In 1983 two British brothers, Richard and Adrian Crane ran the Himalayas from Kanchenjunga to beyond Nanga Parbat covering 2000 miles in less than 100 days! According to the Crane’s book, “Running the Himalayas”,- “One rucksack, one sleeping bag, one set of clothes, one pair of shoes, and the shared between us: map, diaries, camera, penknife, water jar and two plastic teaspoons. No guides, no porters, no shelter, no food, no water. And we would be running. Looked at logically, the idea was preposterous”
The unprecedented feat of running across the whole length of the Himalayan foothills startled and impressed both hardened trekkers and mountaineers alike, and confounded the scepticism of all the experts of whom they had asked advice in its planning. Even more admirably they used their 2000 mile run to publicise and promote the work of Intermediate Technology — a British based charity providing the technology, finance and administration for a wide range of small scale development projects throughout the developing world and including several in Nepal and India. It is estimated so far that the donations and contributions to IT’S funds generated by their effort are in excess of £ 50,000.
Their book ‘running the Himalayas’ uses the brothers’ diaries collections in expressing their sometimes unfairly hostile reactions to the local peoples upon whose hospitality they entirely depended, and their often turbulent relations with each other. The mental stress which their massive challenge had placed upon them is clearly evidenced and excellently communicated in the book. Both brothers exhibited rapid fluxes of mood and opinion, criticising the affectations of the other yet at a later stage displaying those very same traits themselves. They make no attempt to present their personalities in a falsely virtuous light, and the result is two ‘real’ and at times exciting personal accounts.