The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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Happy 117th Birthday to @mountrainiernps! An amazing…

Happy 117th Birthday to @mountrainiernps! An amazing #mountain and park that started my love of climbing, was where I cut my teeth as a guide with @rmiexpeditions, and remains one of my favorite mountains in the world. Here’s to many more years and generations to come, and to the foresight of wise individuals setting aside lands for enjoyment of all. #nationalpark #nps #nationalparks @usinterior #liveyouradventure #bestmountainartists #mountainlove #WeLoveMountains #mountrainiernationalpark #mountrainier

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One of the many proud faces of…

One of the many proud faces of #Samburu National Reserve, #Kenya, who help @elephants_save protect #elephants and other #wildlife of the region. Intelligent, passionate, and dedicated, they are making a difference in a difficult fight against #poaching and habitat loss. #portraitmood #portrait #samburunationalreserve #elephant #savetheelephants #savetheelephants­čÉś

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Sending a big Happy Birthday to @mreverest7x!…

Sending a big Happy Birthday to @mreverest7x! Long a hero of mine, I finally had the opportunity to spend time with Pete last summer in #Nepal along with his wife, @clarkliesl, and their amazing kids. While Pete’s climbing background and accomplishments are more than enough to earn hero status, it’s the #passion and #compassion he brings to the community around him that makes him a real stand out in my book. His dedication to the people and country of Nepal is pretty much bar none, and he has used his clout and reputation as a climber to contribute immensely to the history, archaeology, development, and future well-being of the entire nation. That’s perhaps best exemplified with his work in Upper #Mustang, where this time lapse was taken, where Pete has been instrumental in telling the story of the early inhabitants of the #Himalaya. Pete is a true leader, and an inspiration, who leads with his heart rather than his ego, and makes contributions in every life he touches. Happy birthday Pete – here’s to many many more. #HelpCarryTheLoad #nepaliloveyou #timelapse #peteathans

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“Of course I worry about #Ganga. She…

“Of course I worry about #Ganga. She is our life. She is our water. But here, she is clean and happy,” he said in broken English and #Hindi I could just barely decipher. “Please, more #samosa?” Here at #Devprayag, the sacred spot where the #Bhagirathi and #Alaknanda Rivers join and the #Ganges officially begins, the river does indeed look healthy and happy, with torrents of water roaring from the #Garhwal #Himalaya above. But, just miles downstream from his humble shop, #dams and #diversions, #pollution and #population take their toll, and this mighty, #sacred river suffers greatly. Along its 1500 mile course to the sea, it is more #revered and #reviled than any on earth. #GangaS2S #indiapictures #indiaphotos #india_gram #indiagram #travelstoke #reveredandreviled #liveyouradventure #portraitmood #portrait

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Stand out from the crowd this #weekend!…

Stand out from the crowd this #weekend! | A trio of #Okum boys – or King #Penguin #chicks – check out the scene at #Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island. #liveyouradventure #kingpenguin #southgeorgia #southgeorgiaisland #salisburyplain #okumboys #wildlifephotos #naturephotos #natureamazes #earthpix

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Most of the year, much of the…

Most of the year, much of the #Tibetan Plateau is a mixture of subtle browns and beiges, mottled earth tones of the high #alpine #desert. But, post-monsoon, the Plateau springs to life with a vivid, if short-lived, spray of color as the plants of this arid land burst into the song of life. | In this photo, a #drokpa, or Tibetan #nomad, walks through the hinterlands of Western #Tibet not far from Mount #Kailash. #liveyouradventure #tibetanplateau #colorsofnature #nature #everydayasia #everydaytibet

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#challengeonnaturephotography day 5: Spring blossoms and the…

#challengeonnaturephotography day 5: Spring blossoms and the snows of Ama #Dablam: always a nice view in the #Khumbu Valley of #Nepal. #liveyouradventure #amadablam #nepaliloveyou #HelpCarryTheLoad #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #bestmountainartists

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Not all #naturephotos are happy ones with…

Not all #naturephotos are happy ones with cute animals or beautiful sunsets. In 2003, I was shooting an adventure race in the #desert near #Riemvasmaak, South #Africa, when I came upon this agonizing sight: a large #gemsbok (#Oryx #gazella) caught in a rancher’s barbed wire fence. Meant of course to keep cattle in and predators out, the fence became an inadvertent death trap for many animals: I’d see about a dozen more fence casualties in the region, including more #antelope, #gazelle, and even raptors. A sad situation with no easy solution. Day 4 of the #challengeonnaturephotography. #southafrica #everydayafrica #barbedwire #wildlifephotos #wildlife #NatureAddict #naturephotos

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My grandmother would have turned 96 today,…

My grandmother would have turned 96 today, but sadly passed away last August when I was in #Nepal shooting for a @nova_pbs film on the #earthquake as well as shooting #archaeology in Upper #Mustang. Interestingly, it was her trip to Nepal during the 1990 People’s Movement, and her stories of this inspiring and wonderful country and people that really piqued my interest in visiting and learning. While I would’ve much preferred to be at her bedside when she passed, it was strangely fitting that I was instead on the other side of the world, under distant stars in the country she opened my eyes to – and which has since changed and impacted my life in deep and profound ways. Happy Birthday, Grandma. I love you. | In this still-rough #timelapse, #clouds at #sunset scatter in front of the pyramid of #Nilgiri, a prime sentinel in Upper Mustang rising high above the #Kali #Gandaki River. #challengeonnaturephotography day 3. #liveyouradventure #goneisntgone #gonebutnotforgotten #HelpCarryTheLoad #nepaliloveyou #nepalquake #timelapseworldly

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Day 2 of the #challengeonnaturephotography: He wasn’t…

Day 2 of the #challengeonnaturephotography: He wasn’t mad at the #penguins, he was mad at me. I thought I had approached quietly, respectfully, but apparently the roughly 6,000 pound southern #elephant #seal was under the impression I had eyes on his #harem, and told me in no uncertain terms to back off. I snapped a few more photos – including this one – before finding out just how fast a few tons of angry blubber can move: FAST. Fortunately, I didn’t pose enough of a threat for him to give chase for more than a few seconds, and he quickly went back to bellowing and lounging with his females as some 500,000 king penguins and countless fur seals and other wildlife mingled in the biodiverse utopia of #Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. #liveyouradventure #elephantseal #kingpenguin #penguin #wildlife #wildlifephotos #southgeorgia #southgeorgiaisland #greatsouthernocean #salisburyplain

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