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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it

One day in the mid 1950s Eric Newby decided to leave his career in London's fashion industry in order to undertake a mountaineering expedition in the Hindu Kush (Afghanistan). Never mind that he and his travel companion had never summited a mountain and had no experience with mountaineering equipment. He and a friend took off, driving across Europe, through Turkey, to Kabul where they set off on foot to climb Mir Samir and journey through Nuristan. The result is an unorthodox, entertaining travelogue full of English wit. Meeting up with the famed explorer Wilfred Thesiger toward the end of the journey provided a fun end to the book.

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