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The ducks dropping into Bear Creek for…

The ducks dropping into Bear Creek for the 5th annual Dam Ducky Derby in #Evergreen, #Colorado. Good summer fun & for a good cause. #Levittown #damduckyderby

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Dawn casts long shadows across the plains…

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 #gurlamandhata

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Nice way to kick off the Fourth…

Nice way to kick off the Fourth by testing some new prototype gear by one of the great #American brands, @eddiebauer. Fun romp from Summit Lake up Sunrise Couloir to the Sawtooth, #Bierstadt, and then back and over Evans. #fourthofjuly #liveyouradventure

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A #Hindu man prays in the waters…

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

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Tents Under Bhagirathi Peaks, Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India

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

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Crater Lake, Lone Eagle Cirque in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

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

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Early in the morning of June 8, 1924 – 90 years ago today…

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

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Northeast Ridge of Mount Everest panorama

On the evening of June 7, 1924, from their perch at nearly 27,000 feet on the North Ridge of #Everest, #Mallory and #Irvine almost certainly climbed the small gendarme above their small tent to gaze at the next day’s objective.

This #panorama, taken in 2004 with Dave Hahn from modern Camp VI, shows the Northeast Ridge and it’s challenging terrain: from left to right are the obvious features of the First, Second, and Third Steps and the final summit pyramid.

I can only imagine George Mallory would have gazed upon this view with a complicated mix of excitement and trepidation: parts of the ridge look straightforward from here, but the Second Step is a daunting, sawtooth jag of rock sticking from the Ridge like a ship’s prow. Could they climb it? Was there a way up the face of the Step our along its crest? Would he and Irvine, the following day, become the first people to stand on top of the world?
With those thoughts and more in his head, Mallory sent down a final note with their #Sherpa to Noel #Odell at Camp IV:

Dear Noel, We’ll probably start early to-morrow (8th) in order to have clear weather. It won’t be too early to start looking for us either crossing the rock band under the pyramid or going up skyline at 8.0 p.m. (sic)
Yours ever, G. Mallory

#Everest1924 #everesthistory #malloryandirvine #todayinhistory #MountEverest #didtheymakeit

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June 6, 1924: Today one of the greatest mysteries in the history of #exploration began on Mount #Everest. #Mallory and #Irvine began their final, fateful summit bid. Today they climbed from the relative peace and security of the North Col/Camp IV, up the sweeping, whale-backed North Ridge to Camp V at roughly 25,400 feet, assisted by a team of stalwart porters. This shot, from 2003, was taken of Jesse Rickert just above the Col. Camp V in 1924 was about 1/4 up the rock from the top of the snow and to the left, leeward side of the ridge. Amazing be there in a down suit, and all the high tech gear we have today and imagine them climbing the she terrain in wool and tweed. #everesthistory #malloryandirvine #1924 #todayinhistory

June 6, 1924: Today one of the greatest mysteries in the history of #exploration began on Mount #Everest. #Mallory and #Irvine began their final, fateful summit bid. Today they climbed from the relative peace and security of the North Col/Camp IV, up the sweeping, whale-backed North Ridge to Camp V at roughly 25,400 feet, assisted by a team of stalwart porters.

This shot, from 2003, was taken of Jesse Rickert just above the Col. Camp V in 1924 was about 1/4 up the rock from the top of the snow and to the left, leeward side of the ridge. Amazing be there in a down suit, and all the high tech gear we have today and imagine them climbing the she terrain in wool and tweed. #everesthistory #malloryandirvine #1924 #todayinhistory

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90 years ago today on #Everest: Teddy Norton and Howard Somervell, accompanied by three porters, Norbu Yishe, Lhakpa Chede, and Semchumbi (who were also strong climbers), climbed up the North Ridge of #Everest. They were climbing without oxygen, and by midday had passed their 1922 oxygenless high point. A few hours later, Semchumbi – slowed by an injured leg – could go no further, so Norton picked out a suitable Camp VI site at about 26,600 feet in “a narrow cleft in the rocks facing north and affording the suggestion – it was little more – of some protection from the northwest wind”. 77 years later, Brent Okita and I followed their footsteps up the Ridge as part of the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition with @internationalmountainguides. We were hoping to rediscover the 1924 high camp. At the top of this photo are two prominent gendarmes we thought were a possibility, and sure enough when we got there I found an old, wooden ten pole buried in the rubble. Brent and I went on to find several other items, including Teddy Norton’s sock, likely left behind in the morning after it was soaked by a leaking thermos flask. For those who know the story, note the view of the Northeast Ridge; this is not far from where Noel #Odell made his famous final sighting of Mallory and Irvine on June 8, 1924…pretty tough to get the Steps confused from this vantage point! #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

90 years ago today on #Everest: Teddy Norton and Howard Somervell, accompanied by three porters, Norbu Yishe, Lhakpa Chede, and Semchumbi (who were also strong climbers), climbed up the North Ridge of #Everest. They were climbing without oxygen, and by midday had passed their 1922 oxygenless high point. A few hours later, Semchumbi – slowed by an injured leg – could go no further, so Norton picked out a suitable Camp VI site at about 26,600 feet in “a narrow cleft in the rocks facing north and affording the suggestion – it was little more – of some protection from the northwest wind”. 77 years later, Brent Okita and I followed their footsteps up the Ridge as part of the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition with @internationalmountainguides. We were hoping to rediscover the 1924 high camp. At the top of this photo are two prominent gendarmes we thought were a possibility, and sure enough when we got there I found an old, wooden ten pole buried in the rubble. Brent and I went on to find several other items, including Teddy Norton’s sock, likely left behind in the morning after it was soaked by a leaking thermos flask.

For those who know the story, note the view of the Northeast Ridge; this is not far from where Noel #Odell made his famous final sighting of Mallory and Irvine on June 8, 1924…pretty tough to get the Steps confused from this vantage point! #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

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