The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la

Todd Balf


The final River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la is a wide ranging account of the ill-fated October 1998 day trip of an American whitewater kayaking workforce who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, identified in paddling circles because the "Everest of rivers." For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, severe whitewater pioneers, top associates, and journey leaders, the Tsangpo event used to be the fruits of a twenty-five-year quest for glory. but the team's excellent goals crumbled while their ace paddler was once swept over a thunderous eight-foot waterfall, by no means to be obvious again.

Here is an engaging exploration of either the seething gigantic water and threatening terrain of the mythical Shangri-la, and the lads who dared problem the livid rapids that raced via this 140-mile-long canyon. The final River invitations us to view the Himalayas from a unconditionally new viewpoint -- on a historical river so distant that purely the main hardy and romantic souls try to release its mysteries.

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