Terminal Lhasa: Images from a Passenger’s Seat (Mark Unrau)

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In 2006, after finishing film and recording work on a project in Amdo, Tibet, I decided to make my way to Delhi, India, overland through the Tibet Autonomous Region and Kathmandu, Nepal. I happened to be in Xining a month after the highly debated and anticipated rail line that China had completed, crossing expanses of permafrost and high mountain passes ending in Lhasa, Tibet. This rail line connects China to Tibet in an accessible trade and tourist route. Built to impress the world with engineering and ingenuity, the train hauls tourists, locals and entrepreneurs in a comfortable and interpretive 3 day trip. The passenger style train is equipped with oxygen under the seats for those of a weaker constitution, and boasts explanations of the technology and scenery in English over the intercom. Until the opening of this rail line the only way to make it to Lhasa was by plane, or on a very uncomfortable, and very long nine day bus ride.

Real Adventure

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I thought I had a sense of adventure, but compared to these climbers, I may as well be hiking through a mall. Perhaps then, adventure is relative to the adventurer. My first stab at multi-pitch trad climbs this past summer was an awakening for me. There is nothing that compared to the level of focus and the mental battle I had going on some of those days, particularly on Grassi Ridge, a route up Wiwaxy Peak in Yoho National Park (see photo – route goes up left-hand skyline). Hanging a few hundred feet off the ground, I fully realized the dangers of what I was doing, and yet I needed, for self-preservation’s sake, to ignore them.

Now Launching: The Campsite

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Welcome to The Campsite, an online exchange of stories about the inner journey and the outdoor world. What you’re staring at is the product of a lot of thought and some creative execution,… Continue reading

Nut and Seed Brittle

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This recipe was passed down through the yoga community here in Banff and has been a big hit. These bars are loaded with protein! Feel free to substitute your favourite mixture of nuts and seeds. Just make sure that they equal 3 cups total. Tamari roasted almonds provide a nice salty-sweet contrast to these bars. If you can’t find them, substitute toasted almonds.

Pumpkin seed photo from Icrontic.com.

Perfecting Your Craft: Take a Leap (Matt Trappe)

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Bonsai! I took this photo on a snowshoe hike in the Sierras this past month with my friend James, a fellow outdoor enthusiast. We completed the 7-8 mile hike along the ridge between Mt. Judah and Mt. Lincoln near Truckee, California, in about 4-5 hours that day.

During the hike we approached a high point on the ridge and James gave me a heads up that he was about to leap off a large rock ahead into the powder below. Here’s where I needed to be creative and quick because the rest happened in a matter of seconds. Here I go!

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