The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

Bob Bates

Bob Bates: 1911-2007…The Passing of a Legend

It was with sadness that this morning, through my friend Greg Glade who runs the excellent Top of the World …

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Lila Valentine Norton

A new addition, a new Everest…

Some of you may have noticed that my posts the last three weeks have been less-regular than usual. And, for …

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It’s not about records…even when you’re setting them!

My cousin Jenn Pharr is, to put it rather bluntly, a bad ass. A Division I tennis player in college, …

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Noel Odell, 1924

Noel Odell’s final view of Mallory & Irvine, June 8th, 1924

As many of you know, the mystery of Mallory & Irvine has been a major part of my life and …

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Monday Motivation from Robert Pirsig

I’ve climbed Mount Rainier now nearly 90 times, and when people hear that, they usually either (a) question my sanity …

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1938 High Camp Discovery on Mount Everest

   Back in 2004 on the third Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition, Dave Hahn and I scoured the upper mountain …

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The Absurdity of Everest

Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No…and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction…fulfilled a destiny. To struggle and to understand — never this last without the other; such is the law.

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Noah Mckelvin

Many dream, but few make it happen

There are only a handful of people who have climbed all of the world’s fourteen 8000 meter peaks. Reinhold Messner …

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T-KFT-S-0128: Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

T-KFT-S-0128, originally uploaded by MountainWorld. A yak skull graces a chorten atop Chokpo Ri hill near the Potala Palace, Lhasa, …

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Inspiring thoughts for a Monday…

I always like to begin my week with some inspirational thoughts, quotes, passages. Mondays are notoriously difficult as we return …

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