The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

#Ecuador produces only 0.1% of the world's #greenhouse gasses, but like many similar nations around the world, it is experiencing some of the fastest and most dramatic climate change. This young #Kichwa girl (known as #Quechua in Peru, #Inga in Colombia) lives in the shadow of the country's most famous summit, #Cotopaxi. At 5,897 m (19,347 ft), Cotopaxi is the second-highest peak in Ecaudor, one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, and hosts some of the globe's last equatorial glaciers. These glaciers supply most of the water for #Quito, the nation's capital and home to 2.7 million people. And, for the local Kichwa, the glacial outflows from Cotopaxi are the lifeblood of existence. But, this girl, the Kichwa, Quechua, Inga, and so many mountain people and places around the globe don't have a voice at the upcoming #COP21 #UNFCCC discussions in #Paris. Let's help give them one. Sign and share the petition in my profile, and help get the #mountainfacesofclimatechange in the discussions next month.

#Ecaudor produces only 0.1% of the world’s…

#Ecaudor produces only 0.1% of the world’s #greenhouse gasses, but like many similar nations around the world, it is experiencing some of the fastest and most dramatic climate change. This young #Kichwa girl (known as #Quechua in Peru, #Inga in Colombia) lives in the shadow of the country’s most famous summit, #Cotopaxi. At 5,897 m (19,347 ft), Cotopaxi is the second highest peak in Ecaudor, one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, and hosts some of the globe’s last equatorial glaciers. These glaciers supply most of the water for #Quito, the nation’s capital and home to 2.7 million people. And, for the local Kichwa, the glacial outflows from Cotopaxi are the lifeblood of existence. But, this girl, the Kichwa, Quechua, Inga, and so many mountain people and places around the globe don’t have a voice at the upcoming #COP21 #UNFCCC discussions in #Paris. Let’s help give them one. Sign and share the petition in my profile, and help get the #mountainfacesofclimatechange in the discussions next month. #mountainpartnership @welovemountains @everydayclimatechange #liveyouradventure @climatereality #facesofclimatechange #cop21paris @smanuelli

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November 12, 2015 (4:47 pm)

November 12, 2015 (4:47 pm) Simikot, Humla, Nepal View this photo in Jake Norton & MountainWorld’s Instagram ⇒

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Wishing a big Happy Birthday today to…

Wishing a big Happy Birthday today to my friend and hero, Dr. Tom #Hornbein. Tom is most well known for his groundbreaking, audacious ascent of the West Ridge of #Everest on May 22nd, 1963, with Willi #Unsoeld. Theirs was a climb for the record books: it was the first time anyone went to the highest Himalaya and deliberately targeted the hardest route they could find rather than the easiest way to the top. The difficulty of their route was shown on their summit day; Tom and Willi quickly reached a point from where they could not turn back, and had to go for the summit and descend a route they had never seen. Theirs was the first ascent of the West Ridge, the first traverse of Mount Everest, and it ushered in a whole new era in Himalayan mountaineering. Amazingly, however, that is but a small part of all that Tom has packed into his 85 years. He has raised an amazing family, was head of anesthesiology at University of Washington for 40 years, and has inspired generations of climbers and adventurers worldwide. So, here’s to Tom, and many more birthdays to come! | This photo was taken during one of our interviews with Tom during the creation of our award-winning film on the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, #highandhallowed. #liveyouradventure #tomhornbein #williunsoeld #AMEE #westridge @eddiebauer @davidcmorton @jimaikman

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I’ve always been a huge fan of…

I’ve always been a huge fan of #history, especially the history of great exploration. I’ve been fortunate to follow in the footsteps – and help tell the stories – of #Everest pioneers #Mallory and #Irvine, #Hornbein and #Unsoeld, and others. Of those many incredible early expeditions, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917 – led by Sir Ernest #Shackleton – was one I was dying to interact with firsthand. In 2004, I got my chance when #DaveHahn invited me to guide with him (and Dierdre Galbraith) a crossing of South Georgia, following the path pioneered by Shackleton, #Worsley, and #Crean in 1916. Unlike them, we had near-perfect weather for the job, and we knew where to go, we had GPS and maps and food and supplies and crampons. Oh, and we hadn’t spent the previous two years icebound in #Antarctica and sailing a dinghy (the James Caird) across 800 miles of treacherous ocean. Despite our advantages, the crossing was still far from simple: the rugged terrain, fierce #katabatic winds, long distances, and vast remoteness of the area all taking their toll. But, we made it, and I gained yet more appreciation and respect for Shackleton, his teammates, and all the early explorers of the world; while far from perfect, they embodied a pride and ethic and profound toughness that is an increasing rarity today. We can all learn from the pages of history. | In this photo, a line of #lenticular #cloud points the way forward from the #Trident past #Antarctic Bay, across the #Crean and #Fortuna Glaciers, and on toward #Stromness, far out of view. #liveyouradventure #southgeorgia #southgeorgiaisland #greatsouthernocean #explore #exploration #ernestshackleton #sirernestshackleton

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Wishing a big Happy Birthday to my…

Wishing a big Happy Birthday to my friend, @eddiebauer teammate, and colleague #DaveHahn today. I’ve quite literally spent years in the high mountains with Dave. Dave was my guide on my second climb of #Rainier in 1988; we became colleagues at @rmiexpeditions in 1993, guiding on Rainier and also #McKinley / #Denali together. We’ve been on 6 #Everest expeditons together (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012) and the one when we weren’t, we ended up meeting on the summit, me from the Northeast Ridge and Dave from the Southeast. Dave was kind enough to let me assist him in 2004 retracing the #Shackleton route across South Georgia. This photo was taken in 2004 at about 24,500 feet on the North Ridge of Everest during our third search for answers to the mystery of #Mallory and #Irvine (#Cholatse is prominent in the background, and #Gyachung Kang and #Cho #Oyu can be seen in the distance). I can’t say enough good about Dave: he’s the consummate guide, tough, diligent, and dedicated, and there’s few in the world I’d tie into a rope with as quickly. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hahn! #liveyouradventure #malloryandirvine #chooyu #gyachungkang #mounteverest #everydayasia #everydaynepal #everydaytibet

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A great day with wonderful friends on…

A great day with wonderful friends on a spectacular route: @davidcmorton @charley.mace and Brent Bishop on the uber-aesthetic Southwest Ridge Of Mt. #Aspiring, New # Zealand. #liveyouradventure

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#tbt to 8 years ago today. We…

#tbt to 8 years ago today. We were wrapping up the incredible #EverestRocks trek to #Everest #Basecamp and Kala Pattar with an inspiring group of trekkers, musicians, and #cancer survivors, all raising money for cancer and new facilities at the #Bhaktapur Cancer Center in #Nepal. The final concert – held outside the historic, and now much-destroyed, #Hanuman #Dhoka Palace in #Durbar Square, #Kathmandu – was stunning. Estimates were that some 10,000 Nepalis and foreigners gathered in the square that night to hear performances by a diverse array of musicians: American, British, Nepali, and more. It was one of the more amazing trips to Nepal I have had, and made even more so by the $300,000 plus that was raised to help fight cancer in Nepal. Great memories… #KalaPattar @officialslimjimphantom #thefixx @glenntilbrook @lovehopestrengthfoundation #JemsPradhan #YogeshworAmatya #MikePeters #TheAlarm @shannonhenn @squeezeogram #jamiewestoram #everydaynepal #everydayasia @directionkathmandu #dktm @nepalphotoproject @nepalphotography @nepalpiclibrary #HelpCarryTheLoad #nepaliloveyou

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A beautiful morning just out having fun on the #Kelso Ridge of #Torreys Peak. Old Man #Winter is showing his face finally, with fresh snow in the high country and blizzard conditions up high. But, #sunrise was a nice show!

A beautiful morning just out having fun…

A beautiful morning just out having fun on the #Kelso Ridge of #Torreys Peak. Old Man #Winter is showing his face finally, with fresh snow in the high country and blizzard conditions up high. But, #sunrise was a nice show! #liveyouradventure #colorado

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The #Rwenzori Mountains – #Ptolemy’s “Mountains of…

The #Rwenzori Mountains – #Ptolemy’s “Mountains of the Moon” – in southwest #Uganda are one of the most stunning, lush, vibrant, and harsh landscapes I’ve ever had the honor of traveling and climbing in. The first ascent of many of the peaks was – as happened quite a bit in that time – done by the Duke of #Abruzzi in 1906. They climbed all the major snowy peaks that year, but were also focused on documenting the landscape and its wonders. As part of that mission, the team took great pains to document the #equatorial #glaciers of the range; in 1906, the Rwenzori had 43 distinct, named glaciers covering roughly 7.5 square kilometers – equal to one-half the total glaciated terrain in all of #Africa. Ninety-nine years later, in 2005, fewer than half those glaciers remained, and those that did covered only 1.5 square kilometers. Today, their coverage is less than 1 square kilometer. Logic leads us to the conclusion that, before long, the Rwenzori – which feed Lake Albert, which in turn feeds the White #Nile – will have no glaciers left. These glaciers – and the remarkable flora and fauna which lie below – are but some of the many casualties of #climatechange. Please, if you have not already, please sign and SHARE the petition linked in my profile (http://chn.ge/1Lm8Fpk). If we get 5,000 signatures by November 29, the @unitednations will be compelled to include mountains, mountain ecosystems, and mountain peoples in their #climateaction resolutions at #COP21. So, please, sign, share, and share again – #mountainsmatter. Thank you. | In this photo, peaks of the Rwenzori are reflected in #Kitandara Lake. #UNFCCC #mountainpartnership #everdayafrica #rwenzorimountains #cop21paris2015 #cop21paris #mountainmatters #climatechangeisreal #WeLoveMountains #ClimateAction #Action2015 #everydayAfrica #liveyouradventure #climatechangeisreal #glacialrecession #mountainsofthemoon

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#Pope #Francis, the #Dalai #Lama, and #Muslim…

#Pope #Francis, the #Dalai #Lama, and #Muslim religious leaders have all recently called upon their followers to take action against #climatechange. The vast majority of scientists agree our changing #climate is a huge and pressing issue. Those logical, pragmatic, and courageous politicians at home and abroad have likewise stepped up to the plate, acknowledging that we as a global community must take action, and soon. Sadly, those with the smallest voice are those most greatly affected by climate change: #mountain peoples and environments. According to numerous studies, glaciers in the #Himalaya are retreating at an alarming rate. This leads to increased melt, higher risk of glacial lake outburst floods (#GLOF), stunted agricultural production, and myriad challenges not only for those living in the #Himalaya, but also by at least 1.3 billion downstream. The good news is we can help. We need to get 5,000 signatures by November 29 on the petition (link in profile) to ensure the @unitednations includes mountains, mountain peoples, and mountain environments in their upcoming climate change agendas. Please sign and share; as the @dalailama said: “This is not a political matter, not a religious matter, but ultimately [about] the survival of humanity.” | In this photo, taken on the summit of Mount #Everest, the Kangshung Glacier winds eastward past the massifs of #Lhotse, #Makalu, #Chomolhunzo, and more. #Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, can be seen in the distance. #ClimateAction #MountainsMatter #mountainmatters @welovemountains #mountainpartnership #UNFCCC #COP21 #climatechangeisreal #liveyouradventure #icimod

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