Best Posts of the Silk

As more people come to our site after we have finished publishing, I wanted to give people a way to access the best posts that we had done. If you like the photos you see and the stories you read below, please feel free to explore more. Top 15 Posts 1. Drink Horse One Army …

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Crossing the Irkeshtam Pass Border

Crossing the Irkeshtam Pass Border For those who are looking to cross the Irkeshtam Pass Border from China into Kyrgyzstan (or the other way, though some things may be different in that direction), I have prepared this post, which goes through the times which things happened. Another great resource came from our friend Josh at …

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We Ran – Leaving China

And I ran, I ran so far away I just ran, I ran all night and day I couldn’t get away   – Flock of Seagulls   If you have not read our account of how we got to Wuqia, where we underwent border processing, check it out here to get some background on what …

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More Violence, More Bad Policy

Recent attacks in Kashgar and the government’s new decision to ban burqas in Xinjiang’s largest city, Urumqi.   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/world/asia/uighurs-xinjiang-kashgar-police-attack.html?_r=0   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2869905/Capital-Chinas-Xinjiang-ban-burqas-public-report.html

Uighur Driver

Our journey to leave China began at the crack of dawn, six a.m. Xinjiang, eight a.m. Beijing. We piled out of our hotel quietly, trying not to attract police attention. The streets were deserted. A few taxis petered past us. We waited outside one of the bus stations where shared taxis gathered. The few cabs …

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Beware of Drivers

We came across this accident, on our way down from Karakul Lake, along the Karakorum Highway, while hitching a ride with Dan. I guess this is why most goods are taken up to Tashkurgan (and on into Pakistan) by pickup trucks.  

Trust on the Karakurom Highway

The next morning, after that starry night, we hiked around the lake filming lambs and goats. We figured we had time to play around; the redneck Chinese truck driver had told us that he would probably be coming back sometime in the afternoon, so we cleaned our stuff out of the yurt and climbed back …

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Tashkurgan Photos

Here are some of the photos that I was not able to squeeze into the blog.

Faces of Climbers

Galen did another photosession with some of the French and Dutch mountain climbers we mentioned in this section. I’ll let the work speak for itself.

Karakul’s Amazing Nightsky

Here are some of the amazing photos that Galen took during our night at Karakul Lake, beside the 25,000 foot Muztagh Ata Mountain.