Up the Ridge
In order to reach minimally impacted areas for our research, we often have to hike for days into the mountains with coring and backpacking equipment. In the Jumla region, we spent 2-3 days trekking up the side of a steep hill, first through pine forest, then oak forest, and finally out onto heavily grazed ridges above treeline. Here are two panoramas of the views from our first campsite near 3,000 meters elevation. In the afternoons, thunderstorms rolled in, and around sunset fog lowered over the mountain and ridge tops, coating the distant peaks in snow that quickly melted off in the morning (first panorama). The occasional lone oak tree or sheepherder hut on the ridge crest often became the focus of my photographs (second panorama).