John Mock & Kimberley O'Neil

Exploration Highlights

Learn about several of their most interesting treks and expeditions in the Pamir, Hindukush and Karakoram during the past forty years.

Publication Highlights

Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor & the Afghan Pamir

Learn about their Publications on Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor & the Afghan Pamir (2006-2018).

"No American, No Gun, No BS: Tourism, Terrorism and the Eighteenth Amendment,"

The chapter "No American, No Gun, No BS: Tourism, Terrorism and the Eighteenth Amendment," by John Mock, Ph.D. appears in Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan (2011, Buy this book, ISBN 1-56549-553-5). In this book, the global scholarly community concerned with development and social transformation has identified explicit "structural impediments" that constrain countries’ efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable social development. The UNDP, in launching its Millennium Development Goals, contends that there are “practical, proven solutions” to breaking out of the poverty traps that entangle poor countries.

In Pakistan, there has been limited substantive research conducted to identify the unique blend of structural impediments to development that prevail in the country today. Indeed, Pakistan’s prospects to promote viable, sustainable social development appear bleaker today than a decade ago. Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan seeks to rectify this void by bringing together scholars and practitioners—many of them from Pakistan—to provide a scholarly understanding of the structural impediments, or barriers, that have negative effects on Pakistan’s ability to eliminate poverty, promote social justice and implement policies to promote equity. This book will be an essential tool for analysis, study and practice. Its publication is indeed a major event in South Asian scholarship.

Reviewers' Comments

"Although scholars and practitioners have identified explicit structural impediments that contrain contries' efforts to alleviate povery and promote sustainable social development, there has been limited research conducted to identify the specific barriers to development that previal in Pakistan today. The authors of Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan go far toward filling this voic, articulating the unique blend of factors that affeect Pakistan's ability to eliminate poverty and promote social justice." Lynne Rienner Publishers

"Offers congent analysis and astute observations on relevant topics…. Highly recommended." CHOICE

"Trekking in Northern Pakistan"

The chapter "Trekking in Northern Pakistan" by John Mock, Ph.D. and Kimberley O'Neil appears in Lonely Planet Publications' Pakistan & Karakoram Highway (7th ed. May 2008, Buy this book, ISBN 1-74104-542-8).

Pakistanis' Comments, June 2008
  • "We appreciate your professional contributions towards tourism promotion in Pakistan particularly for the Northern Areas mountain communities who benefited and expect for the better future of tourism. Book cover is so attractive, presenting the best of its own." Saeed Jan, Misgar
  • "Your works are great and commendable." Fazal Amin Beg, Gulmit
  • "Congratulation to the new edition of LP ... Bohut Acha." Maqsood ul Mulk, Chitral
  • "I am thankful to inform me about your new adition. I congratate you and your success. I have seen your new aditon in Madina with some tourists [who] came from England and looked its some pages too." Yaqoob, Gilgit
  • "I [would] like to congratulate for the 7th edition of Lonely Planet, Pakistan and the Karkoram Highway." Ejaz ullah Baig, Baltit
  • "I congratulate you on the publication of [the] new updated edition of Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway. We highly appericiate your contribution in promoting tourism in Northern Areas." Ghadir Shah, Passu

Winners of the 2002 National Outdoor Book Award

John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil were awarded the 2002 National Outdoor Book Award in the Adventure Guidebook Category in Honor of Outstanding Writing in the Outdoor Field for the 1st edition of Hiking in the Sierra Nevada.

Other Endeavors

Wakhan Declared Afghanistan's Second National Park

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) published in its June 2014, No. 82 issue of The Mountain Protected Areas UPDATE:

"The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Afghanistan Government's recent declaration establishing the entire Wakhan District, one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan, as the nation's second national park. The Wakhan National Park, with its beautiful alpine grasslands and craggy mountains, will provide protection for Afghanistan's rare and vulnerable wildlife such as the snow leopard, Marco Polo sheep, lynx, Himalayan ibex and urial. This new protected area will be co-managed by the Afghanistan Government and local communities, providing livelihoods related to the park and improved services to one of the poorest and most isolated regions on earth. The new park, just over 1 million hectares or 4,200 square miles, is in Afghanistan's far northeast, and borders Tajikistan, Pakistan and China; its narrow valley landscape is sandwiched between the Pamir and Hindu Kush Mountains. This huge new protected area is about 25 percent bigger than Yellowstone National Park. Network members John Mock, Ph.D. and Kim O'Neil, and George Schaller have been working toward this end. This is indeed good news!"

Yosemite National Park Fire and Aviation Management Outstanding Achievement Award

Yosemite National Park Fire and Aviation Management Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil in recognition of their procuring funds and conducting hazard fuel reduction projects to potentially reduce the threat of catastrophic wildlife to the community of Yosemite West (2013). Read more.

John Mock Becomes a Getty Images Artist

As of August 1, 2012 John Mock’s creative images are managed exclusively by Getty Images as part of the Lonely Planet Images collection. If you want to view, search for, license and/or download images, just enter the photographer's name (john+mock) into the search box on Getty Images website – or take a look here.

2016 Lectures & Conferences

John was invited to the international conference, "Art & Religions in Pre-Islamic Central Asia", held at the Polish Institute of World Art Studies and the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków in October 2016.

John presented a paper, "Sociolinguistic Perspective on Language and Governance in Gilgit-Baltistan: Background, Concepts and Issues" at a workshop on Law and Governance in Gilgit-Baltistan held at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies, Nantes, France, April 26-28, 2016.

John gave a talk entitled The Tibetan Empire in the Afghan Pamir: Recent Discoveries from Wakhan on April 29, 2016 at the East Asian Civilisations Research Centre (CRCAO) at the Collège de France, Paris, France. He spoke about Wakhan, the remote north-eastern district of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province, and its intimate connection with the historical Silk Roads.

Wakhan’s historical archeology is known largely from Aurel Stein’s visit in 1906 and less so from the work of Austrian, German, French and American teams in the early 1970s, who were more focused on natural science and left the sites mentioned by Stein largely unvisited. Stein’s central focus in Wakhan was on the 747 CE battle between forces of the Tibetan and Tang Chinese empires. During five trips to Wakhan John was able to re-visit all sites described by Stein and locate several new, previously unknown sites. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Mock expanded upon Stein’s descriptions and present an initial analysis of the new finds. These include the site of Lien-yün, which Stein discussed but was unable to definitively locate, Tibetan-style fort complexes and watchtowers, and several Old Tibetan rock inscriptions, some with inscribed dates. These materials suggest tentative answers to questions raised by Stein and offer new information on the Tibetan Empire in Wakhan, Balur and Central Asia.

Kansir fort, Wakhan, Afghanistan

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