Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith, the new critically-acclaimed Tibet adventure book by Brandon Wilson, has been called a "whooping good read" by Royal Robbins, legendary mountaineer. He continued, ""Any doubts I had about reading Yak Butter Blues melted away like yak butter under a hot sun as I came under the spell of Brandon Wilson's lively and vivid prose. He is a fine writer, perceptive, funny, and has a great way with words, making the book a whooping good read--an outstanding production."
(PRWEB) May 3, 2005 -- "Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith," the new
critically-acclaimed Tibet adventure book by Brandon Wilson, has been called a
"Whooping Good Read" by Royal Robbins.
The legendary mountaineer/adventure kayaker continued, "Any doubts I had about reading Yak Butter Blues melted away like yak butter under a hot sun as I came under the spell of Brandon Wilson's lively and vivid prose. He is a fine writer, perceptive, funny, and has a great way with words, making the book a whooping good read--an outstanding production."
Yak Butter Blues is an inspiring, new adventure book of Tibetan survival. Author Brandon Wilson with his wife Cheryl bravely challenge the "impossible" and set off on an incredible 1000-kilometer (650-mile) journey–on foot across Tibet. Join their adventure from Lhasa to Kathmandu, as they become the first Western couple to ever make this perilous trek across the unforgiving Himalayan plains.
Alone, with only their Tibetan horse Sadhu, the Wilsons face Tibet's ruthless environment head-on: the blistering winds, extreme temperatures, sandstorms, blizzards, high altitudes and the thinnest of air–made all the more challenging by exhaustion, hunger, illness, inflexible bureaucrats and implacable, trigger-happy Chinese soldiers.
Yak Butter Blues is a story of faith--and the kindness of strangers. Although the land and climate leaves its imprint daily, an even more lasting impression on these adventurers is created by Tibetan pilgrims, monks and generous villagers eager to share what little they possess: yak butter tea, the warmth of their family's fire, camaraderie and a steadfast trust in the Dalai Lama's return.
Yak Butter Blues is a tale of personal enlightenment. The couple is an invaluable witness to a Tibetan culture pushed to the brink of extinction by occupation for over fifty years. They also discover the human link connecting us all, a link that becomes clearest on a trek that removes the distractions of modern life as it unveils the truths of "deliberate travel." In doing so, the couple discovers a sense of greater purpose, wonder, a renewed faith and ultimately what it takes to endure.
Wilson leads you along on their physical, spiritual and emotional pilgrimage, through the highs and lows, across this startling land in this colorful, candid, caring and classic tale, Yak Butter Blues: a Tibetan Trek of Faith.
For a preview, visit http://www.YakButterBlues.com.
"Brandon Wilson's writing is charged, alive, and a little threatening. Yak Butter Blues flickers insistently like a flashbulb afterimage in the mind long after the book is tucked away…." ~ Richard Bangs, Executive Producer/Director of MSNBC Great Escapes, author and co-founder of Mountain Travel/Sobek
"…A soaring travel diary. It places the reader in the thick of the action every bit as well as Marco Polo transported Italians to China and, as it seems to me, better than Lowell Thomas led readers in the dust of Lawrence of Arabia…" ~ Joseph W. Bean, Book Reviewer, Maui Weekly (Hawaii)
"Recommended for adventure travel and Tibetan culture collections." - Library Journal
"A moving and emotional testimony, and a travelogue that is the next most vivid experience to hiking upon the trail oneself." ~ Midwest Book Review
"…a high-altitude tale of synchronicity, divine providence, begging monks, trigger-happy Chinese soldiers and dehydration." ~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) from a feature article
"Brandon Wilson is masterful in describing the hardships and trials of his 650-mile journey across Tibet. He's equally adept at describing this harsh yet wondrous, high landscape known as the "roof of the world." Wilson is at his best, however, when he talks about the enchanting warmth of the Tibetan people who, as he and his wife crossed on foot, took them into their homes and shared their culture. Hardly a holiday sightseeing safari, Wilson calls his trek a "walking meditation" in which the couple sees through the dust storms and freezing winds to learn the good will and kindness that has survived generations of oppression. In this strange paradise, Wilson finds commonality with the Tibetans, yet mourns the continuing disappearance of their culture, noting that soon little will remain of it but their ancient yak butter tea. Fortunately, so will his book. ~Andrew F. O'Hara, author of The Swan: Tales Of The Sacramento Valley
"A 600-mile foot slog through Tibet in which you can almost smell the dust and feel the blisters. Worth a read by any adventure or travel-trekking novel enthusiast." ~ Backpacking Light Magazine, Spring 2005
"…an awesome (in that old-fashioned use of the word) tale of a couple who walked 1,000 kilometers across some of the most climate –unfriendly parts of the world, an ancient pilgrimage trail that is rated impossible even by the most intrepid…Brave believing people on both sides of this trek…and a tale that deserves the telling." ~ Marilis Hornidge, The Courier-Gazette (Maine)
About the Author:
Brandon Wilson is an internationally published adventure-travel writer and award-winning photographer. An explorer and expert long-distance ultralight trekker, he is passionate about inspiring others with the possibility of discovery through long-distance hiking.
Although already a voracious explorer of over ninety countries, this Tibetan odyssey opened his eyes to the deep satisfaction of traveling "one-step-at-a-time."
By slowing down, he believes, "We absorb the hidden ‘magic’ in the world. We travel outside— while traveling within."
Wilson’s photographs have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines.
Author available for interviews. Please contact Pilgrim's Tales.
Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith by Brandon Wilson
288 pages, Travel Narrative/Non-Fiction, 27 duo-tone photographs & maps;
Trade paperback - ISBN: 1-933037-24-5 * $16.98;
Hardcover - ISBN: 1-933037-23-7 * $26.98
An imprint of Pilgrim’s Tales.
Distributed by Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
Available at bookstores, YakButterBlues.com, Amazon.com, BN.com, Borders.com, Amazon-Canada, Blackwell's (UK), CDbox.it (EU), McGovern & Prentice's New Zealand Online Books, Seekbooks.au (Australia), or Amazon-Japan.
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