The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

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Nearing the summit of #Kilimanjaro at sunrise…

Nearing the summit of #Kilimanjaro at sunrise on a stunning morning. We’ve nearly hit our goal of $19,340 for @charitywater and their work in the #Sahel. Thank you to all who have donated!

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Tomorrow morning we begin climbing for #water…

Tomorrow morning we begin climbing for #water up #Kilimanjaro. We’ll be climbing via a route I’ve not been on, the #Rongai Route from the north side; it’ll be great to see a new side of this beautiful mountain. And, huge thanks to ask so far who have supported our goal of raising $19,340 for @charitywater – as of this writing, we’re at $13,761.74! Every penny is going directly to #charitywater and their work in the #Sahel. Onward!

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Missing these two already, not to mention…

Missing these two already, not to mention my amazing wife, @wendebvalentine. It gets harder to leave on trips with each passing year, knowing that in my absence irreplaceable moments are passing, never to coke again. But, on the bright side, I’m off on another great fundraising expedition, this time to #Kilimanjaro to raise money for @charitywater with a great team. We’re hoping to raise $19,340 for charity:water’s #Sahel campaign, which would bring the #Challenge21 total to over $300,000 raised for safe #water and #sanitation. I’ll miss Wende and the kids terribly, but console myself, as I reminded them on the way to school this morning, that in the words of George #Mallory in 1921 on #Everest: “Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars. ” #charitywater #liveyouradventure

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A year ago, @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I…

A year ago, @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I were stumbling through three feet of fresh #monsoon snow down the #Gangotri Glacier, retreating from an attempt on #Chaukhamba IV, and beginning our journey down the #Ganges River, source to sea. Great memories from an amazing adventure, and psyched to see our film on the story coming together! @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #Surface @natgeo #GangaS2S

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Harvey Carter's First Ascent Records at the American Alpine Club Library

Harvey T. Carter’s climbing archive

When I first met him, I was pretty sure he was just a random drunk wandering around the Garden of …

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The locals are back for some yummy…

The locals are back for some yummy grass before the winter. Nice to see the big guy completely unconcerned as always. #elk #Evergreen #frontyardzoo #nowthatsarack

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Off to the Mongo Ridge

In 1958, my great uncle, Roe Duke Watson, made the first ascent of the West Peak of Mount Fury in …

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Challenge21 – Kilimanjaro 2014

As many of your know, since 2011 I’ve launched 5 expeditions to mountains around the world, from the Rwenzori Mountains …

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Early morning in the tranquil harbor of…

Early morning in the tranquil harbor of Henry Island in the San Juans.

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Wishing a big Happy Birthday to #India…

Wishing a big Happy Birthday to #India on this Independence Day. This photo, from #Ganga #aarti in #Rishikesh, reminds me of the reference people have for the mighty #Ganges, and the importance of the river to India, physically and spiritually.
As #Jawaharlal #Nehru said: “The Ganga…is the river if India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.” May #Modi remain true to his promise to protect the Ganga and bring her back to greatness. @pedromcbride @davidcmorton @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #Surface @natgeo #ambuja

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