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The Last River by Todd Balf
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Aug 26, 08

bookshelves: outdoorstuff, travel
Recommended for: people who like outdoor books
Read in August, 2008

A good, but not great read. The book describes a trip to the "last river"--Tsangpo River Gorge in Tibet. Four begin the trip, but one does not come back. And you know this from the first page--so--the book is mostly just waiting to see who dies and how.

The parallels to Into Thin Air are obvious (made worse by the author continually referring to Everest), but it's not nearly as well written or as gripping. Still--it's an interesting read and gives good insight into the world of big river bad-ass paddlers.
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