Oxford launches book on high altitude porters of Pakistan

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Staff Reporter

Oxford University Press (OUP) launched its recent publication And Death Walks with them: Above Eight Thousands Metres with Pakistani Porters from Shimshal, written by Christiane Fladt, at the Islamabad Club.
The book throws light on the uncelebrated lives of some of Pakistan’s High Altitude Porters (HAPs), who help mountaineers climb the Pakistan-based eight thousand-metre peaks.
The author has attempted to delve into their lives by digging out adventure and drama in their stories, which makes her work a significant contribution to the literature available on the topic.
This book will be the first to record the names of the porters alongside those of the more wealthy climbers who hired them.
Christiane Fladt is a mountaineer, teacher and an adventure enthusiast. She teaches English and Latin languages in Germany. She first came to Pakistan on a mountaineering expedition in 2002 as a tourist. Fadt has authored two books.
Speakers at the book launch included Dr. Almut Besold, Country Head of Friedreich Nauman Foundation Pakistan and Farman Ali who is an author.

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