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THE LOST RIVER:
A Memoir of Life, Death and Transformation on Wild Water

Author: Richard Bangs

In the early 1970s, in a quest to run the last unexplored rivers of Africa, two young men drowned: one a client on his first river expedition; the other, author Richard Bangs's rafting partner and best friend, Lew Greenwald. Bangs and Greenwald, who had pioneered several wild rivers in Africa, shared a goal to raft Ethiopia's unrun Tekeze, but Greenwald's death and political turmoil made the dream impossible. Twenty-three years later, Bangs returned with survivors of the earlier expeditions to complete what was left undone - to run the Tekeze. The Lost River is the story of Bangs's mission to fulfill a promise, to close a circle, and to face the ghosts of tragedy. It is also a deeply personal story as Bangs recounts his beginnings on wild rivers, the relationships forged in pursuit of adventure, and the primal joys that come from exploring uncharted territory.

"It was Saturday, March 10, when we pumped our two rafts along the banks of the Awash. Stepping into the rafts there was that first sensation of rushing water beneath us, a sound like compression brakes. Then we pushed off into the African unknown. The first morning the boats leapt, turned, and tipped down cataracts in rapid fire. It was a great beginning spirits crackled with excitement. Being first to travel this river we tried to stop and scout each rapid. We would tie up the rafts and make our way along the cliffs until we found a vantage point where we could best determine how to make the run. Then we'd cross fingers, make the SOBEK handshake that Lew invented, and go for it."
-- From The Lost River

About the author:
Richard Bangs is founding partner of Mountain Travel Sobek, America's oldest and largest adventure travel firm, a world adventurer, international river explorer, Web pioneer, and award winning author.

$14.00 (softcover)

See also
  : Richard Bangs' Adventure Without End
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