October 6, 2009
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My friend Drew Tabke first raised my awareness of this area. It’s the Eastern Terminus of the Himalaya- essentially the area where Yunnan, Sichuan, and Tibet come together. Since then I’ve wasted, erg, invested countless hours on google earth exploring the area. It’s absolutely fascinating. While the area is gaining popularity amongst climbers, it’s still largely unexplored, particularly by skeirs. The photo above is taken from the Blue Moon Valley in the Sichuan provence. Sichuan is the area that most interests me. Without giving away all my research, that’s kind of been a pain in the ass to come across, I think this area is most intriguing to me for multiple reasons. However, it’s pretty hard to go wrong in any of the aforementioned areas.
These zones contain countless 5,000 and 6,000 meter peaks, few of which have seen crampons, let alone ski tracks. I think only a small portion of these peaks possess viable ski descents, however, I’m almost sure they can be found. My friend Julia and some other TNF peeps’ are currently exploring the Yunnan provence, doing just that. I’d love to put together a ski-focused expedition for the spring or fall of 2010 that further explores this area- which undoubtedly holds countless hidden treasures.