From Library Journal
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. (Photos not seen.) Recommended. Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In 1976, John Roskelley joined an expedition to climb Nanda Devi, the third highest mountain in the Indian Himalayas. This is the story of that ascent, led by top mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, whose young, inexperienced daughter, named for the peak, perished there. It is the story also of Ad Carter, part of the team that first summited Nanda Devi forty years earlier; and of Lou Reichert and Jim States, two of the three members to actually reach the summit. But mostly this book is about Roskelley himself, who led the summit party of three and who outspokenly criticized an expedition that allowed unqualified climbers to participate in the technically difficult ascent.
Originally published in 1987, Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition established Roskelley's reputation for being not only a forthright and uncompromising climbing critic, but also a wise and authoritative mountaineer dedicated to grueling preparedness.