their new book: Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia. In the 19th century, Teresa and George Littledale were known as the greatest English explorers of their day. Yet, because they never published their own account of their journeys, for more than a century their story has remained largely forgotten. Now, the authors, having discovered the Littledales diaries and letters, have for the first time pieced together their remarkable, adventurous, and courageous lives.
Nick Clinch led the two highest first ascents made by Americans, Gasherbrum I (26,470 feet) and Masherbrum (25,660 feet) and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the highest peaks in Antarctica in 1966. He is an honorary member of numerous mountaineering organizations, and author of A Walk in the Sky: Climbing Hidden Peak. Nick spent several years as Executive Director of the Sierra Club Foundation as well as President of the American Alpine Club.
Betsy Clinch worked for many years as an editorial researcher for National Geographic. She has personally travelled to Central Asia twice, first on a mountaineering expedition to northern Pakistan (1974) and later to Chinese Central Asia (1996). While in Kashgar she visited Chini Bagh, where the Littledales stayed during two expeditions. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.