Finding Joy Beyond the Summit

George Gardner Scholarship Fund is proud to sponsor a presentation by

Jake Norton


Climber, photographer, filmmaker and philanthropist Jake will shares stories and insights learned from a life of adventure around the world

Summiting Mount Everest (three times),
finding George Mallory’s body, high adventure expeditions on all seven continents; Jake has tales few people can match and profound wisdom about life’s journey.

Join us for an exciting evening!

Finding Joy beyond the Summit

Friday, December 16, 2016

Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

Jake Norton has a long relationship with the mountains and adventuring. He helped discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest in 1999 and returned to tell more of the Mallory and Irvine story in 2001 and 2002. Norton has made seven expeditions to Everest, climbing it by the Northeast and Southeast Ridges and attempting the West Ridge in 2012. A guide, photographer, videographer and speaker, his life and career are entwined with the high mountains of the world. In recent years, Norton has focused his efforts on the global water and sanitation crises, founding Challenge21 and partnering with nonprofit Water For People. While climbing the 3 highest peaks on each continent and fundraising at the same time, Jake aims to make a tangible difference in the world. Since 2011, he has raised over $325,000 for global water and sanitation programs. Norton, with Pete McBride, traveled the length of the Ganges river in the film Holy (un)Holy River, which is receiving numerous prestigious awards. Jake is also an athlete and photographer for Eddie Bauer and is an active philanthropist. Norton was Director of the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO, serves on the International Advisory Board for The Mountain Institute, and is an Ambassador for the United Nations Mountain Partnership. He has covered assignments for Discovery Channel, PBS/NOVA, BBC, National Geographic, and Forbes. Norton lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife and two children.

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