The Crane Brothers Run across the Himalayas

On August 17, 2013 by MarcF

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.


About MarcF

Global wanderer of the world. Avid cyclist, skier/snowboarder and passionate ping-pong player. Can't live without mountains in my vincinity. Fascinated by cryptocurrencies and hackerspace-like collaborative creations. Linguaphile with a special interest in Chinese, Russian & Spanish. Lover of both good & cheap wines, random facts and singing in the shower. Travel and backpacking remain my first true love. The crazier and more original those earthly exploits the better!