Himalayan Journal vol.14
The Himalayan Journal
Vol.14

Publication year:
1947

Editor:
H. W. Tobin
Index
  1. SASER KANGRI, EASTERN KARAKORAMS, 1946
    (J. O. M. ROBERTS)
  2. A SHORT EXPEDITION TO THE NUN KUN MASSIF LADAKH, MAY-JUNE 1946
    (CAPT. RALPH JAMES, F.R.G.S.)
  3. THIRD CHOICE-PADAR REGION
    (FRITZ KOLB)
  4. NANDA GHUNTI, 1945
    (P. L. WOOD)
  5. NANGA PARBAT RECONNAISSANCE, 1939
    (L. CHICKEN)
  6. SKI-ING IN GARHWAL
    (R. V. VERNEDE)
  7. A PRE-SWISS ATTEMPT ON NILKANTA
    (C.G. Wylie)
  8. EXPEDITIONS
  9. IN MEMORIAM
  10. NOTES
  11. REVIEWS
  12. CLUB PROCEEDINGS
  13. EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Unlike the preface to volume xiii, the presence and matter of this editorial requires no explanation but only apology for the shortcomings of an inexperienced editor. That issue, ably edited by Wilfrid Noyce, worthy successor to Kenneth Mason, was, as he termed it, £a coming to life' number. And it was in truth a promising rebirth. But, alas, the swift evolution as independent states of India and Pakistan brings in its train the early repatriation of nearly all active members of the Himalayan Club. And the hitherto simple access to the great mountains of India's northern borderlands will be enjoyed only by those who will work in the new states. Consequently, unless, or until, mountaineering is taken up seriously by Hindu, Moslem, Sikh, and others, the very raison d'etre of the Club will be no more.

Nationalization of the Club or its successor will mean production of its Journal by a national editor and a national publication. So it seems that volume xiv is almost certain to be a final issue, which is a tragic thought for all of us members, and perhaps more especially for those who have given so much of their time and their talents to its creation and life. The Committee had hoped and planned that future production should be in the hand of a member with up-to- date experience of mountaineering in and from India, so the now officiating editor was only to 'hold the baby' until someone better qualified became available. Instead of his being able to hand it to another nurse, it seems that the duties of performing the obsequies will fall on the present incumbent.

The appearance of the number has been much delayed by various factors, not the least being the tremendous political changes in India. The Honorary Secretary has, despite all that he has been contending with, rendered, without delay and without a grouse, much indispensable help. Alterations in the executive of the Committee have made his task the harder. The ready co-operation of the Alpine Journal, with which there is always reciprocity as to use of material, calls for our gratitude. Our thanks are also due to our Assistant Editor, Mrs. Joan Townend, for her ready help and advice. As for our publishers, all members will wish to place on record their high appreciation of their unfailing co-operation and personal help given by members of the staff to editors past and present.

An index to the first twelve volumes of the Journal has been prepared by A. J. Young, and is being edited by Gordon Whittle. It is hoped to distribute it early in 1948. Meanwhile, members will like to express their gratitude to the former for doing a much-needed job and also, in anticipation, to the latter for dotting the i's and crossing the t's.