National Geographic : 1931 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Sturdy yaks, as well ALPINE TRANSPORT ON ITS NATIVE HEATH as mules, frequently aided in the solution of transportation problems in this mountain country. peaks rising from it, follow its rivers and gorges, and climb to its glaciers. In 1909 Jacques Bacot visited the Konkaling Mon astery, several days' journey to the north west of the peaks, en route to Sangpi ling; but he was not "favored by the gods," for he met torrential rains and never learned of the existence of the peaks. Neither H. R. Davies nor F. Kingdon Ward, both of whom saw the peaks from a distance, was privileged to visit them. Davies, in his book on Yinnan, mentions these peaks, but not by name, nor does he show them on his excellent map of Yiinnan Province. He glimpsed the Konkaling peaks when marching from Kulu to Muli, but makes no further reference to them. We found the stifling heat in the gorges of the Shou Chu next to unbearable, espe cially as we passed from cool forest regions to a temperature of over Ioo° Fahrenheit within a couple of hours. The Hsifan tribe, in Muli territory proper, do not frequent the Shou Chu Val ley, which is inhabited by the Shuhin, or Iron People. The Shuhin are of Nashi origin, but speak a language of their own, which seems to be a mixture of Nashi, Tibetan, and Hsifan; yet it is not under stood by any of the three. Before descending from the region west of Mount Mitzuga into the Shou Chu, our trail led over alpine meadows at an eleva tion of 15,000 feet. Here we found a great variety of wild flowers-anemones, blue poppies, and many primroses of all colors, forming a veritable carpet of exquisite de signs. Our journey would have been en joyable had we not been attacked, every time the sun appeared from behind a cloud, by huge horseflies, which preyed not only on our animals but on us. Our caravan traveled rapidly, for the flies made our mules step lively. DIFFICULTIES OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE FIELD Having exposed several color plates of the wonderful alpine meadows and of our camp, we halted to develop them in the rhododendron forest which surrounded us. Tying our black developing tent to the branches of rhododendrons in the dense shade of the large trees, then laden with wonderful pale pink flowers, I started de veloping the plates.