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Highpointers Foundation Silent Auction

A fundraising event to benefit the Highpointers Foundation




What:

Heinrich Harrer –
Seven Years In Tibet

True 1954 1st edition. This is Harrer’s masterpiece. After a 1939 attempt on Nanga Parbat, he was imprisoned by the British and escaped. With Peter Aufschnaiter he made it to Lhasa, where incredibly he became friend and tutor to the current Dalai Lama who was then a teenager. A great book about independent Tibet, and it’s being swallowed into China. Harrer was a German interned in British India from the beginning of World War II. Finally in 1943 he escaped from that internment and, following a lengthy travel across ‘the roof of the world’ he wound up in Lhasa penniless and in rags. Met with kindness in Lhasa, he was not expelled back to India. Instead he was allowed to stay in Tibet, to work for the government (he spoke passable Tibetan by this time) and to tutor the young Dalai Lama. When the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet in 1950 Harrer was forced to part from this lonely, able and affectionate youth. What a story.

When:
October 31st, 2011 -
4:00 PM MDT
January 23rd, 2012

How:
Incremental bids must be at least $10 higher than the previous bid.
The high bidder on the last day wins, and has 1 week to submit payment.

Who:
Anyone can participate; you do not have to be a member of the Highpointers Club.

Where:
The books will be sent via registered mail.

Why:
All proceeds benefit the Highpointers Foundation. The amount donated is tax deductible beyond the ordinary value of the book; consult your tax professional.

Heinrich Harrer became the most famous of the original four from the Eiger climb. After the Eiger climb he joined a 1939 expedition to Nanga Parbat, but was arrested by the British in Pakistan once WWII started. His escape from the prison camp to Tibet and subsequent life with the young Dalai Lama led to his famous book, Seven Years In Tibet.

Harrer went on to become a consumate explorer and adventurer, much like Lowell Thomas, Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman, but Harrer didn’t limit his travels to mountains. His adventures included trips to remote Amazon jungle tribes, Pacific Islands, remote Himalaya, and New Guinea where he and Philip Temple made the first ascent of Carstensz Pyramid, one of the Seven Summits.

Other notable mountaineering first ascents by Heinrich Harrer were Mount Hunter & Mount Deborah in Alaska with Fred Beckey in 1954 and Ausangate (6400m) in Peru’s Cordillera Vilcanota in 1953.

 

THE AUCTION

Ends 4:00 PM MDT January 23rd, 2012

Bidder

Bid time and Date

Bid Amount

 

Joe Whittington - Winning Bid !!!

15:16 January 14th, 2012

$380

John Albright

17:37 January 2nd, 2012

$370

Troy Shaver

22:02 December 17th, 2011

$350

Kip Cassavaw

15:34 November 15th, 2011

$320

Starting Bid

 

$300

 

Our thanks to Michael Chessler for the book



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