The Bibbulmun Track – Albany to Denmark

TweetAt long last I have time to upload a few photos and perhaps also some words to recall the wonderful trip we took last September-October along the southernmost section of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. This was by way of a follow-up to the Workshop at the University of Western Australia that I mentioned [...]


Shangri-la to Dali in 16 Days

TweetUp to now we’ve concentrated on making our journeys single, connected hikes – insofar as that’s possible while avoiding lengthy stretches of unpleasant road-walking. This October, however, we tried something different by walking only what we think of as the best hiking trails in between Shangri-la and Dali, and driving the bits in between. That [...]


Kublai Khan’s March South

TweetIn reverse direction, Yang Xiao and Climb Dali‘s Adam Kritzer recently retraced part of the Great Khan’s march to the Jinsha River. A fascinating slice of history and a terrific hike, as you’ll see from the pix below…

I don’t have my library to hand, so I hope I have remembered this correctly. The future Great [...]


Tea Trail Lijiang to Dali, April 2013

TweetThis year’s first major group hike took us along the Tea and Horse Trail between Lijiang and Dali. The hiking section covered 11 days and approx 180 km.

This is part of the true caravan trail between Jianchuan and Lashi Lake. At more than 10 km it’s one of the longest sections anywhere in Yunnan, preserved [...]


A Journey through the Tea Mountains

TweetOur first exploration of 2013 took me and Prof. Gary Sigley to Xishuangbanna, where we plannedĀ  a companion expedition to last year’s trek north from Menghai, the western head of the Tea Horse Trail. This time our starting point was the eastern trailhead: Yiwu

Yiwu these days is a small town in the throes of knocking [...]