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Mountains and Their Precious Rivers

Returning to northwestern Yunnan’s snow-clad mountains and their precious waterways. We’ll wander up the Salween River (pronounced Gyalmo Gyul Chu and written རྒྱལ་མོ་རྔུལ་ཆུ། in Tibetan) to the eastern extension of the Himalayas and a slow route south along portions of both the … Continue reading

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Condè Nast Traveller Tea Article on Jeff Fuchs

  Condè Nast Traveller Tea Article on Jeff Fuchs Condè Nast Traveller introduces my latest tea-fueled exercises in the green leaf here. A trip of sips with some of the most ancient of cultures of the green on the planet…from soil … Continue reading

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South Tea Sips l : Marco, Matè, and Menghai

  Marco Antonio Zamboni Zalamena and his matè bag have arrived but I cannot find either. Three different bus stations in southern Yunnan’s hot capital of Jinghong are empty of him. I’m ripped on far too much tea, slightly manic, … Continue reading

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The Journey to Sho’La Pass – Part 1 – Horsemen Are Always Late…

Songjè the horseman is late. It isn’t unusual for this part of the world, but still the same, it is something that burrows its way into me. For moments it seems as though his absence will delay the entire expedition. … Continue reading

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Mupa, Nyima, and Songjè – (Cloud, Sun, and Songjè)

The word for mist, clouds, and fog in many Tibetan regions is the same: mupa. Mupa is what engulfs us and sucks us all into itself and into a world of soft focused hues and biting wind. Rain slices in … Continue reading

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Songjè and a Sacred Lake – Part l of ll

Bells chime through the wet air and the odd manic high-pitched wail of urging in Tibetan rips over the grassland. Plodding through the pine and spruce are the sagging, deflated bodies of mules lugging packs that dwarf them. Their day … Continue reading

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A Sacred Lake and the Horseman

 Upcoming post is based on a recently completed journey up a mountain in northwestern Yunnan with a brilliant group of students…and an icon of the mountains, local horseman Sangjè. Hands of steel, a voice that silences and the requisite face … Continue reading

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Kawa Karpo Expedition Feature out in Outpost Magazine’s edition #89

At long last the Kawa Karpo Expedition that Bill Roberts, Roberto Gibbons Gomez, myself and a titanic guide named Daba undertook and completed is out in tangible print in Canada’s award-winning adventure travel Outpost Magazine. It marks the first documented … Continue reading

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Explorers Club talk on the Tea Horse Road

Back in Canada for the month of August before returning to China in September. With tea roaring around in the blood, I will be speaking tomorrow Friday, August, 10th to the Explorers Club in Toronto on that topic that gives … Continue reading

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Kindle Ebook of my “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” coming soon…

At long last a Kindle version of the book will be available (within the week), and some of the characters, including the above ‘goat of the mountains’, Dorje, will find a wider audience for his audacity. Another more image-heavy version … Continue reading

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