Dr. Brackenbury is an avid mountaineer and rock climber. He has organized or been a team member of numerous climbing and photography expeditions throughout the world. Dr. Brackenbury is an award-winning photographer, and enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction books. His first book Yak Butter and Black Tea was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 1997, and received favorable reviews from a number of prestigious publications, including the New York Times. He has written for a number of magazines and Newspapers, and presently writes for Culture Magazine, Hong Kong. Dr. Brackenbury was a contributing photographer for the coffee table book Daughters of Asia, and his latest book, The last Paradise on Earth, which is a photographic odyssey of the Irrawaddy River in Burma, was recently published by Flame of the Forest in Singapore. Dr. Brackenbury enjoys public speaking and especially giving slide show presentations with pictures he has taken around the world. He has lectured to audiences in book stores, universities, Rotary clubs and other private groups throughout the North America and Asia.