Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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A nice cloud show this afternoon in…

A nice cloud show this afternoon in the village of #Comrie, #Scotland. Looking forward to exploring some of the Highlands for the next week. #liveyouradventure

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Moody morning for a run through the…

Moody morning for a run through the Lake District on the road leading to #Wast Water and #Scafell Pike. Amazing country here, and just wish I had time (and better weather) to explore some of George Mallory’s early climbs. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #wastwater #lakedistrict

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The future of all societies lies with…

The future of all societies lies with the next generation, and education is the fundamental cornerstone of that generation’s ability to succeed in all ways. Sadly, in many parts of #Tanzania, education is not a real option for kids. Poverty, family issues, discrimination, and simple lack of schools keeps many kids in the fields instead of the classroom. Fortunately, @africaschoolassistanceproject is changing that. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit #Mbasseny Primary School, built with help from ASAP, and the pride of the community and it’s 400 students. It’s truly a game changer for the local community, as students progress with excellent marks onto secondary school and beyond. So proud to be here supporting the good work of # ASAP and the people of Tanzania. Today, we’re off to #Kilimanjaro to continue climbing, fundraising, and supporting #education. If you’d like to make a donation, please do so at www.africaschoolassistanceproject.org. #liveyouradventure

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In 7 trips or so now to…

In 7 trips or so now to #Kilimanjaro, I’ve never seen her clearly from the low country here in #Moshi. But, last night, she decided to emerge from the clouds, clad in a fresh dusting of snow on her upper flanks, just in time for the last rays of sun. A great first view of the climb ahead for my friends and clients on this trip, supporting @africaschoolassistanceproject. #liveyouradventure

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Psyched to be headed back to #Tanzania…

Psyched to be headed back to #Tanzania for another climb of Mount #Kilimanjaro! I’ve got a great team of 15 clients, guiding help from my friend @sid_pattison, and an amazing staff, and best part is we’re climbing to support the critical work of @AfricaSchoolAssistanceProject and the building of new songs in rural Tanzania. Climbing the mountain view the #Rongai Route – a beautiful route, and away from the crowds of Machame and Marangu. | In this photo, Mount #Mawenzi – a satellite peak of Kili – rises from the clouds near Mawenzi Tarn Camp. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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Amidst the tumult that is #Rishikesh near…

Amidst the tumult that is #Rishikesh near the Ram Jhula, a Hindu ascetic sits in quiet meditation, apparently immune to the honking lorries, squealing motorcycles, and multitudes of people, cows, dogs, and celebrations happening all around. Such is the continual dichotomy of the #Ganges, the physical and spiritual lifeblood to some 500 million souls in North India. In its 1500 mile journey from the Garhwal Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal, the River never ceases to be larger than life, in all regards. As @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I made our way down it in 2013, we lived in constant astonishment of its ever-changing face: from pristine to polluted, celebrated to abhorred, Ma Ganga (Mother Ganges) is truly a river of extremes and contradictions. We found it to be horrifically contaminated, and yet surprisingly clean (in relative terms); beloved and bemoaned, in equal measure. The Ganges, again and again, is larger than life in all aspects – good, bad, and indifferent. It is a river of critical importance, revered and reviled, and never ceases to embody Lord Krishna’s statement to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: “I am the shark among fishes, and the Ganges among rivers.” | Very excited to be here in #Telluride at @mountainfilm to premiere our film on the river, Holy (un)Holy River. Thanks to our partners on the 2013 expedition: @eddiebauer @natgeo @microsoft & Tom & Julie Hull.

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#tbt to 2006: It was a dream…

#tbt to 2006: It was a dream trip to the world’s 34th highest mountain, Gula Mandhata in Western Tibet. It was easily one of the best expeditions I’ve ever been on; we made the summit – one of them only a handful of teams to do so – but more importantly the climb was really only a small part of a great physical, spiritual, and cultural adventure. We spent roughly 50 days in Nepal and Tibet, only nine of which were on the mountain, trekking along the Karnali River, doing a sacred circumambulation – or Kora – of Mount Kailash, making a pilgrimage to Tirthapuri and then onward to the ancient Kingdom of Guge. For me, the best expeditions are always like that: the mountain, the climb, is really little more than an elaborate and convenient excuse for profound adventure and experience that goes well beyond the objective at hand. Also called Naimona’nyi, Gurla Mandhata was first climbed on this day in 1985 by a Japanese party. | In this photo, our team is about two-thirds of the way up the peak headed towards high camp. In the distance, you can see the sacred Lakes of Manasarovar and Raksas Talk, and Mount Kailash just barely visible on the horizon. #liveyouradventure

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Watching the season on #Everest from afar…

Watching the season on #Everest from afar has been an exercise in mixed emotions. I’m incredibly proud of the efforts and successes of my friends and teammates – @coryrichards & @melissaarnot for reaching the summit without oxygen, & @adrianballinger for making the perhaps bolder (certainly tougher) decision to listen to his body and turn around; @thom.dharma.pollard for realizing a long held dream to reach the top, and doing it with the usual poise and prose; @kentoncool for tagging the top again (#12), and Brent Bishop @chadpeele too; Lhakpa Sherpa for breaking her own world record with a 7th summit; and so many more. And yet, mixed in with pride is the sorrow of more needless loss of life, souls snuffed in the pursuit of something on the one hand abjectly meaningless, and on the other profoundly essential. It’s perhaps not the desire to climb that is to blame for this melancholy, but instead the fixation on the summit as the sole index of success and validity. As #Mallory said: “Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves…” Or, in the words of Rob Parker: “In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of… something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb… and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery.” #liveyouradventure

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Four years ago, I was in quite…

Four years ago, I was in quite a different place: rappelling from just below the West Shoulder on #Everest with @davidcmorton after our final, failed attempt to get into the West Ridge. It was the last effort of a long-but-great expedition trying to tell the story of 1963 and the historic West Ridge climb by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. While we weren’t even close to successful in climbing the route, we were able to produce an award-winning film, High & Hallowed: Everest 1963, which hopefully shed some renewed light on an oft-forgotten, monumental ascent of a highly challenging route. (If you haven’t seen it and would like to, High & Hallowed is available on @vimeo on demand – link in my profile.) Incidentally, rising from the clouds behind Dave in this photo is #Lhotse, which was first climbed on this day in 1956 by a Swiss team. #liveyouradventure @charley.mace #brentbishop

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Looming over #Everest Basecamp in Nepal, the…

Looming over #Everest Basecamp in Nepal, the iconic, conical summit of Pumo Ri is unmistakable. In 1921, during the first reconnaissance expedition, George Mallory spotted the peak and wanted to name it Mount Clare after his young daughter. The expedition rightfully decided not to, so Mallory and his teammates found a suitable alternative in Pumori, meaning “Unmarried Daughter” or “Daughter Mountain” in Tibetan and Sherpa. (Fortunately, with the exception of Kellas Rock Peak, named in 1921 after Dr. Alexander Kellas, and the Norton Couloir, named in 1924 after Col. Edward “Teddy” Norton, the expedition chose local names where possible – like Gyachung Kang – and local descriptors otherwise, like Changtse or “North Peak”, and Lhotse, or “South Peak”.) While technically fairly easy by its standard route, the mountain is known for avalanche danger, and by 2005 had seen 42 deaths on its slopes out of 500 successful summits. During the 2015 earthquake in #Nepal, a massive avalanche swept off the ridge connecting Pumori and Lingtren, decimating Everest Basecamp and killing 19 people. The peak was first climbed on this day in 1962 by Gerhard Lenser. #Pumori

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