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Presenting January 2012 Recce



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January 2012

Happy New Year!
I am extremely pleased to present the January issue of Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. 

This special issue of Recce celebrates the 30th anniversary of Geographic Expeditions, a trailblazing company that was conceived -- appropriately enough -- on a mountain slope in a region of China that had just been opened to Western travelers. In homage to GeoEx's own auspicious journey, the pieces in this issue explore the idea and the reality of adventure travel.
In Roundtable, the eloquent and provocative Pico Iyer reflects on the role of adventure -- not the death-defying but the life-enlarging kind -- in his own far-flung travels. In Soundings, we talk with former advertising executive Norman Brown, whose peripatetic post-retirement has produced a compelling new collection of photographs and poems, Untamed Places. In Brilliant Books, we spotlight the best travel book of 2011, Colin Thubron's poignant prose-pilgrimage, To a Mountain in Tibet. And in Fresh from the Field, we showcase an extraordinary portfolio of images by GeoEx's own beloved Vassi Koutsaftis. Finally, in Illuminations, I recall my first journey with GeoEx two decades ago, an expedition that remains a heart-quickening, wanderlust-fueling memory to this day.
You can click on the links below to read further. I hope you enjoy this special 30th anniversary issue. And if you'd like to share your own special memories of journeys with GeoEx through our first three decades, I'd love to read them
Wishing you a new year of fulfilling adventures,
Don George

Don George reminisces about his first journey with GeoEx, a rugged and heady expedition up the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to the Chinese border.


The acclaimed author of Video Night in KathmanduThe Lady and the Monk, and The Man Within My Head reflects on the manifestations -- and marvels -- of adventure in his own life, from Jerusalem to Ethiopia.

After nearly 20 years as the CEO of a major international advertising agency, Norman Brown retired to start a new chapter, exploring the
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