||Longstaff, Thomas George (1875-1964)|
||Although he trained as a doctor, Longstaff was a man of independent means and used this to fund seemingly endless mountain travels to outlandish spiky areas of the globe, including the Alps, Caucasus, Rockies, the Selkirks, the Arctic, Karakorum and the Himalaya. ‘His pirate beard blazed red against the Himalayan snows,’ said his friend, former cabinet minister Leo Amery. Longstaff was an indefatigable explorer of the mountains and made numerous first ascents and geographical discoveries, such as the mighty Siachen Glacier of the Karakorum and was one of the first to thoroughly explore the rim of the famous Nanda Devi Sanctuary in the Indian Garhwal. It was while on his second visit to the latter area in 1907 that he climbed Trisul, which at 23,360 ft remained the highest summit attained for 21 years.
Further reading: This My Voyage, Tom Longstaff,1949
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Longstaff, Thomas George (1875-1964)