Friday, March 28, 2008

#9 - Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River is the true story of a group of some of the best kayakers in the world gathered together to become the first people to successfully descend the mighty Tsangpo. Sadly this book falls very flat and fails in just about every regard. The author was basically an unwanted addition to the team and the entire book only succeeds in descending into his complaints and grousing as well as an inordinate amount of detail on labor disputes and uprisings amongst the Sherpas and porters. There is some good historical data and insight into Tibetan life but it is almost devoid of actual action and proper coverage of the kayaking. A bit of technical jargon, maybe two sentences, and a lot of eddy talk describes just about every section dealing with the descent. Boring. Not Recommended.

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