The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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Just kinda caught my eye tonight as…

Just kinda caught my eye tonight as I drove from #Albuquerque to #Bernalillo under a vivid #sunset. #roadsideattraction #conoco

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Day 1 of the #challengeonnaturephotography, and a…

Day 1 of the #challengeonnaturephotography, and a #tbt to September, 2006, in far western #Tibet. I was leading a dream trip ostensibly to climb #Gurla #Mandhata (which we did), but we also built in some dream destinations: a sacred #kora around Mt. #Kailash, a visit to #Tirthapuri, and several days in the canyon country of the ancient kingdom of #Guge. Beginning in the 10th Century, Guge ruled over vast swaths on territory, and had their capital here in the dramatic canyons of #Tholing and #Tsaparang. Amidst these towering walls of crumbling stone are vast tunnel systems, many meditation caves, monasteries, and the palace of Tsaparang. It’s a place of great history and mystery, a seat of spiritual energy and sadness at the losses from the Cultural Revolution. And, I can only imagine the changes (both good and bad) that have come in the decade since I was there with paved roads, intense development, and an influx of Han Chinese. | In this photo, a late monsoon #thunderstorm douses the canyons with needed rain as sunset paints the #desert sky. #everydaytibet #liveyouradventure #westtibet #bestmountainartists #WeLoveMountains #landscape

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Sometimes a morning run just has to…

Sometimes a morning run just has to stop so you can admire the beauty you’re immersed in. Stunning sunrise this morning with #cloud, fog, peaks, and #color on #Bergen Peak. #liveyouradventure #natureamazesme

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An early #TBT and a big happy…

An early #TBT and a big happy birthday wish to a couple of American climbing legends: Jim and Lou #Whittaker. On May 1, 1963, Big Jim became the first #American to reach the summit of Mount #Everest, climbing with the late Ngawang #Gombu. While his twin brother, Lou, never made the summit of Mount Everest, he has made massive contributions to American mountaineering. He organized and led the first American attempt on the north side of Mount Everest in 1982, and returned again in 1984 when Phil Ershler reached the summit by a new route. In 1989, who led an expedition to the north wall of Kanchenjunga, putting many climbers on top. Lou also founded and ran for many years @rmiexpeditions , the country’s largest guide service and one where climbing @ed_viesturs cut his teeth early on. And, it was Lou who first inspired and encourage me to get into climbing when I met him in 1984 at age 10 when this photo was taken. So, a big happy birthday to Lou and Jim, and here’s to many more years of love, laughter, and adventure! #happybirthday #bigjim #louwhittaker #Rainier #everest1963

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Wishing a big, happy #Losar to all…

Wishing a big, happy #Losar to all my friends in #Nepal, #Tibet, #India, and elsewhere around the #world. May the year of the monkey be more kind, prosperous, and full of #compassion than the year of the sheep! | In this photo, an elderly #Tibetan woman praise in front of the #Potala Palace in #Lhasa, Tibet. Tashi #delek! #happylosar #happylosar2016 #yearofthemonkey #portraitmood #portrait #liveyouradventure #everydayasia #everydaytibet @dalailama #tashidelek

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#Taboche and the setting #moon, #Khumbu, #Nepal….

#Taboche and the setting #moon, #Khumbu, #Nepal. A stunning mountain from almost any angle, it is one of the more captivating peaks as you trek through the #Everest valley. #mondaymountain #monochrome #liveyouradventure #tawoche #nepaliloveyou #bestmountainartists #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #mountainlovers #mountainlife

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Across #Africa, #lion populations have been in…

Across #Africa, #lion populations have been in a serious and dangerous decline. According to #IUCN, in the years 1993-2014, the lion population decreased some 43%, with an estimated 20,000 remaining in the wild. Much of this loss has come from habitat loss, as well as retaliation by local people after lions take their cattle, camels, or other livestock. Long term, #climatechange will also have an effect, changing water courses and rain patterns and increasing lion – human conflict. Yet, the iconic lion is critical to the ecosystems they inhabit, providing a natural check to the dominant herbivores like zebra and wildebeest. In northern #Kenya, we surprised this young female resting in the early morning light not far from the #Ewaso #Ng’iro River in #Samburu National Reserve. Here, great organizations like Ewaso Lions are helping save the remaining 2,000 lions in Kenya by working collaboratively with local populations to educate, adjust, and conserve. #liveyouradventure #iucnredlist #everydayafrica #ewasolions #Ewasonyiro #wildlife #NatureAddict #nature #africanamazing #wildlifephotos @wildlifeplanet

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Happy Birthday (and a #tbt) to a…

Happy Birthday (and a #tbt) to a great friend, Tap Richards! Tap and I started guiding together on Mount #Rainier back in 1993 for @rmiexpeditions, doing laps on Rainier and climbing #Denali at the same time in 1995. Later on, working for @internationalmountainguides, we made it to #Everest for the 1999 #Mallory & #Irvine Research Expedition. A trip that surprised and inspired us all, @conrad_anker discovered the remains of George Mallory at nearly 27,000 feet on the North Face of Everest on May 1, 1999. While the expedition didn’t solve the mystery, we were able to tell a lot more about the duo’s final days and hours. Tap and I – along with others from ’99 – returned to Everest in 2001 to search for more clues, finding few. Tap, Dave Hahn, Jason Tanguay, & Andy Politz nearly made the summit that year, but abandoned the climb to instead save 4 lives and make one of the highest rescues in climbing history (and earning the David A. #Sowles Award from @americanalpine). Tap made the summit of Everest in 2006 with his wife, Heidi. More than all that, though, Tap is a dedicated and inspired soul who never ceases to prove himself in any endeavor, be it climbing, guiding, making stunning furniture, helping the people of #Nepal, or being a husband and father. Happy Birthday, Tap – hope to see you sometime soon! | In this photo, Tap and I stand at Mushroom Rock, 28,050 feet, on the Northeast Ridge of Everest on May 17, 1999. This was our turnaround point on that expedition – close, but no cigar. #happybirthday #tibet #mounteverest #mushroomrock #throwback #malloryandirvine

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#Kanchenjunga (aka #Kangchendzönga), the world’s third highest…

#Kanchenjunga (aka #Kangchendzönga), the world’s third highest peak, sits on the border between #Sikkim and #Nepal. Only a bit shorter than #Everest – and much more difficult by the standard route – #Kanch has seen only a fraction of the number of ascents as Everest, and fewer even than #K2, the world’s second highest peak. It was first climbed on May 26, 1955, by a British team including George Band (he’d be 87 today), Joe Brown, Tony Streather, and Norman Hardie, and wasn’t climbed again for 22 years. A stunning and sacred peak, Kanchenjunga means “Five Treasure Houses of Snow” for its five primary summits (all over 8000 meters), and is considered a home of the diety Dzö-nga a location of a sacred #beyul, or magical valley. It is also one of the peaks that inspired me early on when some of climbing heroes, then mentors, and now colleagues, climbed the North Wall in 1989: @ed_viesturs, George Dunn, Craig van Hoy, Greg Wilson, Larry Nielson, and Phil Ershler summitting under the leadership of Lou #Whittaker. An enchanting mountain I’d love to climb one day. | In this photo, the peak is seen at sunset from #Pelling, Sikkim, #India. #liveyouradventure #bestmountainartists #mountainlove #WeLoveMountains #himalaya #everydayasia #everydaynepal #everydayindia #indiapictures #indiaphotos #india_gram

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A place of mystery and beauty, which,…

A place of mystery and beauty, which, for the non-Hindu, is an odd mixture of welcoming and standoff-ish, #Pashupatinath is my favorite place to sit, watch, learn, and enjoy in #Kathmandu. And, much of my pleasure at #Pashupati comes from spending time with various #sadhus, or #Hindu holy men. Like the place, sadhus are often a conundrum, covered in ash, wearing little more than a loin cloth, smoking copious amounts of #hashish, and then (often) speaking in good English about their global travels and worldviews. If you’re in Kathmandu, make a visit. #Nepal #dktm #nepalphotoproject #everydaynepal #portrait #portraitmood #everydayasia #everydaynepal

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