These past few weeks have been nuts. Every day I’ve been confronted with new landscapes, wild colors, and a borderlands culture that I didn’t know existed in China. Between long miles, tall climbs, cold descents, illness and altitude, I’ve come closer than ever in my life to my own physical limits. I’m tired now. Fatigue has seeped into my bones, building up over weeks. I’m ready for a break from the road, and with only one more thousand-meter pass and 600km left in my tour of southern China, I’ll have one soon.
On the fundraising side, we’re getting close to our goal of raising $3,500 for 350.org. So far we’ve raised $3,000, but the deadline of December 1st is fast approaching. The money all goes toward the activist efforts of this great organization. Thanks so much if you’ve already donated. If you haven’t, every dollar counts! Please visit my fundraising page here.
I have some climate stories coming that I’m really excited about, from biogas in Kunming to environmental impacts of fossil fuels in Oakland, CA (a guest post from a classmate at Whitman), but for now I’ll offer photos and a few anecdotes from my time in the Tibetan region of Kham.
5 thoughts on “Mountains Beyond Mountains: Through The Tibetan Region of Kham”
Thanks for keeping us up to date with your wonderful pix of such dramatic scenery. I’m impressed with the apparent savagery of those mountains. Also found that switchback-on-stilts an intriguing solution as a shortcut to avoid what must be several miles of hacking road out of steep hillside.
But no wonder you’re tired after climbing dirt roads to over 15,000 ft. ( I think of elevation in feet because I remember puffing a bit when skiing at about 12,000 ft when I was a guy your age in Colorado.)
We’re looking forward to your return in December — discussed Christmas arrangements with your folks when we were there for dinner last Saturday.
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Thanks for the comment! The only thing that really concerns me is that these roads seem like they could be more susceptible to the earthquakes that this region is known for. Perhaps not if you take landslides into account, but I’d be curious to know more from an engineering perspective
Wow, you will have more wonderful photos and iron legs/heart.
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“Hester” after Lee Scorsby’s?!
Yes indeed 🙂