Wade Davis is the best-selling author of 15 books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River and The Wayfinders, and is an award-winning anthropologist. He currently holds the post of National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and divides his time between Washington D.C. and northern British Columbia.
This is not a story of Tibet or the Amazon. It is a story of my own backyard, a land known to the Tahltan people and all the First Nations of British Columbia as the Sacred Headwaters. Through time, isolation has been the area's saving grace; now this very isolation could be its doom.
George Mallory and Sandy Irvine crested the northeast ridge of Everest and were going strong for the summit when the mist rolled in and enveloped their memory in myth. Never were they seen alive again. Whether they reached the summit of the world before meeting their end has long haunted the mountaineering community.
02/21/2012 01:22 EST
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