It’s been a busy couple of months…

Norton Accepts Post as

Washburn Museum Director

Western Hemisphere’s only major
mountaineering museum now led by a notable climber


Golden, Colorado, November 20, 2008

The Bradford Washburn American
Mountaineering Museum announced today that climber, photographer and explorer
Jake Norton has been named Director. The museum is owned and operated by the
Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) and the American Alpine Club (AAC).


Norton is a professional climber,
guide and photographer who has taken thousands of people up peaks ranging from
Mount Rainier (88 ascents) to Mt. McKinley and Himalayan giants like Cho Oyu and
Gurla Mandhata in Tibet. He has been on 5 Everest expeditions including the 1999
Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition, which discovered the 75 year-old
remains of British pioneer climber George Leigh Mallory at 27,000 feet on
Everest North Face. Artifacts from that expedition are now on display at the


As a photographer Norton has worked
for PBS/NOVA, BBC, Outdoor Life Network, and the Discovery Channel. His work
has been published in countless books and magazines, including Vanity Fair,
Outside, Forbes,
and National
Geographic Adventure
. Jake’s photography is also featured in 2 books
on the Mallory & Irvine Research Expeditions, Ghosts of Everest and Detectives
on Everest

Museum board member Tom Hornbein,
who made the first ascent of the West Ridge of Everest in 1963, said, “In his
energy, passion, charisma, and love of mountains, Jake brings to the Bradford
Washburn American Mountaineering Museum the same sort of contagious enthusiasm
and vision as Brad during his long tenure directing the Boston Museum of
Science. We are blessed to have Jake at the helm.”


Jake makes his home in Golden,
Colorado with his wife, Wende Valentine, and their daughter, Lila.


About the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
Opened in 2008 at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado, the Bradford
Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is devoted to the stories of mountains
and mountaineers.  The only museum of its type in the United States, the
museum introduces visitors to the world of mountain and rock climbing and
honors the achievements of mountaineers from America and around the world.
Exhibits on climate change, science, mountain culture and the arts make the
visitor experience exciting and interactive. www.bwamm.org

The American Alpine Club


The American Alpine Club inspires
and supports and the climbing community and protects its playgrounds around the
world.  The AAC is perhaps best know for
publishing the world’s most sought after annual climbing publication, the American Alpine Journal, caring for the
world’s leading mountaineering library and offering annual climbing,
conservation and research grants to budding adventurers. Learn about additional
programs and become a member at www.AmericanAlpineClub.org.

About the Colorado Mountain Club (www.cmc.org)
The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is the oldest outdoor education,
recreation, and conservation organization in Colorado. Founded in 1912, CMC
reaches an annual constituency of over 40,000 citizens, including 5,600 youth,
providing a comprehensive and diverse range of programs and activities.
Programs revolve around education, conservation, science, history,
policy, recreation, arts and culture.

CMC offers a wide range of opportunities
for the public to explore, observe, and learn about the Southern Rockies, while
simultaneously leading efforts to protect the species, habitats, and wildness
of our public lands. CMC publishes a quarterly magazine, Trail & Timberline, and operates a book press with more than 20
current titles. No other organization in the Intermountain West has such a
strong or broad-based approach connecting people and our Colorado landscape.  www.cmc.org


  1. Beck
    BeckDecember 5,08

    Wow! Congrats, Jake! That is great news. Hope we will still be “seeing” you around here though, but we’ll understand why if not.

  2. Jennifer Pharr Davis
    Jennifer Pharr DavisDecember 6,08

    For Real!? How Cool. What a great position. You know if you are working at a museum that Lynne is going to expect a job, right?
    jpd & bd

  3. Phil Summers
    Phil SummersDecember 7,08

    Well done with your new job Jake.
    Sounds like you’ll be in your element.

    As the boss, will people there and generally now have to call you ‘Sir’.
    Also, as the boss, will you now be taking Friday afternoon’s off to play golf as well as a few drinks at your gentlemens club.

    The art of leadership is delegation to the various underlings remember.

    See you in the Atheneum.



  4. Kraig
    KraigDecember 8,08

    Congrats Jake! That should be a great position for you! 🙂

  5. DSD
    DSDDecember 17,08

    That is terrific Jake!
    Way to go!
    What a great adventure this will be…
    The very best of this season to you and your family also Jake…

  6. Ken
    KenDecember 18,08

    Could you please contact ken@1800blogger.com

  7. David Putnam
    David PutnamDecember 19,08

    Congrats Jake – another Holderness summit….!

  8. Gail Bredis
    Gail BredisJanuary 11,09

    Congratulations, Jake! This sounds like an exciting adventure.

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