Descent Into Chaos: The Doomed Expedition to Low's Gully

Descent Into Chaos The Doomed Expedition to Low s Gully In early March five exhausted and starving members of a British Army expedition emerged from Low s Gully a five mile long hell hole falling away from Mount Kinabalu in the jungles of Borneo How

  • Title: Descent Into Chaos: The Doomed Expedition to Low's Gully
  • Author: Richard M. Connaughton
  • ISBN: 9781857531473
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In early March 1994, five exhausted and starving members of a British Army expedition emerged from Low s Gully, a five mile long hell hole falling away from Mount Kinabalu in the jungles of Borneo However, the achievement of the five mostly fit and able young British non commissioned officers in being the first to conquer Low s Gully, was overshadowed by the fact thatIn early March 1994, five exhausted and starving members of a British Army expedition emerged from Low s Gully, a five mile long hell hole falling away from Mount Kinabalu in the jungles of Borneo However, the achievement of the five mostly fit and able young British non commissioned officers in being the first to conquer Low s Gully, was overshadowed by the fact that the other five members of the team, two relatively old and senior British officers as the leaders and three young novice Chinese storemen and guards serving under the British military in Hong Kong, were apparently still lost in the gully What had gone wrong and why had the group broken the golden rule for such expeditions never split up

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    1. To be fair, I read the "other" book first written by the officers involved and I think this has perhaps prejudiced me in some way. In fact, now I feel the need to go back and reread that book for comparison. I wish this author had just written a fair and balanced narrative about the story, which he does seem to do, but without mentioning the shortcomings of the "other" book. Or, if he felt the need to do that, then perhaps specific examples from the book rather than vague criticisms should have [...]

    2. As far as I know, the ONLY Canyoneering expedition book available, makes for a surprisingly good read. A bunch of "experienced outdoorsmen" try to do the biggest, baddest canyon in the world. They fail - and have to get rescued - big surprise. Connaughton's telling of the tale is straightforward and level-headed, unlike the two officers that "led" the expedition. And he keeps it short and free of filler. An engaging read for us canyon-heads.

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