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By: Rick Ridgeway

Big Open: On Foot Across Tibet's Chang Tang


 
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Author: Rick Ridgeway
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780792238997
Publication Date: 2004

Product Code: 12703
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In June 2000, Rick Ridgeway, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and the late renowned wilderness photographer Galen Rowell set out to discover the migration route of the chiru (the tibetan antelope). A feat twice attempted by eminent wildlife biologist George Schaller�first in four-wheel-drive vehicles and later by camel caravan�Ridgeway's team resolved to use their outdoor skills, aluminum rickshaws, and their own two feet to solve this wildlife riddle.

Following the chiru entails a dangerous journey across Tibet's Chang Tang, widely considered the world's most inhospitable environment. Each year the herd travels across this high-altitude rangeland to its breeding ground. After traversing endless miles of remote plain, a treacherous canyon, an arid desert, and a 17,000-foot ascent to a plateau, the four men are rewarded for their efforts�they become the first explorers to witness the chiru giving birth.

Ridgeway's expedition is both unprecedented and urgent. The discovery of these birthing grounds provides the information needed to convince the Chinese to safeguard the chiru's habitat within a nature reserve. Already vulnerable to predators, the chiru's most formidable threat is human vanity�they are hunted for their fur, which is woven into the world's finest and most expensive wool, shatoosh. A fascinating journey culminating with an inspiring environmental victory, The Big Open recounts a unique and rewarding adventure.


Big Open: On Foot Across Tibet's Chang Tang, Rick Ridgeway, National Geographic, Paperback, 2004, 304 pages, $14.00

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