Join Eugene Buchanan, author of Brothers on the Bashkaus, in his latest tale of travel and adventure.
In Comrades on the Colca, published by Colorado-based Conundrum Press, this time he is in South America with a team of Polish explorers on a first descent down the Cruz del Condor section of Peru’s Colca Canyon, the deepest gorge in the world.
Negotiating everything from unrunnable cascades to Incan mummy-filled caves and skin-bubbling plants, en route they discover not only the camaraderie needed to survive but a rival Polish team bent on beating them to the expedition plum.
Interspersed with tales of Incan history, legends of treasure hunting, and other South American exploits, Comrades on the Colca plunges the reader into a gripping adventure travel narrative that will have the reader reaching for a paddle and plane ticket to wilds of Peru.
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Images from the Adventure (Photos: Grzegorz Gaj Grzesiek)
Book Reviews: Comrades On The Colca
"Eugene Buchanan has long had a reputation as a fearless adventurer willing to go anywhere in search of wild water. But with Comrades on the Colca, set at the bottom of the world's deepest gorge in the mighty heart of Peru, Buchanan has topped himself. Here is a rip-roaring adventure, packed with weird legends, peopled with obsessive characters, and shot through with ambitions as big and unbridled as the great river that spills through this crazy, picaresque tale."
--Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and In the Kingdom of Ice
“It's crazy, zany, and full of fun. High adventure, yes, but in the broadest sense of the word, mixing the physical adventure of a first descent into the deepest canyon of the world with a quest for gold, a race to the finish, and more wacko characters than you can stuff into a packraft.”
--Jon Turk, Author of "Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild.
“Nobody can write about rivers like Eugene Buchanan. He is one of the very few adventurer-writers who can take you—with fast paced, descriptive prose—down into the gorges where no modern man has ever been. Where the lure of Incan gold is as compelling as unexplored territory. Buchanan weaves the history and the exciting story of a contemporary expedition with the clean skill of an expert kayaker running a life or death drop. And he has earned every page, with his paddle and his pen.”
--Peter Heller, author of Hell or High Water; and Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave.
“For devotees of over-the-top, no-hold-barred whitewater adventure, Eugene Buchanan's Brothers on the Bashkaus has long been the gold standard when it comes to a truly epic river story. But with Comrades on the Colca, Buchanan appears to have outdone even himself (which is no mean feat). Hang on tight and brace for the ride of a lifetime.”
--Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile
“For a river-runner, Peru’s Colca Canyon – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, far narrower, more technical and remote – is the Ultimate Challenge. Eugene Buchanan’s account of not just running the Colca but several more wild South American descents is a wild-river classic, worthy of every canyon corner and page turn.
--Jon Bowermaster, National Geographic adventurer
"From one of the greatest outdoor writers, a terrific story of adventure and resilience."
--Porter Fox, author of DEEP, The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow