Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Traffic jam high above the #Karnali River…

Traffic jam high above the #Karnali River in #Humla, #Nepal. Very excited to return soon to Nepal to film and work in this magical country that has so shaped my life and career. Looking forward to helping even a little with rebuilding in the wake of the #NepalQuake and sharing the beauty and mystery of the country – both remote and accessible – with people far and wide. #nepaliloveyou #liveyouradventure #buildbackbetter

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Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha became the first official photographer of the Nepal Tourism Department and spent the 70s and 80s traveling across Nepal, photographing landscapes, cultures and people presenting Nepal to the rest of the world through postcards, brochures, posters and travel magazines. This is one of Shrestha’s favourite photos. Here, three young children pose for the camera in Tarkeghyang village, in the Helambu region northeast of Kathmandu. The wave-like peaks and dips of the Himalayas in the background is mimicked in the way the children stand and sit on an uneven wall, their eyes wide with curiosity and disbelief.

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#tbt to early September, 2013. @davidcmorton stands…

#tbt to early September, 2013. @davidcmorton stands beneath the sweeping faces of the #Bhagirathi peaks on the #Gangotri Glacier. David, @pedromcbride, and I were there to follow the #Ganges River from upmost source to sea, document its beauty and its suffering, and tell its story in photo and film. At this point, the Ganges is known as the Bhagirathi, after the fabled king who urged #Shiva to release the #Ganga waters from the heavens so he could perform rituals for his ancestors. The Gangotri Glacier flows with the first waters of this mighty river, which flows from its snout at #Gaumukh, or Cow’s Mouth. The Bhagirathi joins the #Alaknanda River below #Tehri Dam, and the Ganges officially forms there at #Devprayag. The river goes on to flow some 1500 miles across the heartland of north #India, its waters irrigating a full 1/3 of India’s land, and providing physical and spiritual sustenance to roughly 500 million people. It’s an amazing river, revered and reviled, dammed, diverted, and sometimes utterly destroyed. Our film about the river is coming along well, and we’re looking forward to having it complete soon. Stay tuned. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer @natgeo @microsoftusa #surface @madhav108a @ashleymosher @everydayasia @everydayindia

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One of the most stunning mountains anywhere…

One of the most stunning mountains anywhere in the world, it’s no wonder it’s also one of the most #sacred. Revered by #Hindus and #Buddhists alike, Mount #Kailash (Kailāśa) – seen here from the north – rises in a symmetrical massif from the barren #Tibetan Plateau above the sacred lakes of #Manasarovar and #Raksas Tal. In 2006, my teammates and I encountered only a handful of #Indian #pilgrims along the #kora, or circumambulation, of the mountain. #tbt #liveyouradventure #mountkailash #dailylifeindia #dailylifetibet #SquareInstaPic

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On May 22, 1963, Tom #Hornbein and…

On May 22, 1963, Tom #Hornbein and Willi #Unsoeld saw the tattered #American flag fluttering on the summit of #Everest some 100 feet above them. The flag had been left there three weeks earlier by Jim #Whittaker, the first American to summit the mountain, and Nawang #Gombu. Hornbein and Unsoeld had just made the historic and audacious first ascent of the West Ridge, arriving on top at 6:15pm, and descending the Southeast Ridge (making the first ever traverse of the mountain). They became the 4th and 5th Americans to summit, as teammates Barry Bishop and Lute Jerstad had reached the summit hours before. The West Ridge climb is one of the greatest in American mountaineering history, and of climbing history in general. A proud ascent by the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition – see our award-winning film on the expedition on @Vimeo on Demand through the link in my profile. Happy 4th of July! #liveyouradventure @davidcmorton @jimaikman @eddiebauer @xtremevideo #mounteverest #amee #williunsoeld #tomhornbein #independenceday #4thofjuly

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Happy early #independenceday! On May 1, 1963,…

Happy early #independenceday!

On May 1, 1963, Jim #Whittaker become the first #American to climb Mount #Everest. He made the historic climb with the late Nawang #Gombu, pictured here. Gombu was an amazing man and friend. The nephew of Tenzing #Norgay – who summitted Everest in 1953 with #Hillary – Gombu went on to climb Everest again in 1965 with an Indian team, becoming the first person to summit the mountain twice. I had the opportunity to guide with him for many years on Mount #Rainier, where he worked with @rmiexpeditions.

Our award-winning film about the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition – “High and Hallowed: Everest 1963” – is available to rent or buy through @Vimeo; the link is in my profile. @davidcmorton @jimaikman @eddiebauer @xtremevideo

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In 1921, during his first #Everest attempt,…

In 1921, during his first #Everest attempt, George #Mallory wrote from #Tibet to his wife, Ruth: “We see the same stars.” 94 years later, I would echo Mallory’s words in the hopes of encouraging more to #HelpCarryTheLoad for #Nepal. We may not all be experiencing the same traumas, seeing the same devastation, or facing the same overwhelm of rebuilding and reconstructing a nation. But, we are united with our friends across the world in that we all bleed the same blood. We all feel the same pain. We all see the same stars. So, when you go out tonight and gaze at the Milky Way, think of your friends – known and unknown, close and distant – in Nepal. Many are looking at those same stars across the ruins of their homes, villages, communities. Please consider a donation – or another donation if you’ve given before – and #HelpCarryTheLoad. You can find some great organizations in the link in my profile, and many more through my Facebook page. Please give, give smartly, give generously, and give often. | In this photo, the #MilkyWay glows above #Cholatse and #Tawoche from #Tukhla, #Khumbu, Nepal. #nepaliloveyou #nepalphotoproject #NatureAddict #himalayas #nepalquake #liveyouradventure #person2person4nepal #georgemallory #places_wow

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Mani stone high in the mountains of Nepal.


I was asked by one of my sponsors, Eddie Bauer, to reflect on the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and my efforts …

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More than ever before, #Nepal needs visitors….

More than ever before, #Nepal needs visitors. Not disaster tourism, but normal tourism – trekkers and climbers planning trips, hiring porters and guides, cooks and yaks and outfitters. Nepal needs hotel beds filled, taxis occupied, teahouses buzzing and restaurants cooking. And it needs us to visit not only the traditional hotspots like #Khumbu, #Langtang, and #Annapurna, but perhaps more importantly it needs visitors to the lesser – traveled realms like the #Ganesh Himal, #Gorkha, #Helambu, #Dolakha, #Humla, #Jumla, #Dolpo, and #Rolwaling, shown in this photo. While these areas don’t always yield the well-known views of #Everest or the 8000m peaks, they Ave incredible depth, intense beauty of people and landscape and culture, and very real need. Please plan your trip to Nepal, and #HelpCarryTheLoad (see link in profile). | In this photo, the sweeping east ridge of #Melungtse (aka #Menlungtse) rises at sunrise from the shadowed valleys of the Rolwaling Valley. Lying in #Tibet just beyond the Nepal – China border, Melungtse is seldom climbed; its neighbor, #Gauri #Shankar, can be seen just behind. #liveyouradventure #visitnepal #nepalquake #nepalphotoproject

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At the sacred confluence of #Devprayag, the…

At the sacred confluence of #Devprayag, the #Bhagirathi (on left) and #Alaknanda (on right) Rivers join, forming the mighty and holy #Ganges, or Maa #Ganga. In 2013, @davidcmorton, @pedromcbride, and I followed the Ganges from its highest source waters – at the foot of the massive #Chaukhamba peaks – to its terminus at Ganga #Sagar in the Bay of #Bengal. Pete and I returned this year for more interviews and footage, and are now working hard on a documentary telling the story of this great river from the perspective of the river, and those who revere it, revile it, and depend on it for physical and spiritual survival. The Ganga is an amazing river, with wonder and challenge in equal measure, and at every turn. To see an early trailer of the film, please visit (link also in profile). Thanks to the vision and support of @eddiebauer, @natgeo, @microsoftusa, #Ambuja, and more for helping make it happen. #liveyouradventure #reveredandreviled @everydayasia #indiapictures #indiapictures @everydayindia #india_gram

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