The traveler: an American odyssey in the Himalayas
This loving memorial to Swift is a moving photographic portrait of Himalayan life, a testimonial to a generation of trekkers and the questing spirit that motivated them. Hansen offers a sage perspective on Swift's adventuring career, placing it in the globe-shrinking change of the last 20 years. 56 color photos.
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Hugh Swift, whom I had only met once before, arrived on the gangway dressed in
the garb of a Pakistani hill tribesman: a Ghitrali wool capon his head, a long-
sleeved, knee length shirt known as kameez, and a pair of shahvar — the low- ...
He had already walked 3,000 miles from Bhutan to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan,
authored a guidebook to the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, and Hugh Swift
with Pakistani deck hand, 1983. Photo by Ben Ailes. ABOVE The way to Humla.
Traveling vicariously with Hugh through the slides spread before me on the light
table, I was struck enormously by the jagged landscapes of northern Pakistan
and Zanskar and the austerity of the Chiangtang plateau of Tibet. It would be
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Traveler Hansen ( Motoring with Mohammed , LJ 2/1/91) here pays tribute to another traveler, the late Hugh Swift. Swift is considered one of the great Himalayan trekkers, having covered an estimated ... Read full review