Finally back in the US after a fantastic 8 month journey. I hope to share more photos & stories in the coming weeks!
Exploring New Zealand
Sorry for the lack of updates recently…it’s really difficult to write anything meaningful when you don’t have a laptop and the use of computers and/or internet is almost prohibitively expensive ($3/hr. definitely adds up). I will try to write a story or two in the coming weeks though. Speaking of which, I will be spending Christmas at a backpacker (hostel) in Nelson called...
Favorite photos so far →
Click through to see a Flickr set of my favorite photos from the trip so far.
New Zealand photos →
I just got here, but already had some nice photo ops. It actually snowed here 2 days ago (a late spring snow)…quite a change from sweaty Thailand.
Thailand photos →
Photos from my time in Thailand in October and November.
Annapurna Sanctuary photos →
Just arrived in Bangkok…cool city with tons of young people, lots of foreigners, interesting shopping, and way too much water (I am heading to Chiang Mai in the north just in time to escape the flooding). I’ll spend the next month here in Thailand (likely skipping Ankor Wat and Loas unfortunately). I will be offline for most of the month, so don’t expect any updates for a while!...
China Photos →
Entering the Himalaya
It’s something I’ve been wanting to see my entire life: the biggest mountains on Earth. I arrived in Kathmandu from Chengdu (via Lhasa) two days ago. We actually flew just to the east of Mt. Everest, but I was unfortunately on the wrong side of the airplane. I did see some other pretty incredible peaks anyway though (that were almost as high as the plane was flying). The Kathmandu...
I’ve finally arrived in the area I’ve been looking forward to the most in China, the Western provinces: Yunnan, Sichuan, and Tibet. Right now I am in Zhongdian in far northern Yunnan province, which was recently “blessed” with the name Shangri-la in order to bring in more tourist dollars I assume. It can’t possibly have any relation to the real Shangri-la though...
Tale of a bike ride.
The cool thing about Yangshuo is that there are so many activities to do around here. The rock climbing on the limestone karst formations the area is famous for, which was initially developed in the early ’90s, is supposed to be pretty good. You can ride a bamboo raft down the river. You can hike to the top of “Moon Hill”, which has a giant arch in it. You can explore caves that...
After a nearly 24 hour journey by train & bus, I have finally arrived in Yangshou along the scenic Li River. Here I hope to explore some caves, go climbing, and ride a bike around the countryside. And I think I will finally have some time for writing & posting photos of Huangshan!
High Route trip photos on Flickr →
This is a link to some photos (~66 of the 650 that I took) from my recent backpacking trip in the Sierras. When you get to that page, I recommend either clicking on the Slideshow button in the upper right, or the Detail link in the upper left.
Out of the wilderness
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do the full High Route (due to various reasons which I’ll explain later), but I did spend 16 spectacular days in the High Sierra in Kings Canyon and west of Bishop. I’m hanging out in Santa Barbara for the time being, but I’ll be sure to post photos & stories soon!
Starting the High Route
After a slightly delayed start and a detour down to Santa Barbara, I am finally about to start my first big adventure, the Sierra High Route. I depart today and should be back in civilization around September 1st. Follow my progress via my SPOT device here: Tracking Mac on Twitter. Wish me luck!
Today marks my last day at The North Face, where I’ve been working for just over 4 years now. I will definitely miss designing tents for them, but I’m excited for what the future holds. My first adventure will be soloing the Sierra High Route, hopefully followed by a week in Southwestern Colorado (one of my favorite parts of the entire US), and then I catch a flight to China to start...