On October 19, at 7 p.m., Waucoma Bookstore is bringing Pete Takeda to the Hood River Hotel Banquet Room to show slides and read from his new book "An Eye At The Top Of The World."
Takeda started climbing in Boise, Idaho in 1980. After dropping out of college, he quit his job and moved to the Yosemite Valley where he lived and climbed for six years. He now lives in Boulder, Colo., where he is a freelance writer and a senior contributing editor for "Rock and Ice" magazine. He continues to climb, both locally in Colorado as well as worldwide.
His new book is a blend of Cold War history, environmental mystery and outdoor adventure. Takeda and three others attempted to retrace the steps of a 1960s expedition led by the CIA.
The CIA, in the 60s, with full cooperation of the Indian government, trained some of the best high altitude climbers in the world to spy on communist China. They did so by deploying plutonium-powered surveillance devices in the Himalyas. One of these devices was never recovered and today the lost plutonium lies in a glacier at the headwaters of the Ganges River.
Takeda will show slides from his adventure to India to uncover the story of the lost plutonium. He was denied access to the highest peak in India, Nanda Devi, but he was able to climb Nanda Kot, a 6,880 meter peak, where one of the plutonium devices had been deployed. Two storms, an avalanche and many adventures later, Takeda survived to tell his tale.
Tickets ($4) are on sale at Waucoma Bookstore, 212 Oak Street.
October marks the 30th anniversary of Waucoma Bookstore. After Takeda's talk and slide show, organizers will be celebrating with cake, free give-a-ways and a raffle.