National Geographic : 1921 Sep
302 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A THRILLING HORSEBACK RIDE ACROSS TIE MEKONG RIVER With his mount securely trussed to the rope bridge, the owner supplies his own motive power, hand over hand, as he pulls himself and beast across the chasm with the river far below. flotograpns by Jr. A. J. anelton CORACLES, OR SKIN BOATS, USED FOR CROSSING TIBETAN STREAMS Such a craft has a framework of wattles over which is stretched green yak hides. The seams are sealed with pitch, which makes the boat practically watertight. Unless a person is careful, he is liable to stick his heel through the bottom, in which case it becomes necessary for him to keep it there until the boat has reached the other shore. A coracle is propelled by a native, who puts the broad paddle far out into the water and pulls it toward him.