Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’
#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 @everydayindiaRead More
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 #SquareInstaPicRead More
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 #4thofjulyRead More
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 @xtremevideoRead More
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_wowRead More
I was asked by one of my sponsors, Eddie Bauer, to reflect on the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and my efforts …Read More
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 #nepalphotoprojectRead More
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 http://vimeo.com/120219473 (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_gramRead More
#tbt to March, 1992, near #Syabru in the #Langtang Valley, #Nepal. #Kancha (Membar) #Tamang, age 12, carries a load up valley. A young porter from the impoverished village of #Gre in #Rasuwa, Kancha and his family portered for trekking groups such as ours to make money – the same story for so many in Nepal’s rural heartland. We subsequently put Kancha through school and have helped him as best we can for 23 years. Kancha returned from Malaysia, where he was working for three years on a poultry farm, on April 2, went to his village to reunite with his wife and children on April 15, and we have not heard from him since. His, sadly, is one of many, many tragic stories coming from the #NepalQuake. And, the story is not over. At least 15 people were killed today in monsoon rain-triggered #landslide in #Taplejung district in east Nepal – a harbinger of what’s to come during the months of rain ahead. The story of Nepal may be over for much of the world press and big aid, but it is far from over for families like Kancha’s. Please continue to #HelpCarryTheLoad for Nepal, and keep giving to vetted non profits working on the ground in Nepal to rebuild. You can find many through my @crowdrise fundraiser linked in my profile. @nickyardley64 #nepaliloveyou #crowdriseRead More
Rebuilding in #Nepal will take a long time, and require the dedication of many. Villages are remote, inaccessible by road, and air power is limited and expensive. But, we can all #HelpCarryTheLoad for Nepal. One amazing organization doing incredible work on the ground is #Rasuwa #Relief, founded and run by Austin Lord and Galen Murton. Rasuwa is a rural district northwest of #Kathmandu that was hit particularly hard in the #nepalearthquake; #Langtang Village, which was wiped off the map by a cataclysmic avalanche and landslide, is but one example of the devastation in Rasuwa. Many areas – less known and equally desperate – have received only minimal aid, and the #monsoon is fast approaching. #RasuwaRelief is now able to accept tax-deductible donations through #Drokpa, a registered 501c3 charitable organization founded by my friend Sienna Craig. Please make a donation to Rasuwa today through Drokpa – see link in profile – and #HelpCarryTheLoad. Thank you.Read More