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China Xinjiang and Hunza 2008 Expedition

Karakoram Mountain Range
Karakoram Mountain Range near Karimabad, Pakistan

July 24, 2008

It was an uphill bumpy jeep ride of almost an hour from Karimabad, Pakistan to the Eagle's Nest Hotel high on a mountainside.  I walked up a trail from the hotel to a knob that provided a 360 degree view of the surrounding Karakoram Mountains.  A long line of lofty snow-capped peaks rose from the stark treeless foothills to form a magnificent scene that was beautifully illuminated by the soft light of the late afternoon sun.  My heart strings began to resonate with joy and appreciation.  It was the kind of situation found in spectacular natural settings where the totality of the experience seems to overflow the circumstances.  Another trip participant looked at me and said "It's hard to put into words the feelings that I'm overcome with looking at this scene."  I was precisely synchronized with his feelings.  I repeated to him the words that flashed before me on my minds running lights newsboard--"Mountain Ecstasy."  He said "That's it, it really is Mountain Ecstasy."

Warren Jones

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