The narrative given in this book is based upon notes generally recorded on the evening of the day on which the events double times. Of the day on which the events described occurred. A diary was regularly kept, and in addition a separate account was always written, while the facts were fresh in the memory, of anything that appeared of special interest.
It will be seen from the story that there is no reason why a lady should not accompany her husband, while the latter is shooting in Ladâk. Though the marches are wearisome and most of them long, there is rarely any racing amongst sportsmen for nalas, riding ponies are always procurable, and the ground is easy almost everywhere. But in Bâltistân the case is entirely different, chiefly owing to the keen competition for nalas. A sportsman going there must race, and practically no lady could travel at the pace necessary for this, even if she were good over bad ground and had no objection to rope bridges.