March 20, 2005 |
Michael Palin may be best known for his roles in "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and the highly irreverent film "Life of Brian," but it is through his travels that many of us feel a common bond. In 1988, he undertook a globe-circling trip for the BBC that became the book "Around the World in 80 Days." "Highlights for me included the passage through the Corinth canal, the week on the dhow, my first visit to China and a stunningly beautiful rail crossing of America," he wrote.
April 9, 2000 |
A barefoot holy man stood imperiously in the middle of the road just as our four-wheel-drive reached the last ridge overlooking the Sutlej River. Dilarum Sharma, our driver, pulled over, and the holy man gave his blessing, pressed red paste (signifying awareness) to Sharma's forehead and offered him a few kernels of sweet, popcorn-like prasad, a blessed offering. "Siva insurance," Sharma explained, referring to the Hindu god of destruction and creation. "Don't be worrying," he continued.
October 7, 1989 |
An avalanche swept down Mt. Pumori in the Himalayas and killed four climbers.
August 2, 1986 |
A bus fell into a ditch Friday near the holy town of Badrinath in the Himalayas, killing at least 30 Hindu pilgrims and seriously injuring 12 others, the United News of India said. It said the driver lost control of the bus on a curve on the hilly road about 190 miles northeast of New Delhi.
April 29, 1986 |
An eight-member, American-led team trying to scale the 26,906-foot Cho Oyu peak in the Himalayas has pitched its second bivouac camp, the Ministry of Tourism said Monday. It said the camp was established at 20,800 feet on April 20, only three days after the party, which includes a British climber, set up its first camp at 19,420 feet. The climbers hope to reach the summit in May. Led by attorney James Frush, 34, of Trinidad, Colo., the team is preparing for a 1988 climb of Mt.
February 10, 2001
Re "You Call That Surviving?" (by John Rabe, Jan. 27): The most astounding story of man against the elements I have ever heard of is told in the book "The Long Walk," by Slavomir Rawicz. Rawicz and a small group of fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in 1941, then walked out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and over the Himalayas to British India. They faced extremes of cold, heat, hunger and thirst, and several died along the way--all because they wanted to be free.