The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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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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Wind whips post-monsoon snow across the slopes…

Wind whips post-monsoon snow across the slopes of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest #peak at 8,201 meters or 26,906 feet. The first real attempt on the mountain was made by the British in 1952 (in preparation for the 1953 #Everest expedition), led by famed climber Eric #Shipton. They didn’t get very far, though, with George Lowe and Edmund #Hillary being turned around at 6,650 meters by avalanche conditions. Two years later, in 1954, and #Austrian expedition had better luck. On October 19, 1954, Herbert #Tichy, Joseph #Jöchler and Pasang Dawa Lama (#Sherpa) reached the summit via the Northwest Ridge, which is now the standard route on the mountain. While considered one of the easiest of the 14 – #8000m peaks, Cho Oyu claimed many lives in the early days: the second ascent, in 1958, claimed 1 climber; four more dies in an avalanche in 1959; and 1964 saw another 2 climbers perish on the mountain. This photo was taken in late-September, 1997, while guiding my first expedition to Cho Oyu. #chooyu #Tibet #8000ers #liveyouradventure #himalaya #everydayasia #everydaytibet #china #edmundhillary

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According to #Hindu legend, it was the…

According to #Hindu legend, it was the ancient king #Bhagiratha who prayed to Lord #Shiva to bring the goddess #Ganga down from the heavens so he could honor his deceased relatives. Shiva obliged, catching the river goddess is his matted dreadlocks and setting her free…but with a warning, that he could not control her power and fury now that she was free. Revered for millennia, Maa Ganga has been showing her strength in recent years, with alternating floods and droughts wreaking havoc in equal measure. Perhaps it is the goddess flexing her muscles, and showing her disapproval for the abuse cast upon her: horrific pollution pours unhindered into her waters; the effluvia of millions of Indians flows unchecked to her shores; dams and diversions and barrages check her flow and disrupt her wildlife; the ashes of millions are dumped into her, her forests chopped down to provide the fuel for pyres. The #Modi government made protection and restoration of the #Ganges a campaign promise, and many words have flown about plans to help return her to former glory. But, the word appear empty, as little of substance has been done, and many more dams and barrages are planned to allow up – river navigation. Time is short for Ma Ganga; she needs to be loved physically as she is revered theologically. The future of 500 million people who depend on her hinges on it. @pedromcbride and I are nearly finished with our film about the river, Holy (un)Holy River. Stay tuned. | In this photo, @pedromcbride and @davidcmorton walk long a ridgeline below the #Bhagirathi Peaks from our camp at #Tapovan on the #Gangotri Glacier, #Uttarakhand, #India. #everydayindia #everydayasia #indiapictures #indiagram #indiapictures @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #surface @natgeo #liveyouradventure #GangaS2S

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Legendary Climbs of John Evans Now Available

“You should come up to Evergreen and have dinner with my brother, John, sometime. He’s done some big climbs over …

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