Monday, July 21, 2014

Going back to the Nujiang ... in September

I have just booked my flights to Lijiang for late September, from where I intend to have another shot at the Kawakarpo circuit - or possibly a crossing from Cizhong to Dimaluo on the Nujiang. My first choice would be go back to do the Yading outer kora again. However, I'm going back to the Nujiang because it seems to be the only place with decent weather at that time of year. If you recall from my last few posts, my trip to Yading in October 2013 was a disaster - completely snowbound, as was my 'Plan B' - Gongga Shan. I guess those places are just too far north for October trekking and it's too late in the year to do any decent trekking. Well, if I find there's a heatwave occuring when i get off the plane in Lijinag I may well head up to Yading, but otherwise it's the Kawakarpo circuit for me. I would like to finish what I started in 2012 (with my kids in tow) - I only managed the first half of the kora from Yongzhi to Abing on the Nujiang. This time I would like to re-cross back to the Mekong over the Sho La. And as I said, rather than repeat the Doker La (which is fantastic) I would like to try a different route over to the Nujiang via the She La from Cizhong to Dimaluo. Well, that;s the plan ... just need to get in shape now. Oh, and buy some film for my Rolleiflex ...

3 comments:

omer said...

good luck!
hope the gods will be with you...

Al said...

Hello, thought you might be interested - Joseph Francis Rock project on the Smithsonian site of projects available for volunteer transcribers of digital documents.

Joseph Francis Rock's Field Book No. 8035-9999

This field book is part of a collection that is also referred to as the Rock specimen catalog. It documents Joseph Francis Rock's (1884-1962) botanical collecting efforts in China from March 1923 to August 1923. Primarily a list of floral specimens numbered 8035-9999, the entries typically include genus, height and color but not species. Collecting locations are described by nearby place name and elevation in feet. Join in our efforts to transcribe the Rock specimen catalog of the Asian locales that were Joseph's passion for over a quarter of a century. https://transcription.si.edu/browse?page=1&filter=all

Michael Woodhead said...

Thanks Al - that's a dea link at the moment but I'll try again. Sounds interesting.