The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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Happy World #Water Day! Often taken for…

Happy World #Water Day! Often taken for granted in the developed world, water is a rare and cherished – and limited – commodity in much of the developing world. Some 800 million globally live without regular access to safe water, and over 2 billion people don’t have adequate #sanitation in their lives. And, without water and sanitation – the foundations of #development – most other development work is rendered moot. Let’s all, as a global community, work together to celebrate the bounty of water on this #WorldWaterDay, and strive to end water #poverty. | In this photo, water #drips from a local tap into a water jug in rural #Rulindo, #Rwanda. #waterpoverty #endwaterpoverty @waterforpeople #unworldwaterday #waterislife

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It’s hard to ever tire of #sunset…

It’s hard to ever tire of #sunset over #Lago #Atitlán. In the heart of the #Sololá department of #Guatemala, Atitlán was long a place of spiritual power for the #Maya, and now one of economic power through tourism for the local people and the country as a whole. But, sadly, like so many waterways, Atitlán needs help. Introduced black #bass in the 1950’s wiped out many native species and disrupted the lake’s ecology, and now dangerous blooms of #Microcystis #cyanobacteria have ravaged the lake in 2009 and again in 2015. That said, Atitlán remains a destination of intense beauty, deep culture, and wonderful history…and one well worth visiting. #liveyouradventure @wendebvalentine #lakeatitlan #lagoatitlan #travelstoke #panajachel #santacatarinapalopo

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While the idea of more sitting on…

While the idea of more sitting on a plane is not that enticing, I’m psyched to be headed with @wendebvalentine and the kids back to #Guatemala. It’ll be a great week on Lake #Atitlán and spending time with the amazing people and program of @starfish_impact. “Lake #Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but #Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” – #Aldous #Huxley, Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934) #liveyouradventure #starfishonebyone #lakeatitlan #lakeatitlanguatemala #aldoushuxley

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#Mountains have always been a place of…

#Mountains have always been a place of contemplative solitude for me, a realm which forces me out of modern-world norms and into the world where we humans have little control, and are but small parts of this stunning machine called earth. It’s a humbling place and feeling in the best of ways. On the flight home from New Zealand, I was re-reading Robert #MacFarlane’s “Mountains of the Mind”; he writes, perfectly: “Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” #liveyouradventure #robertmacfarlane #mountainsofthemind #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #newzealand #bestmountainartists

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Finishing up an awesome week in New…

Finishing up an awesome week in New #Zealand with @eddiebauer, #hiking, #training, shooting, and having a great time with teammates @coryrichards and @lynseydyer. Here, a partial #moon rises over the #glaciated slopes of Mount #Tutoko, #Fiordland National Park. #liveyouradventure #moonrise #fiordlandnationalpark #milfordsound @julianapse #andrewbydlon

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On March 13, 1961, #Ama #Dablam was…

On March 13, 1961, #Ama #Dablam was first climbed by Barry Bishop, Mike Gill, Mike Ward, and Wally Romanes as part of an expedition led by Sir Edmund #Hillary. Theirs was an impressive ascent, establishing what is now the standard route up the mountain, climbing via the Southwest Ridge. | In this photo, Ama Dablam rises behind a #Tibetan #Buddhist #chorten outside the village of #Pangboche, #Nepal. #eyesofbuddha #amadablam #climbinghistory #FirstAscent #everydayasia #everydaynepal #Buddha #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #Khumbu #solukhumbu

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The face says it all: don’t mess…

The face says it all: don’t mess with the guards near the City Palace in #Udaipur, #Rajasthan, #India. In reality, his grimace was worse than his bite, and his #scowl quickly turned to a warm smile and a shared cup of chai. #portraitmood #portrait #india_gram #indiaphotos #liveyouradventure #travelstoke #igers #indialove

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Headlamp tracks under the #stars on #Cotopaxi,…

Headlamp tracks under the #stars on #Cotopaxi, #Ecuador. It was one of our first expeditions for @eddiebauer, building the initial products that would become the #FirstAscent product line. Amazing times over the past 8 years with an incredible team of #athletes, #designers, colleagues, and friends. Always more to come! #liveyouradventure #andes #nightshot #bestmountainartists #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #volcano #mountaineering #igclimbing #climbersofinstagram

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Where are you headed this #weekend? |…

Where are you headed this #weekend? | #Flying over the #Ellsworth Mountains in #Antarctica. #liveyouradventure #travelstoke #antarctic #tgif

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And one more to #celebrate the 117th…

And one more to #celebrate the 117th #birthday of @mountrainiernp, this of @wendebvalentine up on the #Ingraham #Glacier looking out at #sunrise behind Little #Tahoma Peak. #mountrainer #nps #liveyouradventure #mountainlove #WeLoveMountains #mountrainiernationalpark

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