Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Celebrating – and Advocating for – Our World’s Mountains with the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership

A week ago, I had the honor of addressing delegates of the Mountain Partnership at the United Nations Headquarters in …

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Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies…

Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies some 70% of the nation’s water. It’s also important spiritually, believed to be one of the abodes of #Ngai, the good of the #Maasai and #Samburu people.

But, Kenya’s glaciers are dwindling, it’s storage capacity diminished. By 2050, its snows will be no more.

Support our mountains on this International Mountain Day…and every day!

#DIM14 #welovemountains #climatechange #internationalmountainday

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A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on…

A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on the flanks of the #Gangotri Glacier below #Shivling, #India.

The Gangotri gives birth to the #Ganges River (known at this point as the #Bhagirathi) just a few kilometers downstream. The Bhagirathi joins the #Alaknanda just below the #Tehri Dam to form the Ganges proper. It then flows some 1500 miles to the Bay of #Bengal, providing essential water for an estimated 400 million people within its #watershed.

But, like so many mountain glaciers, the Gangotri is receding at an alarming rate – about 15-20 meters per year, and nearly 2 kilometers in the past century.
Mountains are the water towers of the earth, and thus cornerstones of humanity. Let’s honor them today on International Mountain Day, and urge our elected officials to take mountains and mountain preservation seriously.

#DIM14 #internationalmountainday #welovemountains #liveyouradventure

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Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know…

Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know mountains provide some 70% of the world’s fresh water? That they directly support about 720 million people, and indirectly sustain billions more worldwide? Not to mention they’re a cornerstone of art, faith, and inspiration across cultures and continents?

If you love mountains, then please get out and show your support: Follow @welovemountains, print out a banner from their website, and most importantly, go climb a mountain. Take a pic, tag it with #welovemountains, share it here, and help spread the word!

#liveyouradventure #IMD #internationalmountainday #loveourmountains

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Jake Norton on the summit of Elephant Butte, Evergreen, Colorado, for International Mountain Day.

Happy International Mountain Day!

It’s December 11, also known as International Mountain Day. While we may not realize it, there’s a lot to thank …

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Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012,…

Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012, heading in to #Everest for an attempt on the West Ridge, I awoke early in the village of #Pheriche to take photos. After a while of rambling around through fresh snow and frozen creeks, I stumbled upon this view of #Kangtega and the shoulder of #Thamserku. It took a while to get the right combination of slow shutter for the water without totally losing the sun-accented ridges, but finally it worked.

This image always makes me think of Loren #Eiseley in “Flow of the River”: “If there is magic in this planet, it is contained in water… Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future: It moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of the air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to a single shining bone cast up by the sea.” This has been great fun and a good exercise going through files to find the ones that translate well to #blackandwhite. I’d like to pass the torch onward to @davidcmorton, great friend, climbing partner, and one of the more creative people I know. Let’s see it, David! #liveyouradventure #blackandwhitechallenge #loreneiseley #water

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Day 4 in the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: I spent…

Day 4 in the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: I spent many frames trying to capture the man, a humble farmer in an impoverished village on the fringes of the great #Thar Desert in #Rajasthan, #India. His heavily lined face, weather worn, was accented by dusty, bent, coke-bottle glasses, his head topped by a meticulously wrapped turban. A traditional portrait seemed the way to go. But, it wasn’t working. No image I captured of his face conveyed the story I wanted to tell…The story of a man who spent years working hard, toiling under the rigors of manual labor, and yet emanating – more than anything else – peace, tranquility, and humanity. Then, I looked down and saw his hands… #blackandwhitechallenge #blackandwhite #dailylifeindia #aportraitsnotalwaysaface

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Day 3 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: An unknown…

Day 3 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: An unknown peak rises from the midst and cloud near the #Trident on South Georgia (Island). In 2004, I had the opportunity to guide the #Shackleton Crossing with Dave Hahn and Deidre Galbraith of the island…an amazing adventure in a stunning and still-wild landscape. #blackandwhitechallenge #liveyouradventure #ernestshackleton #southgeorgia #geographicexpeditions

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Day 2 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge. Lines of…

Day 2 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge. Lines of sand lead the way through the dunes of #Erg #Chagaga in southern #Morocco, on the far northern fringes of the #Sahara Desert. I had the opportunity to travel there in 2007 on a whirlwind trip. Amazing place! #blackandwhitechallenge

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“Everything we lost is coming back, and…

“Everything we lost is coming back, and more,” said Generose. A resident of #Rulindo District, #Rwanda, she lived through the #genocides (yes, there was more than one in Rwanda) to see her country at peace, with growing prosperity, and, to her amazement, a new #water system going in near her home. Day 1 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge, this one out of the archives from the Tokyo airport…Thanks @pedromcbride for pulling me into this! #blackandwhitechallenge

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