John Mock & Kimberley O'Neil

1994 John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil on Darkot An (4650m), Ghizar, Northern Pakistan Lukpe Lawo or Snow Lake, one of the world's largest glacial basins seen from Hispar La, Baltistan, Northern Pakistan 2000 John Mock on Ghidims Pass South (5,650 metres), Shimshal, Gojal, Northern Pakistan 2000 Kimberley O'Neil on Mai Dur Pass (5,700 metres), Shimshal, Gojal, Northern Pakistan
"There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experiences of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate, no cosmic catastrophe can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if for one moment in eternity we have really lived." Eric Shipton

John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil are award-winning guidebook authors and consultants, based in Yosemite National Park. Their love of mountains extends to Pakistan and Afghanistan where they have reconnoitered new trekking routes and crossed dozens of major passes and glaciers during the past thirty years, logging more than 10,000 kilometers, 60 passes, and 50 glacier traverses. Two of their expeditions have been supported by Shipton-Tilman grants from W.L. Gore & Associates.

The Karakoram, Hindukush and Pamir have been their second home for many years. They have coauthored and contributed to numerous travel guidebooks for Lonely Planet Publications, and consulted on tourism development and promotion, ecotourism, protected area management and wildlife conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Aga Khan Foundation (Afghanistan), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), IUCN-The World Conservation Union, and the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

John Mock, Ph.D., specializes in South Asian languages and literature and taught Urdu and Hindi at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His main research is on the oral traditions of the Wakhi people of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan and has received major support from the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship program, the Christensen Fund, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar program.

Please see their Consulting Services, and John Mock's curriculum vitae and Kimberley O'Neil's résumé to learn more.

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