And Death Walks with Them: Above Eight Thousand Metres with Pakistani Porters from Shimshal

ISBN : 9780199407385

Christiane Fladt
220 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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This book throws light on the uncelebrated lives of some of Pakistan's High-altitude Porters (HAPs), who help mountaineers climb the Pakistan-based high mountain peaks. The book primarily discusses the lives and careers of those HAPs who have summited Pakistan-based eight-thousand-metre peaks. The author has attempted to delve into their lives by digging out adventure and drama in their stories, which makes her work a significant contribution on the literature available on this topic. This book will be the first to record the names of the porters alongside those of the more wealthy climbers who hired them.


Section One: People and the Landscape of Shimshal
1.1 Shimshal: The Village
1.2 The Mountain People of Shimshal
1.3 Climbing: A Job or a Philosophy?
1.4 The Pakistani Eight-thousand-metre Peaks
1.5 Three Categories and One of His Own
Section Two: The Life Sketches
2.1 Mohammad Ullah
2.2 Qurban Mohammad
2.3 Sarwar Ali
2.4 Meherban Shah
2.5 Farhad Khan
2.6 Hazil (Hasil) Shah
2.7 Amruddin
2.8 Aziz Baig
2.9 Amin Ullah Baig
2.10 Rajab Shah
2.11 Syed Ahmed
2.12 Ezat Ullah Baig
2.13 Sabs Ali
2.14 Meherban Karim
2.15 Yousaf Khan
2.16 Ali Musa
2.17 Jehan Baig
2.18 Farzar Khan

About the author: 

Christiane Fladt is a mountaineer, teacher, and an adventure enthusiast. She is a teacher of English and Latin languages in Germany, and also a tourist who first came to Pakistan on a mountaineering expedition in 2002. She has authored two books on mountaineering, and this is her first work on Pakistani high-altitude porters (HAPs).

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