The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no…

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – #Rabindranath #Tagore |
A nice #sunset over #Evergreen Lake tonight. Sometimes it worth just taking the time to look, admire, wonder, and dream. #colorsofnature #clouds #lgg5 #rabindranathtagore #quote #liveyouradventure

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#Spring, trying hard to push its way…

#Spring, trying hard to push its way through the snow and #ice. #nature

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There certainly could be worse places to…

There certainly could be worse places to spend a couple days. Here, @coryrichards catches some #Kindle time while @lynseydyer admires the #sunset over Mount #Tutoko from Turner’s Bivy, New #Zealand. #liveyouradventure #mounttutoko #newzealand @eddiebauer @julianapse @andrewbydlon @anthonycerretani #bestmountainartists

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See you next time, #Guatemala! | #Lightning…

See you next time, #Guatemala! | #Lightning arcs from a #thunderhead next to #Volcan San Pedro, #Lago #Atitlán. #liveyouradventure #volcansanpedro #lightningbolt #lakeatitlan #lakeatitlanguatemala

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Today in 1948, arguably the best high…

Today in 1948, arguably the best high #altitude climber the world has ever known was born in #Poland. #Jerzy #Kukuczka was the second person – after #Reinhold #Messner – to climb all fourteen #8000-meter peaks, finishing them in 1987. Kukuczka, however, did many of them by new routes or in winter. Additionally, coming from Poland, his access to the #Himalaya was difficult; he and the “Freedom Climbers” often had to fund their expeditions by smuggling goods and traveling overland back and forth. Kukuczka died in a fall from the unclimbed South Face of #Lhotse in 1989. For more information on Jerzy and his #Polish climbing peers, read Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald. | In this photo, taken from the summit of #Everest in 2003, 3 of the #8000m peaks are visible: Lhotse, #Makalu, and #Kanchenjunga. #bestmountainartists #Nepal #freedomclimbers #liveyouradventure #everydayasia #everydaynepal

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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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