National Geographic : 1984 Aug
On Assignment THE EXHILARATION of the climb was soon balanced with a perilous descent for senior assis tant editor Charles McCarry and photographer George F. Mobley (right), who scaled the 10,474-foot summit of the highest of the Japan Alps, cloud-swathed Kita-dake. When a sudden winter storm forced them down early, their group became lost, and it was the woods savvy of Mobley-a north ern Californian who has back packed in the Siskiyous, Cascades, and Sierras-who found the trail. The Japanese guides delighted in Mobley's six-foot-two frame and flowing beard. The photogra pher admits that a guide jokingly complained "that he had to take two steps for every one of mine." A veteran of a score of trips to Japan, McCarry also teamed with Mobley for a 1976 GEOGRAPHIC article on the Kyoto and Nara region. "There is an affinity between a Japanese who creates superb pottery in Kyoto and one who climbs a mountain," he says. "Both achievements involve harmony of mind and body." In addition to his nine GEOGRAPH IC articles, McCarry has written nine books, both novels and nonfiction. ROAMING the Rockies for his article on Colorado was almost like a homecoming for senior writer Mike Edwards, who hiked the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada for a 1979 GEOGRAPHIC article. "You really don't have to interview folks in the West," he says. "You just introduce your self and they start talking." Edwards found that former President Gerald R. Ford was no exception when they met (left) in Beaver Creek, where the Fords maintain a home. Such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Connors, Cliff Robertson, and Henry Mancini were competing in the Jerry Ford Celebrity Cup ski race. "But what he really wanted to talk about was what a great place Colorado is to raise a family," Edwards recalls. A 15-year veteran on the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC staff, Edwards has also written on the Pacific Crest Trail, California's Monterey Peninsula, Montana, Pakistan, and Shang hai. "If I had my druthers, I'd spend half my time in the West and half in Asia," says Ed wards, who served as a Peace Corps staff member in Afghanistan. He is currently work ing on an article on the Moguls of India.