Gaoligongshan/Mt. Gawagapu Expedition August 2012

Tweet“But we little know until tried how much of the uncontrollable there is in us, urging across glaciers and torrents, and up dangerous heights, let the judgment forbid as it may.”
- John Muir, 1894
This was the longest and, by quite some distance, most challenging journey of the year. Owing to serious illness, our team split [...]

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Flowers of Mt. Gawagapu, August 2012

TweetBefore I get on with what’s likely to be an epic blog about our latest expedition to the Gaoligongshan range, I thought I’d first share a few of the wildflowers we saw on that trip. We were a bit late for the best of them, but still found several we’d never seen before. As ever, [...]

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Mt. Tianbao July 2012

TweetYang Xiao was out and about in the Tianbao range, just south of Shangri-la, during the last days of June/first days of July. It’s not the most favourable time of year for weather, but you have to be prepared for a bit of rain to see the best of the region’s wildflowers. As this is [...]

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Wild Walk on the Tea Trail

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In April we helped stage a two-week trek along the Tea and Horse Trail between Lijiang and Xizhou, working together with “multi-award winning independent travel company” Wild Frontiers. Yang Xiao and I had explored this route extensively over the past three years, but this was the first time we had taken a group the whole [...]

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Xizhou-Shaxi Photo Trip

TweetOur first trip this year was the fruit of a fresh collaboration with Asia Photo Tour, who organize “off the trail photo tours and workshops” in China. I met APT’s founder, Sharron Lovell, at the Dali International Photo Festival last October – we hit it off right away and Sharron asked if I could suggest [...]

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Yang Xiao’s Blog on the Overland Track

TweetYang Xiao has been busy writing his thoughts about a recent journey along the Overland Track in Tasmania. He’s also written quite extensively on his latest experiments with Ultra-lite hiking. It’s for Chinese readers only, I’m afraid. Click here for the link:

There are several posts related to the one above – just search within the [...]

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Tasmania – The Overland Track, March 2011

TweetEd and Yang Xiao joined a small Chinese group to hike six and a half days along Tasmania’s famous Overland Track in mid-March. Despite Tasmania’s reputation for terrible weather, the fates smiled on us. This video blog is only in Chinese for the moment; if enough people are interested, Ed may get around to subtitling [...]

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Outside Magazine Publishes Yang Xiao’s Thoughts on the Appalachian Trail

TweetThe March issue of Outside includes Yang Xiao’s feature about our trek through the Great Smoky Mountains on the AT last year. Read what our group of Chinese hikers thought about their experience in the wilderness, Stateside…

The Kinda Long March
In which a team of Chinese men travels to the United States for the first [...]

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Video: Rock’s Mountain

TweetThis terrific short comes courtesy of Sharon Dennis, who trekked with us in October 2010 as we retraced Joseph Rock’s 1923 expedition across the “Three Parallel Rivers” in northwest Yunnan. This was among the most challenging routes we have tackled, so hats off to Sharon for not only completing it, but shooting this video at [...]

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Video Blog: Shangri-la Caravan Trail 2010

TweetThis 13-minute video recounts our attempt to travel with a caravan (well, two caravans, actually) all the way from Shuhe, just north of Lijiang, to Shangri-la. En route, we trekked around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, ferried across the Jinsha River, and then hiked along the east foot of Mt. Haba and over Mt. Tianbao. [...]

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