Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Wind whips post-monsoon snow across the slopes…

Wind whips post-monsoon snow across the slopes of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest #peak at 8,201 meters or 26,906 feet. The first real attempt on the mountain was made by the British in 1952 (in preparation for the 1953 #Everest expedition), led by famed climber Eric #Shipton. They didn’t get very far, though, with George Lowe and Edmund #Hillary being turned around at 6,650 meters by avalanche conditions. Two years later, in 1954, and #Austrian expedition had better luck. On October 19, 1954, Herbert #Tichy, Joseph #Jöchler and Pasang Dawa Lama (#Sherpa) reached the summit via the Northwest Ridge, which is now the standard route on the mountain. While considered one of the easiest of the 14 – #8000m peaks, Cho Oyu claimed many lives in the early days: the second ascent, in 1958, claimed 1 climber; four more dies in an avalanche in 1959; and 1964 saw another 2 climbers perish on the mountain. This photo was taken in late-September, 1997, while guiding my first expedition to Cho Oyu. #chooyu #Tibet #8000ers #liveyouradventure #himalaya #everydayasia #everydaytibet #china #edmundhillary

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According to #Hindu legend, it was the…

According to #Hindu legend, it was the ancient king #Bhagiratha who prayed to Lord #Shiva to bring the goddess #Ganga down from the heavens so he could honor his deceased relatives. Shiva obliged, catching the river goddess is his matted dreadlocks and setting her free…but with a warning, that he could not control her power and fury now that she was free. Revered for millennia, Maa Ganga has been showing her strength in recent years, with alternating floods and droughts wreaking havoc in equal measure. Perhaps it is the goddess flexing her muscles, and showing her disapproval for the abuse cast upon her: horrific pollution pours unhindered into her waters; the effluvia of millions of Indians flows unchecked to her shores; dams and diversions and barrages check her flow and disrupt her wildlife; the ashes of millions are dumped into her, her forests chopped down to provide the fuel for pyres. The #Modi government made protection and restoration of the #Ganges a campaign promise, and many words have flown about plans to help return her to former glory. But, the word appear empty, as little of substance has been done, and many more dams and barrages are planned to allow up – river navigation. Time is short for Ma Ganga; she needs to be loved physically as she is revered theologically. The future of 500 million people who depend on her hinges on it. @pedromcbride and I are nearly finished with our film about the river, Holy (un)Holy River. Stay tuned. | In this photo, @pedromcbride and @davidcmorton walk long a ridgeline below the #Bhagirathi Peaks from our camp at #Tapovan on the #Gangotri Glacier, #Uttarakhand, #India. #everydayindia #everydayasia #indiapictures #indiagram #indiapictures @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #surface @natgeo #liveyouradventure #GangaS2S

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Legendary Climbs of John Evans Now Available

“You should come up to Evergreen and have dinner with my brother, John, sometime. He’s done some big climbs over …

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John #Muir wrote: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken,…

John #Muir wrote: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is like going home; that #wildness is a necessity.” For most of my life, the mountains have been my sanctuary, my solace, my grounding realm that keeps my head physically in the clouds, but my psyche on the ground, humbled by the vast immensity and majestic power the high country. But the power of the mountains is not infinite: bear jagged heights belie a fragile interior that provides in abundance, but also needs protection. More than ever, the mountains are under threat. #ClimateChange is shrinking glaciers, parching forests, choking rivers, and stunting the ability for mountains, mountain ecosystems, and mountain peoples to thrive. And their demise is all of ours, for the reality of the high country ultimately becomes the reality of the low country – everything flows downhill. It’s time to push the world community to recognize the role mountains play in all our lives, and their frailty to the ravages of climate change. Please, if you haven’t yet, sign the petition (link in profile) to urge the @unitednations to include mountains in the new #UNFCCC #COP21 climate deal. If you have already signed, thank you, and please share this or your own post with your friends. | In this photo, @charley.mace and Brent Bishop make their way up Mount Cook (#Aoraki), New Zealand. ##MountainsMatter #mountainmatters @welovemountains #johnmuir #mountainpartnership #mountcook #aoraki #newzealand #liveyouradventure #climatechangeisreal

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Thinking of those many lives lost today…

Thinking of those many lives lost today in the tragic and cowardly bombings in #Ankara, #Turkey. Hoping for #peace. | In this photo, the moon rises behind the domes and minarets of #Hagia #Sophia, a #church turned #mosque turned – quite brilliantly – into a #secular museum by #Ataturk in 1935. To me, Hagia Sophia has always been a symbol of how the various peoples and faiths in a diverse nation like Turkey can figure out how to get along through solid leadership and a desire to do so. May more of the same return to Turkey, to the Middle East, and, yes, to here in the USA. As Ataturk said: “Let [my people] worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men.” #Ἁγία #Σοφία #HagiaSophia #sanctasopfia #ayasofya #istanbul #liveyouradventure #mustafakemalataturk

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In the arid north of #Kenya, not…

In the arid north of #Kenya, not far from the border with #Somalia, #water is everything. The lifeline of the region is the #Ewaso #Ng’iro River which brings water from the slopes of Mount Kenya to this parched landscape. The glaciers on the mountain – and their meltwater – keep the river flowing even in the dry season. In fact, Mount Kenya supplies some 70% of the fresh water for the entire country. But, like so many around the world, its glaciers are rapidly melting in the face of #climatechange; like its neighbor, #Kilimanjaro, the glaciers of Mount Kenya will likely be gone in a matter of decades. When the glaciers are gone, the Ewaso will be gone, too, and with it will go the sole water supply for countless animals – #elephant, #lion, #cheetah, etc. – and the #Samburu people who live there. Yet another example of how much #MountainsMatter, whether we can see them or not. If you care about mountains, about preserving them and their ecosystems, please sign the petition (link in profile) to get the @unitednations to consider mountains and climate change. | In this photo, elephants play in the muddy waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Samburu National Reserve. #COP21 @welovemountains #mountainpartnership #mountain matters #Ewasonyiro @elephants_save @elephantsamburu @pedromcbride @kimhavell @francothepapa @sabadouglashamilton

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I was reminded of this #tbt last…

I was reminded of this #tbt last night by @seracfilms – tough, but good memories of an amazing expeditoon. May 23, 2003, at 27,220 foot Camp VI on the North Face of #Everest. It was 7:23 pm and we had just settled into our tents for the evening when we got the radio call that seven climbers were in trouble, still high on the exposed Northeast Ridge of the mountain, slowly picking their way down. We went outside, and could just see their headlamps, faint in the encroaching darkness (they’re visible in the upper left of this photo). Several of us started up to help them to the safety of our tents, and to tend to the injuries: snow blindness, severe frostbite, exhaustion, and the possible onset of cerebral and pulmonary edema. @seracfilms, Petite Pinson, and I spent a long, cold night huddled in one sleeping bag, heating water and tending to our frostbite tentmate, waiting the first rays of dawn that seemed to take forever to come. The same situation played out in the tents of our other climbers. But, finally the sun came… There was no logical choice but to abandon our summit attempt and help the injured down to the safety of the camps below. By nightfall on the 24th, we had them down safely to Advanced Basecamp at 21,500 feet, ready for medical treatment and transport to Nepal and home. A frustrating experience, for it was poor judgment and summit fever that got them in trouble and us pulled into the vortex, but in the end it all worked out. We rested a few days at ABC, and then climbed back up, reaching the summit on a nearly perfect day on May 30, 2003. @tedmahon @trailygirl #Tibet #mounteverest #liveyouradventure #rescue #himalaya #himalayas

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Do you love #mountains? Do you see…

Do you love #mountains? Do you see value in protecting our #mountain peoples, communities, ecosystems, and watersheds from the ravages of #climatechange? If so, please join me in signing a petition (link in profile) to get the @unitednations to give adequate attention to the impact of climate change on mountain regions and all who depend on them. Mountains – whether we see them or not, whether we live in them or not, whether we like them or not – play are critical role in all our lives. Mountains cover 22% of the earth’s surface, are home to 14% of the world’s population, and they provide 70% of the world’s fresh water. But, glaciers in the mountains are melting faster than elsewhere, threatening water supplies, biodiversity, and the lives of all who live downstream. Please, show that #MountainsMatter: sign the petition (link in profile), share this widely, and encourage the #UN to take the threat of climate change in mountain regions seriously. | In this photo, the first waters of the #Ganges River flow on the surface of the #Gangotri #Glacier, #India, with #Shivling towering above. The Gangotri, which gives birth to the #Bhagirathi River (the Ganges officially starts where the Bhagirathi and #Alaknanda Rivers merge at #Devprayag), has receded more than 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) in the past 70 years; since 2000, its retreat has been nearly doubled to roughly 12-13 meters (39.3-42.7 feet) per year. Downstream, the Ganges is the essential lifeblood for roughly 500 million people who live within its watershed. #WeLoveMountains #COP21 #ClimateAction #Action2015 #WeLoveMountains #UNFCCC #liveyouradventure #indiapictures #everydayindia #indiaphotos #india_gram @welovemountains #mountainpartnership

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As I dropped my kids off at…

As I dropped my kids off at #school this morning, replete with the usual grumblings about having to go, I resisted the temptation to remind them of all the kids their age in #Nepal who don’t even have a school to go to. Nonetheless, my mind went there. The April 25th and May 12th earthquakes in Nepal devastated an already – struggling education system in the impoverished Himalayan nation. Estimates say that up to 8,000 schools were damaged or destroyed in the quakes, leaving nearly one million children school-less. In August, I visited many schools in #Kathmandu and in rural areas – #Kavre-Palanchok, #Dhading, #Mustang – and found the #rebuilding is sporadic at best, non-existent in many places. I’m thrilled that next week I’ll be able to play a tiny part in the school situation in Nepal when I speak to supporters of @edgeofseven in Denver at the #Posner Center and help them raise funds to build more schools where they’re desperately needed. If you’re in #Denver, #Boulder, #Golden, or the Front Range, please join us. If you’re not, please consider supporting the work of Edge of Seven, and #HelpCarryTheLoad. | In this photo, young boys stand by the crumbled remains of their home in #Syampati, #Kavre. Their school still stands, but barely, and most of it is beyond repair. However, the village does not have the funds to rebuild. #nepalphotoproject #nepalquake #nepaliloveyou #everydayasia #everydaynepal #buildbackbetter #nepalwillriseagain

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#Autumn is always one of my favorite…

#Autumn is always one of my favorite seasons. Pleasant days, cool crisp nights, and an explosion of #color in the high country. | In this photo, aspens and evergreens mix with the vivid oranges of mining effluvia in Red Mountain Creek near #Ironton, #Colorado. #fallcolor #fallfoliage

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