Trek logs along with the the geography, history and people of those areas.

I originally intended to publish the Himalayan ones as a book with alternating chapters but while some would have liked the trek logs, others seemed more likely to respond to the more academic chapters.

I’m leaving the geography and etc chapters as they are but going back to the trek logs and adding many photos. They’re better this way 🙂

I’d very much enjoy your comments. Please make them here.

July 2000 Iceland – 22 pages, text only

August 2003 Iceland – 38 pages with photos

Spring 2003 Sikkim – 15 pages text plus embedded photos, 30 pages total

The following chapter examines how Sikkim’s geography shaped events, how Tibetan aristocrats turned the land of the animistic Lepcha and Limbu into a Buddhist kingdom and why it was taken over by India.

Geography, History and People of Sikkim – 13 pages

Spring 2003 Annapurna – 13 pages text plus photos, 29 pages total

In Sikkim I wondered why Tibetan Buddhists use the same ritual devices as Roman Catholics. I puzzled over mountains that are living gods. Confusion turned to excitement when I began to feel I was in a world not shaped by aggression. How did that culture develop?

Religions of Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet – 15 pages

The following trek was longer and higher than last year, I was fitter, I wasn’t sick and it was not my first experience in the mountains so I was less distracted by trying to fit new experiences into existing concepts. I was more alert. Because Maoists controlling the hills condemned America’s invasion of Iraq and banned us from their territory, I became Austrian.

Fall 2004 Kanchenjunga – 38 pages text plus embedded photos, 56 total

Nepal’s history is better documented than Sikkim’s but its society is more complex and its people more diverse. A small country at the collision zone of the Indian and Central Asian tectonic plates that lift the Himalayas to the highest points on Earth, Nepal has three very different regions north to south; high mountains abutting Tibet, a central hilly area, and a plain that borders India almost at sea level. North-south valleys cut deep by mountain streams divide it east to west. Travel in any direction is very hard. It was unified two and a half centuries ago under a Hindu king but most Nepalis continued to practice their own religion and identified with their tribe.

Geography, History, People and Economy of Nepal – 19 pages

The following are notes from a brief visit with my trekking partner, John, my dad’s sister, Madge, and his cousin Roy and family while I was researching this Sidwell family history.

2004 Fall Visit to England – 3 pages

The journey Felicity and I made to Kathmandu via Tokyo and Bangkok then meeting David, Ilana and John in Kathmandu before heading to Tibet.

2005 Fall Bangkok and Kathmandu – 13 pages with photos

We drive along river valleys where farming is little changed from medieval times except peasants now have Chinese tractors and flooding is mitigated by Chinese forestry. We journey through beautiful lands that are forever arid. We visit monasteries where thousands of monks were living when I fell under the spell but only tens live now. From Chinese hotels on streets where Tibetans in traditional dress look like foreigners we visit Tibetan quarters where they worship freely.

2005 Fall Tibet – 28 pages text became 47 pages with photos

Geography, History and People of Tibet – – 29 pages