Synopses & Reviews
As compelling as Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, this harrowing story of river rafting examines the high risk and high adventure at the heart of modern-day explorations. 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 Richard Bangs' 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 the country's 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 Bangs' story of his 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.
About the Author
Richard Bangs--adventurer, river explorer, author, and producer--is a founding partner of
SOBEK Expeditions, now Mountain TravelxSOBEK, the adventure-travel firm. He has written more than
five hundred magazine articles and eleven books, among them Rivergods/i> and Riding the
Dragon's Back. He lives in Redmond, Washington, where he works for the Microsoft Corporation and