Location Map of Earth Science Expeditions First Descents
map above and all maps in the following journals are
Links to Journals of Previous Expeditions in Tibet and China
Many of these are long files that you may want to download and read offline or print and read at your leisure. Links to other pages (such as pictures, geology/geography or other journals) are at the end of each journal.
1994: Yangbi River, Yunnan
First Descent by Pete Winn
1995: Yong Bao Gorge of the Mekong, Yunnan
Dragon's Teeth by Steve Van Beek
Thrills and Danger During First Expedition of the Lancang by Fred St Goar
First Descent of the Yong Bao Gorge of the Mekong by Pete Winn
1996: Yong Bao Gorge of the Mekong, Yunnan, 1996
Down the Mighty Mekong by Lori Golze
1997: Man Wan Gorge of the Mekong, Yunnan
Bigger Than the Grand Canyon by Marion Softky
First Descent - Rafting a Wild River in China by Steve Van Beek
First Descent of the Man Wan Gorge of the Mekong by Pete Winn
1999: Mekong Headwaters, Qinghai
The Search for the Source of the Mekong by Pete Winn
2000: Salween Headwaters, Tibet
By River Through a Wounded Land by Gordon Bare
First Descent of the Nu River by Phillip Wegener Kantor
First Descent of the Salween Headwaters by Pete Winn
2002: Lhasa River Headwaters and Yarlung Tsangpo, Tibet
2003: Rivers of the Gongga Shan Area, Sichuan
Kayaking in the Gongga Shan Area by Travis Winn
First Descent of the Mekong in Tibet by Pete Winn.
Reflections on leaving the Mekong in Tibet by Travis Winn.
Rafting in China - The Glory and the Dream by Shui Jiaojie, translated by Nan Hettig.
First Chinese Descent of the Grand Canyon in Arizona by Mike Bao & Liu Li, translated by Hanli Liu.
Since 2008, Last Descents has been running commercial river trips on the Mekong and Yangtze headwaters in Qinghai in the summer and the Salween in Yunnan in the spring. Trips on the Great Bend of the Yangtze are no longer possible due to large dams, and trips for non-Chinese in Tibet have not been possible since 2011 due to government restrictions, though this may change in the future.