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My final view of Baliyo Euta (“Strong…

My final view of Baliyo Euta (“Strong One”) before he was transported to Jomsom, we hoped for treatment and survival. Sadly, this was not the case: he was indeed transported to Jomsom, did well for 24 hours, and then died and was immediately cremated. What happened to this beautiful, strong snow leopard, one of only a handful in the Chuksang VDC of Nepal? We may never know the full story. But, what is certain is that these majestic animals are increasingly threatened, human-animal conflicts are on the rise, and better education and protection of livestock is critical to their future. Support for organizations like @snowleopardtrust and #snowleopardconservancy is a great step. #liveyouradventure #nepaliloveyou

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Difference. The world is full of it….

Difference. The world is full of it. Racial, religious, linguistic, political. That difference, and the inherent challenges of communication it engenders, can easily divide. But, it can also unite. If we take the time and effort to not place value on the difference, to not label it better or worse simply because it’s different, but instead see beyond the superficial we more often than not glimpse the universal truth and reality that, in general, people are people. Black or white or brown, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist, left, right, or center, most people everywhere want the same things: peace today, health today, and a better tomorrow for their children and grandchildren. For me, this is one of the greatest challenges and most profound gifts of travel: the deep knowledge that we are all one, rising and falling together on this ship of humanity. #liveyouradventure #weareallone

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A bit more of the #Maine stars…

A bit more of the #Maine stars the other night, this time in #timelapse. #liveyouradventure

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Not a bad evening on the #Maine…

Not a bad evening on the #Maine coast for a glimpse of the Milky Way. I spent a lot of time here as a kid in the ’70’s, and great now to be able to share the magic with a new generation. From lobstah to tide pools, seaweed collection to kick the can, skeeter bites, and cold water, the kids are reveling in all aspects of summer here. #liveyouradventure

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Coming out of the peace and isolation…

Coming out of the peace and isolation of the mountains is never easy, and especially this time around. I emerged from the simple tranquility of #Samdzong 4 days ago – a place where life is hard, certainly, but profoundly simple, where the nonsensical forces of war and bigotry, violence and hatred and greed and power are somehow muted by the base reality of existence and the fundamental need to do so. I came from that into the world of 24 hour news cycles, political vitriol of an adolescent ilk, reports of human depravity beyond imagination let alone comprehension, floods and famines and finances. Real, true, and important, for certain, but always reminds me of the solace I find in the mountains and part of what draws me back time and again. As James Ramsey #Ullman wrote years ago: “The mountain may well be a way of escape – from the cities and people, from the turmoil and doubt, from the complexities and uncertainties and sorrows that thread our lives. But in the truest and most profound sense, it is an escape not from, but to, reality.” #liveyouradventure #bestmountainartists #dktm

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@clarkliesl @mreverest7x @coryrichards and the #Mustang team…

@clarkliesl @mreverest7x @coryrichards and the #Mustang team made some amazing discoveries in ancient funerary caves near #Samdzong several years ago. The artifacts – an intact, wooden “coffin” box, beads, copper pots, some dozen human skeletons, and three stunning gold masks – tell the story of early inhabitants of the high #Himalaya, and the trade routes that existed long before the roads of today were cut. The high country of Mustang still undoubtedly holds many answers, and many more mysteries. Thanks to the dedication of Pete and Liesl, archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer and his team, and the Nepal Department of Archaeology, those stories are being told and history written. | In this photo, Pete Athans rappels out of one of the Samdzong caves to the ground below. #liveyouradventure

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My kids started calling him “Baliyo Euta”…

My kids started calling him “Baliyo Euta” – strong one – and rightly so: despite two horribly, gruesomely shattered hind legs – likely from a poacher’s trap – and enduring at least a day in the relentless, baking sun of Mustang, he was still fighting. As our teammate, Birat, carefully propped tree branches above him to block the sun and offer a respite from the heat, he hissed loudly, baring his teeth and pawing at the intrusion. Moments later, he laid back down, exhausted, conserving energy. Later in the day, as the sun shifted, he got up, dragged his mangled body behind another wall and found shade. After 12 hours, officials from ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) arrived; it wasn’t the local head from down in Jomsom – a mere 2 hours away – but rather 2 dedicated PhD candidates working in Lo Manthang. Working well into the night – with a disparate crew of researchers, our film team, and many Chuksang villagers – we managed to get the wounded leopard into a containment cage and carried safely down to the village. Our hope was that the powers that be would make the decision immediately to fly the leopard to Kathmandu for treatment by experts at the Zoo. By late morning the following day, the decision finally came: the snow leopard would not be flown, but rather driven in the back of a jeep down to Jomsom where he would be treated by a vet from the Zoo who would fly in from Kathmandu; once it was healthy, it would then be flown to Kathmandu for further treatment. We still wanted an airlift, but this seemed like a reasonable plan, and we had little leverage in the situation. So, by late afternoon, with excitement and promise, Baliyo Eka was driven out of Chuksang and down valley to Jomsom. We said our goodbyes to the local officials and researchers, and continued our journey north, filled with hope for this beautiful animal’s life. En route to Lo, our hopes were buoyed again when we heard he took in food and fluids. Sadly, 36 hours later, we got the news that the leopard had died in Jomsom. [Please continue reading the story in the comments section.]

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Beautiful morning for our flight to #Pokhara,…

Beautiful morning for our flight to #Pokhara, with glimpses of the Himalaya peeking through the monsoon clouds. We’re off, out of Kathmandu and bound for #Mustang – excited to escape the heat and humidity, and to get shooting. | In this photo, #Machhapuchare, or Fish Tai, rises above Pokhara and the foothills. #liveyouradventure @clarkliesl @mreverest7x @clark_finn

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Long before it was on the map…

Long before it was on the map as a tourist destination, #Nepal was well known throughout South Asia for its artisans. #Newar craftsmen traveled far and wide to create, their skill and precision refined and cherished. And, the craftsmen are still at it today. In this photo, goldsmith Ujjwal Bajracharya heats a bead of gold using a wax lamp and mini mouth bellows, and later pounds the gold amazingly thin and flat using a hammer and anvil. His skills, handed down through generations, century after century, are not unlike those of whoever created the fine, silver and gold funerary mask discovered in a dusty cave above the village of #Samdzong, #Mustang, by @mreverest7x, @clarkliesl, Mark Aldenderfer, @coryrichards, and their team several years ago. Excited to be returning once again to Mustang to help capture and share these amazing stories of the history of Nepal, the Himalaya, and the Silk Road. #liveyouradventure #silkroad #goldsmith

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En route back to #Kathmandu, #Nepal, for…

En route back to #Kathmandu, #Nepal, for another spell exploring and shooting the caves, landscapes, ancient history, and ancient peoples of #Mustang. It’s been a year since I was last in Nepal; it always seems like too much time has passed between trips, and yet when I touch down in that familiar, magical, wonderful land, it never seems like any time has passed at all. | In this photo, a woman prays behind a veil of juniper smoke at #Swyambhunath. #liveyouradventure #homeawayfromhome

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