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The humble Jerry Can. It’s not something…

The humble Jerry Can. It’s not something we think much of in the developed world. Perhaps we use one on car camping trips when water is not readily available; I’ve got a couple for just that purpose. Originally designed in the 1930’s for the German military (hence, “Jerry”) to haul gasoline, the typical Jerry Can holds 20 liters, or 5.3 US gallons, of liquid. In the developing world, the Jerry Can is both a symbol of hope and despair. Despair in that hundreds of millions of people – mostly women and children – spend hours each day hauling these jugs long distances to and from safe water points. A full Can weighs 44 pounds. For 800 million people globally, safe, accessible water is simply not a reality; this fundamental human right – which we take for granted – is a profound luxury for so many. But, the Can is also a symbol of hope, for throughout the developing world we see villagers queued at safe water points, working as a community to manage and sustain this vital resource. While far more difficult than simply turning on a tap, the collection of safe water from a communal tap is a big, positive step for countless communities. And with great organizations like @waterforpeople, @charitywater, @water_health, and more working hard to provide for those in need, the battle is slowly being won. | In this photo, Kabanda Epimaque repairs damaged jerry cans for villagers on the side of the road in Rulindo, Rwanda. He charges 5 to 35 cents per repair, depending on the size and scope of the damage. #waterislife #liveyouradventure

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No, it’s not Utah, but it looks…

No, it’s not Utah, but it looks a lot like it. A kingdom since 1380 (semi-autonomous from 1768 to 2008 under Nepali suzerainty, now no longer officially a kingdom), Upper Mustang, the Kingdom of Lo, is an other-worldly place in all ways. Here one sees firsthand the collision of centuries, as ancient lifestyles of subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry intermingle with roads and tourism, Facebook and television. The land of Mustang is physically changing as development creeps in, and the culture and heritage is as well. With human settlement dating back at least 3,000 years or more, there is ton to learn about and from in this remarkable region, but the clock is ticking. Just two years ago, not far from where this photo was taken, uranium was discovered. The race is now on to exploit this resource – a mixed blessing in a country like Nepal, landlocked with few natural resources. | In this photo, a centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chorten blends into the high desert, ethereal landscape near the village of Samdzong. #liveyouradventure

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For millennia, the Ganges River – spiritual…

For millennia, the Ganges River – spiritual and physical lifeblood of India – has been considered sacred. Early Hindu texts speak of Maa Ganga, or Mother Ganges, being released from the heavens by Lord Shiva to allow the Hindu faithful to escape samsara (the cycle of death and rebirth) and attain moksha (transcendence from the earthly realm). Its water believed to be capable of absolving sin and providing both spiritual and physical cleansing, millions flock to the river’s banks daily to bathe, make offerings, and collect valuable Ganga jal – or Ganges water – to keep or share with loved ones. But, is there more to the river’s purity than simply spiritual reverence and myth? In 1896, bacteriologist Ernest Hankin published a paper for the Pasteur Institute on the existence of strange bacteria-fighting agents in the Ganges which limited the spread of cholera. 20 years later, this phenomenon was “proved” by Félix d’Hérelle with the discovery of microbes killing the dysentery bacillus; he called the microbe a bacteriophage. These hyper-specific bacteria-eaters exist almost everywhere, but are particularly prevalent in the Ganges; so much so that sailors of the British East India Company would only take Ganga jal on their ships, as it would not putrefy on the long journey back to England, and epidemics of cholera and typhoid are less rampant along the Ganga basic than they likely should be. A new study by India’s Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) has now found new evidence that Maa Ganga does indeed have some self-cleansing properties; their research will be released in December. But, is the rampant pollution along the 1,500 mile river overwhelming even the phage’s ability to cleanse it? Is some of the ancient magic of this iconic river – one revered and reviled – being destroyed by overuse, abuse, and neglect? This and more is what @pedromcbride and I cover in our film, Holy (un)Holy River, showing this weekend at @banffcentre. | In this photo, two Hindu men take a sacred bath in the Ganges in Varanasi, Uttar Predesh, India.

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

Mount #Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak, is stunning beautiful, and also critical to the nation’s #water supply: an estimated 70% of the country’s fresh water comes from the peak and its surrounding moorland and montane forest areas. For the Ewaso Ng’iro River – which feeds northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve – the number is even higher, with more than 90% of its water emanating from Mount Kenya. It’s no surprise that the glaciers of the mountain are rapidly disappearing; as with the only other glaciers in Africa (on Kilimanjaro and in the Rwenzori), Kenya’s glaciers are fading fast due to climate change. But, a new study in Cryosphere (shared by @glacierhub) finds the cause of this recession to be a bit surprising: it’s not due to increasing temperatures, but rather to decreasing precipitation. While that may seem to be an unimportant distinction, it has huge implications for East Africa (the case is the same in the Rwenzori and on Kilimanjaro) which is seeing an ever-drier climate and big jumps in desertification. For those living in the shadows of these peaks, this new finding means not only less water storage capacity in the region’s glaciers to carry through the dry season, but drier, tougher, and shorter wet seasons as well. | In this photo, sunrise casts soft light on Mt. Kenya’s jagged summits as seen from the slopes of Point #Lenana, a popular satellite peak of the mountain for trekkers. #liveyouradventure #mountainpartnership #welovemountains #climatechangeisreal #climateaction #mountkenya #bestmountainartists #travelstoke #worldcaptures #sunrise #getoutthere #glaciers
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“Autumn is a second spring when every…

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus #truism #treesofinstagram #liveyouradventure

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Good night, Lost Creek Wilderness. Great to…

Good night, Lost Creek Wilderness. Great to be here in your beauty with my family. #thankful #liveyouradventure #lostcreekwilderness #lcw

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A decade ago, I was gazing upon…

A decade ago, I was gazing upon this view of #Gurla #Mandhata – aka Naimona’nyi or Memo Nani – from Camp 1 on the mountain. The highest peak in the Nalakankar Himal of western Nepal and Tibet, Gurla rises some 9,000 feet from the plateau below to its summit at 7,694 meters (25,243 feet), making it the 6th most prominent peak in Tibet and the world’s 34th highest. Despite it’s beauty, altitude, and relatively easy climbing (via the standard route up the Chaglung’mlungha Glacier, seen here), the peak is rarely climbed. It was first attempted in 1905 by Tom Longstaff (after he made the first reconnaissance of Trisul in India), but he and his team were turned back at roughly 7,000 meters. The peak didn’t see a full ascent until a joint Chinese/Japanese team climbed it in 1985. Since then, according to official records, only 6 other ascents (out of 8 attempts) have been made, the last being my expedition in 2006. An amazing mountain, and one to visit if you want high altitude (good training for #Everest) and no crowds! | In this photo, Gurla Mandhata is prominent in the center of the frame, with the “standard” route going up the obvious, low-angle glacier in the middle. To the left, the still-unclimbed full north face drops sharply before rising again to Guna La, a satellite peak of 6,900 meters, first climbed in 1997 by Quinn Simons, Tom Simons, Soren Peters, and Charlie Fowler. #liveyouradventure

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Whether it’s saving lives through her work…

Whether it’s saving lives through her work in global water and sanitation, changing lives through education in Guatemala and now with Evergreen Country Day School, or simply making everyone laugh hysterically while riding a kids ride at a playground in Edinburgh, Scotland, @wendebvalentine never ceases to amaze, inspire, and delight me. Happy Anniversary, Love! Can’t believe it’s now been 13 years around the sun since our wedding… Here’s to many, many more! #liveyouradventure

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A full moon rises over a serrated…

A full moon rises over a serrated spur of #Swachhand, high on the #Gangotri Glacier in the Garhwal Himalaya, India. As the source of the Bhagirathi River – which in turn is the source of the Ganges – the Gangotri and its snows are critical to the overall health of the Ganges River. Sadly, though, the Gangotri is retreating fast; up to 50+ meters per year. In 2013, when @pedromcbride and @davidcmorton and I were at the very head of the Gangotri, we saw the first waters of the Ganges flowing on the surface of the glacier at some 18,000 feet below the imposing wall of Chaukhamba – not something that should be happening that high on the Gangotri. This and more is part of our film, Holy (un)Holy River, soon to be playing near you – stay tuned! #liveyouradventure

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The #Ganges River is one of the…

The #Ganges River is one of the most complex and troubled waterways in the world, physical lifeblood to 500 million people who live on its banks, and spiritual anchor to nearly 1 billion Hindus who revere it as an incarnation of the goddess Maa Ganga, or Mother Ganges. From profound reverence to horrific pollution, rare freshwater dolphins (Susu) to Bengal tigers to mysterious bacteriophages, pristine wildness to overwhelming development, the river has it all and then some. @pedromcbride and I followed the river from source to sea (with @davidcmorton), and our film, Holy (Un)Holy River, tells the river’s story. Thrilled to have it screen tonight in #Aspen, #Colorado, as part of @mountainfilm on Tour. | In this photo, a lone fishing boat makes its way across the vastness of the Ganges as it pours into the Bay of Bengal near Kolkata, India. #liveyouradventure

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