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Highpointers Foundation Silent Auction

A fundraising event to benefit the Highpointers Foundation




What:

Heinrich Harrer –
Seven Years In Tibet

This is a true 1954 1st edition of Harrer’s masterpiece. Heinrich Harrer passed away in 2006 at age 96, which makes this book much more valuable. 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:
September 28, 2016 ->
4:00 PM MST
January 31, 2017

How:
Incremental bids must be at least $20 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 four from the first Eiger Nordwand climb in 1938. After this climb, Harrer joined a 1939 expedition to Nanga Parbat, but was arrested by the British in Pakistan when 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 Eight 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

Ended at 4:00 PM MST January 31, 2017

Bidder

Bid time and Date

Bid Amount

 

Dennis Gregory - WINNING BID!!

01:10 January 24, 2017

$400

 

Adrian Crane

03:55 January 23, 2017

$370

 

Jim Glaze

22:51 January 17, 2017

$350

 

Robert Kay

18:35 January 17, 2017

$320

 

John Albright

21:36 January 16, 2017

$300

 

Dennis Gregory

01:16 September 29,2016

$250

 

Starting Bid

 

$250

 

Our thanks to Michael Chessler for this rare book!



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