The Ascent of Rum Doodle

by W. E. Bowman
Category: "Fiction - Humorous Novels"
Year of Publication:1956
Date Added:08/26/2004
Date Read:08/25/2004
Notes:Rum Doodle does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going. It is a comic farce by the leader of an expedition up Rum Doodle, a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak in the Himalayas.
My Rating: 8

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Review - Ascent of Rum Doodle, The

I laughed out loud several times at this farcical account of a mountaineering expedition, and chuckled throughout. There's no describing it, so I'll just quote one passage:

The object of the expedition was to place two men on the summit of Rum Doodle. This necessitated the establishment of a camp at 39,000 feet stocked with a fortnight's supplies for two, so that in the event of adverse weather conditions the party could wait in comfort for an improvement. The equipment for this camp had to be carried from the railhead at Chaikhosi, a distance of 500 miles. Five porters would be needed for this. Two porters would be needed to carry the food for these five, and another would carry the food for these two. His food would be carried by a boy. The boy would carry his own food. The first supporting party would be established at 38,000 feet, also with a fortnight's supplies, which necessitated another eight porters and a boy. In all, to transport tents and equipment, food, radio, scientific and photographic gear, personal effects, and so on, 3,000 porters and 375 boys would be required.
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