The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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Sending happy birthday wishes to His Holiness,…

Sending happy birthday wishes to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who turns 81 today. He’s spread the timeless gospel of compassion and empathy for decades, and continues to be an inspiration to so many, myself included. I hope that someday greater wisdom can permeate the frightened corners of the Chinese government, and the Tibetan right to spiritual freedom can return to the Plateau (and, to the Uighurs and so many more). I will keep my fingers crossed for that eventuality, but won’t hold my breath. #dalailama #hesnotathreat #liveyouradventure

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And, finally, a bit of proper sun…

And, finally, a bit of proper sun just at the end of the day, with waves and driftwood on the shores of Loch #Linnhe. #liveyouradventure #lgg5

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Got some nicer weather today for a…

Got some nicer weather today for a little walk in the hills above #Glencoe up the Coire nan Lochan. Kids had a great time, despite the rain, gazing at waterfalls, sweeping ridges, cloud drama, and huge slugs. Amazing terrain here in the Scottish Highlands! Definitely hoping to come back when there’s snow on the ground and ice on the rocks! #liveyouradventure #lgg5

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He never wanted the mountain named after…

He never wanted the mountain named after him. In fact, Sir George #Everest – who was born today (July 4) in 1790 – was very much in favor of finding local names for peaks surveyed under his watch as Surveyor General of #India under the Great Trigonometric Survey. However, Peak XV, identified in 1856 as the highest peak in the world after being measured by Bengali mathematician Radhanath Sikdar, had no easily identifiable local name that then Surveyor General Andrew Waugh could find. (French maps, of 1716 showed the peak as named #Chomolungma from the north in Tibet; #Sagarmatha, the now-common name from #Nepal, is a more modern addition.) Thus, in 1865, despite his protests, the Royal Geographic Society named Peak XV officially Mount Everest. Sir George Everest padded away the following year, in 1866. #liveyouradventure #everesthistory

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Fun times exploring along River #Lednock with…

Fun times exploring along River #Lednock with the kids en route to #Deil’s Cauldron. So much to see and do here in #Scotland, and the kids are in heaven in a land so different from #Colorado. #liveyouradventure #Comrie

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A nice cloud show this afternoon in…

A nice cloud show this afternoon in the village of #Comrie, #Scotland. Looking forward to exploring some of the Highlands for the next week. #liveyouradventure

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Moody morning for a run through the…

Moody morning for a run through the Lake District on the road leading to #Wast Water and #Scafell Pike. Amazing country here, and just wish I had time (and better weather) to explore some of George Mallory’s early climbs. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #wastwater #lakedistrict

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The future of all societies lies with…

The future of all societies lies with the next generation, and education is the fundamental cornerstone of that generation’s ability to succeed in all ways. Sadly, in many parts of #Tanzania, education is not a real option for kids. Poverty, family issues, discrimination, and simple lack of schools keeps many kids in the fields instead of the classroom. Fortunately, @africaschoolassistanceproject is changing that. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit #Mbasseny Primary School, built with help from ASAP, and the pride of the community and it’s 400 students. It’s truly a game changer for the local community, as students progress with excellent marks onto secondary school and beyond. So proud to be here supporting the good work of # ASAP and the people of Tanzania. Today, we’re off to #Kilimanjaro to continue climbing, fundraising, and supporting #education. If you’d like to make a donation, please do so at www.africaschoolassistanceproject.org. #liveyouradventure

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In 7 trips or so now to…

In 7 trips or so now to #Kilimanjaro, I’ve never seen her clearly from the low country here in #Moshi. But, last night, she decided to emerge from the clouds, clad in a fresh dusting of snow on her upper flanks, just in time for the last rays of sun. A great first view of the climb ahead for my friends and clients on this trip, supporting @africaschoolassistanceproject. #liveyouradventure

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Psyched to be headed back to #Tanzania…

Psyched to be headed back to #Tanzania for another climb of Mount #Kilimanjaro! I’ve got a great team of 15 clients, guiding help from my friend @sid_pattison, and an amazing staff, and best part is we’re climbing to support the critical work of @AfricaSchoolAssistanceProject and the building of new songs in rural Tanzania. Climbing the mountain view the #Rongai Route – a beautiful route, and away from the crowds of Machame and Marangu. | In this photo, Mount #Mawenzi – a satellite peak of Kili – rises from the clouds near Mawenzi Tarn Camp. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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