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000 and a half foot peak many thought it inspired by the 1953 conuest of Everest But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures of Bill Ti This book is a well known parody on mountaineering stories written about a fictional mountain named Rum Doodle altitude 40000 and a half feet around one third again as high as Everest Set in the Himalaya in a land that is not Nepal but very like Nepal with porters who are Yogastani The team established by the Rum Doodle committee is led by the narrator known as Binder not sure we ever learn his real name as Binder is his radio callsign As a leader he is the least insightful unaware of what transpires around him most of the time but totally dedicated to the party and the task He is joined by a crew who become somewhat obvious as the list grows Tom Burley ex military the oversized endurance man who is a constant victim of an array of lassitudes heat valley etc radio callsign DeadweightChristopher Wish scientist who is constantly carrying out experiments which all seem to be boiling water to determine altitude inaccurately radio callsign FiddlerDonald Shute photographer who specialises in exposing film and ruining any recorded imagery radio callsign Dickie BirdHumphrey Jungle radio expert and route finder who is constantly lost and reuires rescue freuently radio callsign Wanderer although he proposed pathfinder for himself which was not acceptedLancelot Constant linguist who struggles with the language of the porters creating havoc in the giving of instructions radio callsign ApplecartRidley Prone doctor who is constantly struck down with illness radio callsign AilingAs well as the team there are the aforementioned porters numbering 3000 at commencement but gradually whittled down in number to suit the food stores available and maintain the expedition budget There are a few main character Yogistanis who include Pong the expedition cook who manages to turn any ingredients into inedible filth for the duration of the expedition Bing who was the Bang head porter Bung a particularly strong porter So Lo and Lo Too who stick with Binder for much of the expeditionAs you can see from the above there is plenty of absurdity plenty of slapstick lots of play on words and situations translations of course when two words in Yogistani are indistinguishable except for a gurgle at the end inevitable navigation issues hallucinations medical situations a crevasse to escape from fiance stories to be learned from all the team porter revolts and much acclimatization to be done There are basecamps advanced basecamps camps 1 5 and all manner of arrangements to be madeSo at 153 pages it wouldn t have wanted to be any longer but it was a funny and readable parody Probably Goon Show than Monty Python but very British in its self mockeryWorthy of noting Bill Bryson wrote the introduction most useful for its background to the book including explaining the significance of the repeated uses of the number 153 in the textAlso worth a mention is the Rum Doodle Restaurant in Kathmandu which carries on the tradition albeit apparently relocated from its original location in Thamel I have visited the restaurant when it was in Thamel I believe I had a yak steak which is nearly always water buffalo apparently and had a vague understanding of the book but had not read it Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars rounded up The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language it Lie With Me inspired by the 1953 conuest of Everest But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures of Bill Ti This book No Feelings Involved is a well known parody on mountaineering stories written about a fictional mountain named Rum Doodle altitude 40000 and a half feet around one third again as high as Everest Set El libro de sinAzucar.org in the Himalaya One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, in a land that Size Matters is not Nepal but very like Nepal with porters who are Yogastani The team established by the Rum Doodle committee ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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First published in 1956 The Ascent of Rum Doodle uickly became established as a mountaineering classic As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40 For reasons associated with but not limited to having no friends I arrived one night alone and at very short notice in Kathmandu The prehistoric taxi from the airport was assembled from many previously fossilised taxis and after only a few hundred exhilarating yards violently disassembled on unsurprisingly crashing into what I assumed was the target motorcycle The ensuing melee moved almost seamlessly into my trek on foot carrying a rucksack passably similar to an American backpack containing poorly assembled and tragically selected inappropriate items through rival protest marches of bandana swathed Communists and Maoists who seemed unwilling to accept my entreaties based on a firm belief that Maoists were Communists and vice versa I eventually made the deserted safety of narrow threatening streets swathed in the comforting deathly blackness of a randomly scheduled power blackout and was lured at the point of a dehydration induced delirium tremens to the twinkling candlelit balcony of a bar the world famous Rum Doodle Bar height 40000 and 12ft Over a bottle of Ghurkha Beer emblazoned with the famous Tenzing Norgay Everest photo I was inspired on reading from the blurb scrawled on the strangely moving wall that the bar was named after a famous 1950 s mountaineering ascent documented in an eually famous book Ghurkhas came thick and fast as elephants in a Dumbo nightmare and I lapsed into something like the vomit inducing exhaustion of altitude sickness and forgot Rum Doodle as the illusion of a terrible Himalayan agueI came across this book recently now rediscovered by Bill Bryson who forwards this edition wandering friendless in a charity shop sheltering from the rain The elation of seeing the name again provoked a gagging flashback of emotion so vivid that the smell and taste of Ghurkha Beer filled my senses seeming to hang in the back of my throat as a portent of some imminent effusion of memory that would come straight from the pit of my stomach As I d previously been thrown out of this charity shop for a similar incident I hurriedly snatched the bookAn antidote to Into Thin Air syndrome I can see why Bryson loves it His semi anglophile mentality reflects but is not the same as this humour Nor is it Monty Python although perhaps Michael Palin s Ripping Yarns is close Actually given the era it was written in it is Goon Show Spike Milligan Sellers et al Very funny spoof of expedition mountaineering that evidently became cult in those adventuring communities meaning that several landmarks are now named after itIf you need a break from serious books give this a go Very funny and you don t need to be a mountaineer although I personally have seen Touching The Void and understand enough to know that when you are tired hung over or just plain can t be bothered always mumble something about altitude sickness Deserves its renaissance Will be appreciated by anyone who realises that the best achievements in life are those that are futile and achieved to great acclaim under the banner of teamwork whilst at the expense of the efforts of other unsung peopleGreat little book PS Disclaimer Ghurkha Beer is very niceish Ignition in 1956 The Ascent of Rum Doodle uickly became established as a mountaineering classic As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40 For reasons associated with but not limited to having no friends I arrived one night alone and at very short notice Mitologii subiective in Kathmandu The prehistoric taxi from the airport was assembled from many previously fossilised taxis and after only a few hundred exhilarating yards violently disassembled on unsurprisingly crashing Between Heaven and Mirth into what I assumed was the target motorcycle The ensuing melee moved almost seamlessly Biogenealogy into my trek on foot carrying a rucksack passably 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Lman and his 1937 account of the Nandi Devi expedition The book's central and unforgettable character Binder is one of the finest creations in comic literatur Absolutely hilarious giggled like a schoolgirl all the way through I m off to meditate on the responsibilities of leadership


10 thoughts on “The Ascent of Rum Doodle

  1. says:

    For reasons associated with but not limited to having no friends I arrived one night alone and at very short notice in Kathmandu The prehistoric taxi from the airport was assembled from many previously fossilised taxis and after only a few hund

  2. says:

    This book is a gem It’s a spoof on every mountaineering expedition book or documentary you’ve ever read or watched There are so many uotable absurdities that I wouldn’t know where to start and the illustrations are just as muc

  3. says:

    The second funniest work of fiction I have ever read It's a good example of British surrealism The British never really regarded surrealism as a serious artform and most examples of British surrealism are in fact strange comedies with no especial interest in the concerns of the original Surrealists Freudian psychology automatic writing unpalatable honesty regarding sexual desires etcThis novel stands comparison with Three Men in a Boat or

  4. says:

    The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a parody on mountaineers and as with all parodies there are people who love them and others who really don't see anything in them I'm a bit in the middle of these two The writing was over the top and there

  5. says:

    This book is a well known parody on mountaineering stories written about a fictional mountain named Rum Doodle altitude 40000 and a half feet around one third again as high as Everest Set in the Himalaya in a land that is not Nepal but very like Nepal with porters who are 'Yogastani'The team established by the Rum Doodle committee is led by the narrator known as Binder not sure we ever learn his real name as B

  6. says:

    I have to be really honest about this book I couldn't enjoy it To be honest Bowman's style of writing it is really tiring and I was often drifting with my focus on the book Although I have to say that's probably my problem and not Bowman's As a matter of fact his writing is surprisingly good and very well polished What I did not like about the book it's the fact that almost every part of it seems like a sitcom everything is happe

  7. says:

    Absolutely hilarious giggled like a schoolgirl all the way through I'm off to meditate on the responsibilities of leadership

  8. says:

    The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a jaunty parody of inept mountaineers who couldn’t organise a raffle at a village fete let alone master the 40000 and a half ft climb to the peak of ‘Rum Doodle’These ‘professionals’ have the most ironic surnames like Burley who was was anything but as he was out of sorts after failing to acclimatise to any step of their journey the team’s medical assistance was provided by a Dr

  9. says:

    An overlooked classic Read it in a single sitting Extremely silly in a good way and often funny enough to bring tears

  10. says:

    As someone who has paged through the expedition diaries of than one Victorian explorer I found a lot to like about The Ascent of Rum Doodle a satire of those very types of people and their writing But even if you

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