Patrolling with local rangers on an anti-poaching expedition in the deepest gorges of Sichuan, China's forest. The three days were some of the hardest of my life, and the emotional and physical toll of the journey through these woods has left me exhausted and calorie-starved on my bed. My camera and at least two lenses are water-damaged to an unknown extent, and my backpack rain-cover, shoes, and gloves are shredded. If there was ever an honest moment in the life of an explorer, it's when you lay down, finally warm, safe, and out of damp clothes and soaked shoes, begin to examine the wounds to both your body and your gear, and slowly ask yourself: is it worth it? You begin to realize that even though your body, mind, and heart have been beaten to the point of surrender, it was the brain that found strength to carry you through the moment and the heart that afterward still whispers, yes, it was worth it, go on. Do you? There are so many lessons to learn, so many things I could have done better. 1) Don't underestimate the forest. 2) Dig deep, push on.
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- Mupi, Sichuan, China
The mountains that divide China's Qinghai and Sichuan provinces are pretty rugged, and no less stunning. Here are some of them. Nyenpo Yurtse. Just one of the many potential places I'm thinking about teaming up with @wildchinatravel to bring some adventure minded folks here next year. Who's in? 🙌🏻
We had been moving upwards since 3:30AM. Now, faced with the decision to attempt the descent or turn around, we paused. We could not see to the bottom of the scree slide pouring down the mountain. I guessed our odds were 60 to 40 to making it down and not needing to turn back and go up again. Noah looked more doubtful. I looked at Meg. She nodded. We voted. 2 to 1. And that's how we accomplished the first ascent and decent of this nameless 5000m+ passage in China's infamous Minya Konka region. The views were unbeatable to boot.
Leduomanyin. 9 AM. The sun crested the ridge over the blue ice wall. Stirred into awakening by the new warmth, the wind gathered itself and stormed down the peak, howling as it ricocheted through the crevasse scarred, glowering wall. A chilling privilege to stand among such a scene.
Into the heart of the Hengduan: Riwuqi Glacier spills out from Leduomanyin Peak (elv. 6112m) into the barren wilderness of Minya Konka. The Minya Konka massif is one of the most incredible mountain regions in the world. It also hides the world's highest peaks east of the Himalaya. Exploring it this week was beyond words.
Running among the Chinese Dolomites. Dream less, do more.
- Mount Rainier National Park
Winter and the USA on my mind 🇺🇸. If you want to learn more about China's mountains make sure you check out @snowmountain_in_china The guy is legendary. He literally knows every peak, bump, and hill in western China.
Gangrigabu. This was the name the locals called it. Translated into our tongue, it meant The Eight Peaked Mountain. Local legend wrapped around these peaks like the titanic glaciers which adorned them, cascading off into the valleys below. The glow which likewise bounced off these pearly ornaments was the only reason to believe the sun would actually rise at all. It was cold in the night. My hands stung. But I knew I was in the right place. The stars blinked out of existence one by one. The landscape began to sing with a faint glow that started from the peaks and slowly melted down into the hills. The alpine glow. #explorationforconservation
As we face an unclear future of dynamic environmental problems, the majority of which we still do not completely understand, we must directly link the practice of exploring wild places with that of protecting them. “Because they are there,” is no longer enough; they are at serious risk of not “being there” if we do nothing. #explorationforconservation
No way back, only forward, I kept repeating to myself with each impossible ridge spine crossing. The granite teeth of Juangduode leered down upon us like the many headed guardian of Hell, Cerberus, tempting us to back down with each step upward. The GPS hit 5000m, 5100m, 5200m and still kept going... so did we.
- Mekong River
Flying over the Mekong River near its source in China’s Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The Mekong is the 12th largest river in the world and flows from Yushu down through the length of the Hengduan Mountains and into the South China Sea. I’ve been documenting this area, nicknamed Asia's Water-tower, for the past month and the local conservation movements that protect it. Check out the story behind the photo for the next 24hrs at @wildchinatravel or @theoutbound
Himalayan feels. I firmly believe that in order to do conservation well, sometimes we have to put our work down and return to nature for what it is: raw beauty, pure inspiration, clarity for the soul. Don't become so lost in your work that you lose the experience. This is our home. Remeber to enjoy it!
- Hengduan Mountains
Gearing up for fall in China. After five days and five passes we finally made it to the Five Color Lake at 4500m. We couldn't decide which was more blue, the lake or the sky? 🏔🇨🇳
- Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
降臨. The last breath of summer, the coming of fall. 夏季的尾巴，玉樹秋季第一場雪。4500m.
Beyond the smog. Views from western China's Nyenpo Yurtse massif. Check out my newest article with Sixth Tone about Tibetan Buddhist conservation in the region. Link in profile.
Moment before nightfall.
- Tibetan Plateau
Waking up at 4am in the mountains: Sometimes it feels as if the sun has finally failed us. Bitter winds bite our cheeks at the first outset from the tent, and we shutter mournfully as we take leave from our homely shelter. Have the mountains, too, gone, or rather do they merely wait to swallow us in their darkness? We anticipate only of a hope unseen, casting long glances towards a cold, ink dark east. We are surprised once more when it finally begins again. Sunrise. A reminder that faith, persistence rather, was, and always is, worth it.
Next week: making a direct line towards this hidden, cliffside monastery in the heart of China. In the surrounding forest live brown bears, snow leopards, wolves, lynx, Pallas cat, and Asian leopards. This area is second only to Africa in terms of number of large mammal predators. China's Hengduan Mountains. Who knew?
- 1 Million Dance Studio 서울특별시 강남구 논현동 273-4번지 4층
Welcome to eastern Tibet, 5421m/17785ft. This is not just about dance. If it was, maybe I would be a bit better. This is about being yourself, having fun, doing what you love, and protecting the things which are most important to you while you do that. Thanks to @1milliondance and @tina_b00 for the instruction, excuse my liberal interpretation of your choreography, and please watch the full version (link in profile). Music by Rita Ora, I Will Never Let You Down. Welcome to the Hengduan. . 티벳5421 미터: 우리 모두 마음 속 깊이 감쳐온 큰 꿈 하나씩은 있지. 우리는 그 꿈이 우리한테 어울리지 않아서, 우리가 충분하지 않기 때문이라고 말해. 근데 우리는 우리 스스로를 너무 심각하게만 여기는게 아닐까. 나는 인생을 즐기라고 말하고 싶어. 나에게 그 큰 꿈은 춤이야. 나는 이번 여름에 춤에 대한 내 큰 꿈을 이루기 위해 @1milliondance 에 갔어. 내가 아마 반에서 제일 못췄을 것이다. 근데(@tina_b00 덕분에) 나는 최고의 시간을 보냈어! 성공이 아닌 오로지 즐기기 위해 도전했던 이 시간이 내 인생에서 가장 행복했던(약간은 부끄럽기도 했지만)시간이였던 것 같아. 여기서 중요한것은 순수히 내 자신 위한 즐거움이야! 나는 지금 내가 사랑하는 등산도 즐기고 있어. 당당하게 자신감을 갖고, 인생을 즐기며 큰 꿈을 향해 주저없이 다가가자! 가장 큰 실패는 도전하지 않는거야. 너의 감춰둔 큰 꿈은 뭐야? 지금 도전해봐!