By any standard, this is a remote place. Yading National Park in Sichuan Province, China (at the time of my last visit, was a two day drive from anywhere.
When we used to drive up there from our home town in Yunnan, it was tortuous on terrible mountain roads, with dizzy drops into nothing. Three beers to stop shaking was my mantra!
On this particular day, we had hiked many hours up into the mountains and back. A huge thunder storm thrashed the mountains as we got back to our room with a Tibetan farmer.
We sheltered and watched the craziness.
At sunset, the storm began to clear and I ran up a hill behind the village to shoot the mountains again. The village itself is at 4000m.
The peak in this image is over 6000m and is one of three holy mountains in the national park – sacred to the Tibetan people who live there.
I often thought of Galen Rowell at those times, remembering his words, adventures and ethics. Whenever I shoot Himalayan peaks, for some reason I think of him.
He was a huge inspiration to me and is sadly missed.
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