Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Psyched to be heading back to Mount…

Psyched to be heading back to Mount #Kilimanjaro in a couple days! It’s always a great mountain, a fun climb, and a wonderful adventure, and made even more so as my team and I will again be raising funds for @africaschoolassistanceproject (ASAP). Dedicated to education in Tanzania, and focused on underserved areas and girls education, ASAP has been recognized far and wide for their accomplishments and impact. Our team is aiming to raise $1/foot for the climb, or $19,340, every penny of which will go straight to ASAP and their impact in Tanzania. Follow along here, on Facebook, and on The MountainWorld Blog, and please follow the link in my profile to make a donation today! | This photo is from outside the Mawenzi Tarn Camp on the Rongai Route in June, 2016. #liveyouradventure #mountkilimanjaro #Tanzania #everydayafrica @kristenrcavallo @cplating @_mattcavallo

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I love that time of year when…

I love that time of year when the creeks swell with snowmelt and start weaving through ice dams and the sweet smell of spring is in the air, and the water is refreshing rather than deathly freezing. I love it… Just not in mid-February. | Today Bear Creek near Kittredge, Colorado, was flowing fast, snowmelt carrying away the ice that normally would provide a sturdy bridge across. 60 degrees my mid-morning in Evergreen. #notright #liveyouradventure #climatereality #climatechange

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I usually choose to go for hikes…

I usually choose to go for hikes where few others go, bushwhacking up drainages to connect one valley to another and better understand the landscape around me, getting the lay of the land and following my nose and heart… And just to truly be away and immersed in nature as much as one can be these days. One of my favorites is nearby, but seemingly miles away. Rye and I went there today, across a should-be-frozen-but-now-flowing-fast Bear Creek and then a couple miles back up a cool, semi-hidden canyon, following animal paths and scat, past fresh elk carcasses, and up through a labyrinth of rocks and cottonwoods and cacti to the 100 year old remains of an old home of which nothing but chimneys remain. There we found, sadly, the charming calling card of “CO Native”, scrawled in ugly paints on the old stacked stone, covering the rocks around, and his or her trash – Dasani bottles, Coors cans, a spent pack of Marlboro Reds. Well, congrats Colorado Native. You’ve succeeded in showing the world you’re nothing but an ignorant little sot who only succeeds in defacing history and the world around you to prove your own ignorance. Sad. As Ryrie said immediately and accurately: “What kind of person would do something like that, Dad? Seems like only a jerk.”

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The Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the…

The Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are one of the ranges in the world being hit hardest by climate change. When the Duke of Abruzzi went there in 1906, he and his team documented some 43 distinct glaciers; less than 20 remain, and those that do have less than 25% of their mass. The loss of glaciers in the Rwenzori is not just sad for climbers and tourists. Their waters help nourish vast plains and farmlands below, home to many people and critical species. And, the Rwenzori are a key source of the White Nile, and essential waterway in Africa. I find myself thinking of these and other ranges, and indeed the climate of the world as a whole, on this day as the Republicans are forcing through a vote on Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, conveniently before he’s forced to release some 3,000 emails from his time as Oklahoma AG between him and leaders of the oil, gas, and coal industries. Convenient. Is it within the rules? Sure. Does that make it ethical? Does it show responsible governing? Not at all. I know views on climate change are varied, but most logical souls agree now that the climate is changing, and a majority agree that scientists in the field are probably right that we humans have at least a little bit to do with it. (sarcasm) It used to be that America was a nation that took on challenges, that embraced problem solving and innovation not as barriers to success, but as opportunities for more. It is this ideal – not one of backward looking, reactionary thinking – that truly made America as close to great as it ever has been. One cannot realistically deny a changing climate, whether you believe humans are causing it or not. One cannot realistically deny that burning fossil fuels is a bad thing for our planet. Likewise, one can’t deny that figuring out alternative energy systems in conjunction with conservation (isn’t that where conservative comes from?) is a good and logical path to take. So, why the denial? Why the refusal to take logical steps, to reform our systems and strategies, to position us as a nation to embrace new technologies, create new jobs, and be a leader as we once were? #reallymakeamericagreatagain

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I remember watching the awe and wonder…

I remember watching the awe and wonder on my children’s faces as the experienced true wilderness for the first time. It was a look of pure joy, innocent wonder, robust curiosity, and a zest to see more, experience more, learn more about their world and their abilities within it. They’ve known from a young age that the wild lands we have left are a precious gem, a jewel of our planet, the legacy of our nation. Like me, they treasure the wild, and fear for its future. From the rise of anti-science and alternative facts to the growing power of industry over preservation, short term economic gain for the few over long term sustainability for the many, our wild lands and all that depend on them are once again at risk. Today, let’s honor the words and legacy of Edward Abbey, and vow to save what we have left. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Ed Abbey | Lila looking out over the mosaic of the Painted Desert, Arizona. #liveyouradventure

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A portion of the 360 degree panorama…

A portion of the 360 degree panorama I shot at the South Col on Mt. Everest back in 2009. I was shooting an expedition with my @eddiebauer teammates and had a spare day here at 26,000 feet, so went out to explore with @jgriber and got this view. Not a bad place for a rest day and a little hike, with views of Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, and out to Kangchenjunga in the distance. See the full, immersive panorama through the link in my profile. #liveyouradventure

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Editing photos to get my mind off…

Editing photos to get my mind off politics, and came across this one of Mt. Rossman and surrounding peaks from Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica 6 years ago. Great memories from that expedition bringing @eddiebauer back to the continent. #liveyouradventure With @khfilms @carolinewaregeorge @sethwaterfall @ed_viesturs

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In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya…

In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya with @kimhavell, @francothepapa, and others to tell the story of East Africa’s iconic water tower. The trip brought us nearly to the top of the mountain, nearly hit by lightning, and all the way down to the arid lands of Samburu National Reserve whose lifeblood – the Ewaso Ng’iro River – flows from the slopes of Mt. Kenya. The result was the film, The Water Tower, which is now available online through @outsidetelevision #outsidetvfeatures. See our film and many more great films with a free, 7-day trial at try.outsidetv.com. (see clickable link in my profile) | In this photo by @pedromcbride, I’m moving along the final summit ridge of Kenya and into a nasty lightning storm where the rocks hummed, and we were scared. #liveyouradventure

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Thanks for the welcome show, Cochise Stronghold….

Thanks for the welcome show, Cochise Stronghold. Great to be here! #liveyouradventure #cochisestronghold #sunset #amazingearth #bestmountainartists

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As the sun set from our vantage…

As the sun set from our vantage point in the Hills overlooking Tucson, Arizona, A fitting scene emerged to mark the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. In some ways, it was dismal. Rain splattered on saguaros as a multi-day winter storm marched across the desert landscape, scratching – at least short-term – our hopes of a warm rock climbing get away, with snow in the forecast for the high ramparts of Cochise Stronghold. But, sprinkled amongst the ominous storm clouds word literal and figurative rays of hope: bits of sunlight popping through the cloud, reminding me that tomorrow is another day, and this storm, too, shall pass. 2016 was a year I’m happy to see in the rear view mirror: it was one racked with geo-political turmoil and tragedy, environmental calamity, and domestic decisions that made my head spin. 2017, I’m guessing, will bring much of the same, and its onset for me is marked with uncertainty. But, as always, the rays of sun shine through. I am optimistic about the collective vibrance and vision of humanity to bring sanity to our at times insane world, so work together to solve problems big and small, and to stand up for what’s right rather than what’s the politic of the moment. I believe not in one person’s threats to make our country great again, but in our people’s ability to celebrate the greatness that has always been here, and that is represented in the myriad colors and faiths and perspectives that make us…us. This morning, up in the Catalinas, the rain still thunders down on the desert. But, already the sun is peeking through, bringing cheer to a dark and stormy morning. Let’s look to the sun in all of us, all around us, and make 2017 a year we can all celebrate. Happy New Year! #liveyouradventure #newyear #goodbye2016 #hello2017

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