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THE CAUSE: JAKE NORTON DISCOVERS THE SOURCE OF HIS CHALLENGE21 CLEAN WATER MISSION

On the high savannah in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve.

On the high savannah in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve.

Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.
– Abu Bakr –

Sitting, shivering in the frigid air, wind howling through my hood, icicles of breath and snot crusted to my face, I looked into their vivid blue eyes and thought about them dying. The picture showed the challenge of the journey: wrinkled, creased in places, tattered corners, and wrapped in a protective Ziploc bag, it had made the long journey to the bottom of the world and up the slopes of Vinson with me. The picture also showed my wife, Wende, and our young children, Lila and Ryrie. It was my talisman, my charm, and my constant reminder to tread lightly…and come home safely. There was a lot to look forward to.

I couldn’t shake the image, the apparition haunting my mental lens. I knew Lila and Ryrie were fine – I had spoken to them on the phone just days before. But I had been thinking a lot about life, about climbing, about my desire to take it to a new level and use my skills and career as a climber to do more than simply climb…

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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