The Ancient Tea Horse Road

Jeff Fuch: Ancient Tea Horse RoadMy friend Jeff Fuchs is going to be in town this weekend (September 13) showing photographs and doing a talk to promote his new book “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” (Viking Canada). It’s a book of text and photographs recounting the 6000 kilometer trek through the Himalayas that Jeff lead in 2006, following an ancient tea trading route that is now almost forgotten.

Hell of a trip. Here’s the book description from Amazon:

The Ancient Tea Horse Road winds its way through some of the most unforgiving terrain on earth. Over seven gruelling months, Canadian Jeff Fuchs took on the challenge of following traditional muleteers along this twelve-hundred-year-old route. Documenting his travels in rich and eloquent detail, with stunning photography, Fuchs brings to life a path that has been an escape route, trade highway, and an adventure destination, battling frostbite, snow blindness, and hunger along the way.

Fortunately you won’t need any mules or snow glasses to enjoy his talk and outstanding photographs on Saturday night. And there will be tea; the good people from Camellia Sinensis will be there, providing tea service.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Café des Arts, 350 rue St. Paul Est (East end of Bonsecours Market)

The event is informal; sort of a mix of a vernissage and a book launch. The talk will be in English, but knowing Jeff he’ll probably swing into French, Chinese, and maybe even Spanish. Everyone is welcome and the event is free of charge.

9 thoughts on “The Ancient Tea Horse Road

  1. Depends on what you mean by “Eastern Canada.” He’s kinda/sorta from Ottawa, which is generally considered to be “Eastern Canada” unless you’re from the east coast, in which case Ottawa is practically “out west.” It’s even west of us here in Montreal. (I say kinda/sorta because he spent much of his youth in Geneva, and he lived in Montreal for most of the 1990s.)

    Jeff and I met in 1993 when we worked as photographers on the famous “virtual travel guide” that I’ve mentioned a few times. Clearly my career has skyrocketed (hey, I have a photo blog!) while he languishes in a mice-riddled hut in the mountains of China. Sure, he’s been turning out photos and articles for books and magazines ever since he moved to Asia eight or nine years ago, but I have a photo blog and Flickr account!. And sure he travels in China, Tibet, Nepal, South America, and Europe on a pretty regular basis, but I get to ride the Montreal Metro for ten hours a week!

  2. Ah yes, the famous “virtual travel guide”.

    The book should be an exceptional read. I will look for it, ummmm… unless I can convince you to purchase one and have it signed and to hold on until I meet up with you in the near future?

    I can’t get to the event as I am of all things, volunteered as the photographer at a charity golf tournament and dinner on the day. And you thought your exploits were mundane comapred to Jeff’s? However, it will involve whizzing around in a golf cart that is promised to be stocked with chilled beer. I have sworn that I would not miss it – it involves the anniversary of the passing of a good friend – for all the tea in…

  3. The missus is out of town this weekend, so seems like an ideal opportunity to gorge myself on the black stuff.

  4. I know I saw a video of this trip recently.I don’t know where. But I certainly saw him on Canada AM this week. He’s everywhere!

  5. Thanks for the book! (As you reported in today’s D.F. Wallace blog.) – Will work out a rendezvous in the near future. I promise not to bring of the Golf Tourney photos along. 200 overly green images of people holding clubs is not for everyone. Actually for no one other than those that were there… Need to work these down to equal numbers of each participant where more of their faces are visible than their arses. ;-)

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