Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’
Wishing a big Happy Birthday to #India on this Independence Day. This photo, from #Ganga #aarti in #Rishikesh, reminds me of the reference people have for the mighty #Ganges, and the importance of the river to India, physically and spiritually.
As #Jawaharlal #Nehru said: “The Ganga…is the river if India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.” May #Modi remain true to his promise to protect the Ganga and bring her back to greatness. @pedromcbride @davidcmorton @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #Surface @natgeo #ambuja
Dawn casts long shadows across the plains of western #Tibet and on the slopes of #Gurla #Mandhata from the village of #Darchen. Rarely climbed, Gurla, aka #Naimon’nyi, is a 25,500 foot peak just south of sacred Mount #Kailash and the sacred lakes of #Manasarovar and #Raksas Tal. Tom #Longstaff made an impressive, although unsuccessful, attempt on it in 1905, reaching roughly 23,000 feet or 7,000 meters. The peak, the world’s 34th highest, wasn’t climbed to the summit until 1985. In 2006, I organized and led an expedition for @internationalmountainguides to Gurla with some friends and clients, making by my count the 12th ascent of the peak. A stunning mountain that provides a great alternative to the crowds and chaos of more popular peaks like Cho Oyu and #Everest…for those who want to work for it. #mondaymountain #gurlamandhataRead More
A #Hindu man prays in the waters of the #Hooghly River at Fairlie Ghat in #Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Nirendra #Modi recently declared his government would make cleaning the #Ganges River a major focus of his administration, even calling his efforts a #manthan, meaning deep contemplation of all facts to reach an enlightened conclusion. He has promised to work closely with #sadhus (Hindu holy men), NGO’s, politicians, scientists, and more, and pledged to look at the issue from a full watershed perspective rather than limiting cleanup to specific areas.
This is great news for the Ganges; as @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I saw firsthand on our #GangaS2S expedition, the River’s woes are deep and profound, it’s health impacted by myriad forces like climate change, dams and diversions, industrial and agricultural pollution, development, human waste, and much more. Maa (Mother) #Ganga is a critical river and watershed that directly nourishes the land, lives, and spirits of some 400 million people…it’s high time it had a strong champion. Let’s hope Modi can live up to his words: “Maa Ganga is waiting for her son to free her from pollution.” @eddiebauer #Surface #liveyouradventure #maaganga
Tents from our #GangaS2S Expedition glow under starlight beneath the jagged summits and sweeping granite faces of the #Bhagirathi Peaks from Sundarvan Basecamp on the #Gangotri Glacier, #India.
According to Hindu legend, the great King Bhagiratha performed a tapasya – or meditational penance – for one thousand years hoping to entice #Brahma to release the waters of the Ganges from the heavens. Brahma, impressed by his penance and devotion, released the waters, and Bhagiratha quickly realized their power in falling from the heavens would destroy the earth below. He asked for help from Lord #Shiva, and Shiva delivered, laying down his thick, dreadlocked hair and catching the water’s descent.
The river’s theological beginning is just below this spot, at the sacred site of #Gaumukh, where it begins its 1500 mile journey toward the sea and is known is its upper ramparts as the #Bhagirathi. @pedromcbride @davidcmorton @eddiebauer #Surface @india_gram
My home the last couple of nights on the edge of Crater Lake, Lone Eagle Cirque in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The peak front and center is Lone Eagle Peak. Perhaps the most beautiful area I’ve visited in all of #Colorado – put it on your list, but keep it pristine as it is, please.
Thinking of Edward Abbey’s quote from “Down the River”: “But the love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also expression of loyalty the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, only home shall ever know, only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.” #indianpeaks #loneeagle #wilderness #edwardabbey
Early in the morning of June 8, 1924 – 90 years ago today – George #Mallory and Andrew #Irvine emerged from their tiny canvas, A-frame pup tent at nearly 27,000 feet on the North Ridge of #Everest.
Shivering through their woolen knickers against the cold and breathing hard – assisted barely by the rudimentary oxygen system Irvine had come to be an expert with – they began coming upward toward the Northeast Ridge and the summit beyond.
Hours later, they were seen by their teammate, Noel #Odell, climbing a great rock steep beneath the final summit pyramid. Then, as Odell wrote, “the whole fascinating vision vanished, enveloped in cloud once more.” Mallory and Irvine were never seen alive again.
Were they able to climb the formidable Second Step, just behind these cornices in this photo from 2003? Did they reach the summit that day, becoming the first people to stand on top of the world? Personally, I believe they could have, and like to imagine they did. I think Mallory was obsessed – dangerously, stupidly obsessed – with reaching the summit that year, and that really his only way back home was via the summit of Everest. As he wrote to Geoffrey Keynes before the expedition: “This is going to be more like war than mountaineering…I don’t expect to come back.” We don’t know, and we may never know. But, one thing I do know: summit or not, Mallory and Irvine, #Norton and #Somervell, Odell, Hazard, Bruce, Semchumbi, Norbu Yishe, and all the climbers on these early pioneering attempts on Everest were remarkable climbers, adventurers, explorers. Their early efforts, clad in wool and tweed, on the high mountains paved the way for generations of climbers to come, and continue to inspire today.
Let’s remember less the question “Did they summit?” and more the fact that they tried. #Everest1924 #everesthistory #climbing #history #MountEverest #becauseitsthere