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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Todd Balf Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la is a breathtaking account of the ill-fated October 1998 expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, known in paddling circles as the “Everest of rivers.” For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leaders, the Tsangpo adventure was the culmination of a twenty-five-year quest for glory. Yet the team’s magnificent dreams crumbled when their ace paddler was swept over a thunderous eight-foot waterfall, never to be seen again.

Here is a fascinating exploration of both the seething big water and perilous terrain of the legendary Shangri-la, and the men who dared challenge the furious rapids that raced through this 140-mile-long canyon. The Last River invites us to view the Himalayas from a totally new perspective—on a historic river so remote that only the most hardy and romantic souls attempt to unlock its mysteries.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 12/6/2013

    " A good read on how difficult an expedition kayak trip can be. This trip in what was to be a first descent the Tsangpo River in Tibet turned deadly for one paddler. It does remind me that safety issues are not to be overlooked in any outdoor adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 11/5/2013

    " White water kayaking in the Andes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eyun | 10/23/2013

    " A tragic true story of the attempted first kayak descent of the Tsangpo river in Tibet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Pepin | 10/22/2013

    " I'll stick to inland lakes and class three rafting. This is an incredible adventure story and a lesson on the value of knowing our own limits. "

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