The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

The MountainWorld Blog by Jake Norton

Back at ABC

Back at ABC after becoming the first Americans to reach the top of Gurla Mandhata, on September 26, 2006!

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Live from Camp III, 23,000 feet!

Sunset call from 23,000 foot Camp II on the Chaglung'mlungha Glacier on our summit bid!

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First night at Camp I, 20,000 feet

Our first night at Camp I, 20,000 feet, on Gurla Mandhata…But the call gets cut off by satellites going out …

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Arrival at Advanced Basecamp on Gurla Mandhata!

A call from our first day at Advanced Basecamp on Gurla Mandhata!

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Driphuk Gompa, Kailash Kora

Audio from Driphuk Gompa on Day 1 of the Kailash Kora.

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From Yalbang Gompa, Humla, Nepal

Audio post from Yalbang Gompa, Humla, Nepal.

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We snuck it in…

It was one of the toughest days I've had in the mountains…any mountain, anywhere. Gurla Mandhata is, simply, not an …

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The bid begins…

Climbing in the Himalaya is always, without exception, a juggling act. You've got to balance acclimatization with storms and the …

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Altitude and solitude

We're all back down safely from our acclimatization round on the slopes of Gurla. Yesterday, we made the long trek …

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Flexibility…The name of the game…

Not many things in the mountains are certain. Altitudes are somewhat defined, the mountain does not move too quickly, and …

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