So Kim is leaving; and I, Jamie, am slightly altering course as well. For those of you that haven't met me, haven't experienced my passion for exploring and trekking, I have to repeat, I honestly love trekking, running our (usually somewhat exploratory) treks, and will continue but with less treks each year. Trekking is nourishing soul
One reason is Esther, and I have been spending more time in Singapore with her rather than Kathmandu, and in short, late next year she will take a break (I can't say more here). So we will trek, hopefully you will join us, and we will also travel widely in between. She hasn't seen much of the world - yet!
Another reason is I am an ideas person; solutions and innovations just gush out once I start thinking over an issue. My frustration sometimes overflows on Facebook about Nepal, perhaps because I understand what is going on at so many levels. More
positively though, I want to follow up on a set of sustainable development and conservation-focused ideas that could be of great help to locals in the high country, to help themselves.
I won't go into detail now however I want to discuss with groups of nomads in Ladakh, get the background, the real story from them, and so the Chadar to Changtang Wild
is part a crazy adventure, but also some research for a probable drokpa (semi-nomadic peoples) project.
And expedition changes too, after 15 successful and safe years, I won't be guiding my own teams on the big peaks anymore. Instead Our expeditions is now Our Tibet treks
and I look forward to explorations there, especially now that I have a translator - Esther - to assist. And we already started, with an August exploratory trip that required more improvisation than expected, and we can also say with authority, don't trek in August. We were awed by zoo-bound snow leopards, and one of the ideas I want to follow up involves these apex predators. Photos and results next newsletter.