The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The Gangotri Glacier weaves its way for some 25 kilometers until its very start at the massif of Chaukhamba. Chaukhamba IV sits in the center of the frame.

Earth Day Wish: Look to the Mountains

Today – Earth Day 2015 – there is an ever more vocal choir of mainly unconservative conservatives decrying science and the …

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One year ago today, 16 #Sherpa were…

One year ago today, 16 #Sherpa were tragically killed in the #Khumbu
#Icefall on #Everest. It was a day that should have sparked more change than it has, more deep and meaningful conversation, reflection, and sould searching than perhaps has occurred. But, by in large, things seem to continue in the same way on the mountain, just as they did after the deaths in 1996, in 2001, in 2010, etc. We humans are often slow to learn from our mistakes, reticent to accept the lessons our individual and collective histories teach us through blood and tears. But, there is good news and good options. @davidcmorton and @melissaarnot started the Juniper Fund, which distributes badly needed funds to the families of deceased Sherpa killed in the line of duty. And, Ben Ayers and the dZi Foundation work hard every day to better the lives of Nepalis – Sherpa, #Tamang, #Rai, #Limbu, and others – hopefully undermining the desperate need to work in the mountains. Hoping today, and every day, for a safe, productive, and positive season for all my friends, colleagues, and others on Everest this spring. In this photo, Ngawang crosses one of many massive crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall in 2002.
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#Sunset casts pastels on #Ama #Dablam as…

#Sunset casts pastels on #Ama #Dablam as seen from the north: One of those magical peaks whose beauty and drama is apparent from every angle. #amadablam #himalaya #himalayas #liveyouradventure #everydaynepal #everydayasia #Khumbu #nepal

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Going through stock images today, and came…

Going through stock images today, and came across this fun one: the full #moon rises behind #Everest, #Lhotse, and #Nuptse as climbers (mainly #Sherpa carrying loads) begin to make their way through the #Khumbu #Icefall. The Milky Way is clearly visible in the night sky. This was initially shot for a timelapse, but made more sense as a single frame. It was shot today, April 14, 2012, as @davidcmorton, @charley.mace, Brent Bishop, and I were attempting the West Ridge of Everest. #liveyouradventure #mounteverest @eddiebauer #travelstoke #everydayasia #everydaynepal @nature #NatureAddict

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Beautiful morning for a good trail run…

Beautiful morning for a good trail run up Elephant Butte and some time to meditate in a quiet, peaceful place. This is my view west to #Epaulet, #Epaulie, #Rosalie, Mount #Evans, and more. #liveyouradventure #startthedayinnature #elephantbutte

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A #tbt shot from #Everest. @conrad_anker comes…

A #tbt shot from #Everest. @conrad_anker comes out of our tent at 25,600 foot Camp V on the North Ridge on April 30, 1999, the day before Conrad found the remains of George #Mallory on the north face. Great memories from 16 years ago. #georgemallory #himalaya #mounteverest #liveyouradventure @internationalmountainguides @dharmabum333 #SquareInstaPic

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Today, in 1938, the last of the…

Today, in 1938, the last of the pre-World War II #Everest expeditons arrived at #Rongbuk Basecamp. Led by H.W. “Bill” #Tillman, the expediton was small and light, and cost only about $4,000 to launch. Bad weather haunted the expediton, however, and eventually stopped their progress at about 27,400 feet. In 2004, I was able to re-discover the 1938 high camp, perched on the windswept Northeast Shoulder, far from the traditional route of today. Check out a video and description of that climb and discovery – link in my bio.
In this shot, from 1999, a monk from Rongbuk walks past a #chorten at Rongbuk #Monastery, #Tibet, with Everest’s North Face rising behind.

#liveyouradventure #billtillman #everest1938

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As I drive with the kids through…

As I drive with the kids through the #parched #desert of Western Arizona, headed toward the Mojave, I can see the realities of water needs abs climate change in this landscape…and my mind wanders to another great desert facing climate change woes: #Antarctica. As reported by #NPR recently, researchers have discovered warn seawater penetrating underneath the #Totten Glacier, one of the largest #glaciers of East Antarctica, causing rapid and frightening melting. Totten, at 75 miles long and 18 wide, contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 11 feet if it fully melted. In this photo, Peter Whittaker gazes at the vast glaciers of central Antarctica – also under threat from climate change – from high camp on #Vinson Massif.
#climatechangeisreal #liveyouradventure #climatechange @eddiebauer
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Phurba Tashi climbs the upper reaches of…

Phurba Tashi climbs the upper reaches od the Ridge on Mount on May 30, 2003. I was shooting stills and video on this trip for a wild reality TV series calles Global Extremes. Great time with a great team.
After the tragedy of last year on Everest, some teams have moved their ascents to the technically more demanding – but objectively less dangerous – North/Northeast Ridge route, which ascends via. It’s a great route, and one which I’ve been fortunate to climb on 4 times. But, it’s by no means trivial: the summit day on the Northeast Ridge begins higher (high camp is at 27,200 feet or 8200 meters), and the upper Northeast Ridge is long, involved, and at times somewhat technically demanding.
It will undoubtedly be an interesting season on Everest, and my fingers are crossed for great safety above all else @eddiebauer @studio8apps

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Excited to share stories of #Everest and finding…

Excited to share stories of and finding in one’s life and career with the students and community of Western State University in an hour. In this photo, during a pivotal expediton for me on Everest, Peter ascends toward the South Summit in 2009. @eddiebauer

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