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Volume 1, Number 3 

Autumn, 2005

We all have our Everests…

Jake Norton will help you climb yours.

Welcome…

 

...to another issue of the MountainWorld Productions E-Newsletter! I hope you enjoy it!

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In this issue:

1.     Quotes of the Month

2.     PASSION and OBSESSION...

3.     News from Jake Norton

        FREE screensaver

        Jake and Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves and Tommy Moe...and Spyder...

        Jake's images for sale online…

        Upcoming Events & Travel…

4.     Contact Information

Quotes of the Month

 

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing; and let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the ladder of patience and across the wide barren plains of perseverance. As yet, no short cut has ever been discovered.

- Joseph J. Lamb
 

PASSION and OBSESSION...
 

May 14, 1999: I was 25 years old, sitting in a tent at 25,600 feet on Everest's North Ridge with my teammate Conrad Anker listening to - and feeling - a gale force wind pummel the mountain around me. Every few minutes, a freight train of Himalayan fury would slam into us, flattening the sturdy tent walls...and us in the process.

 

This storm continued for the better part of three days, pinning Conrad and I and our other four teammates in the inhospitable Camp V. As the hours ticked by - our food dwindling and tempers rising - I found a familiar thought creeping into my head: Why on earth do we do this to ourselves? I could be on the beach watching the surf and drinking a daiquiri!

 

The answer, of course, is passion. It is our passions in life which drive us across daunting crevasses, pull us through hellacious storms, push us through mental and physical fatigue and stress, and on to our lofty summits. Without passion, I never would have found the energy to keep on climbing after that storm subsided in 1999. My passion for climbing, for pushing my limits in the high mountains, kept the flames of inspiration burning and enabled me to climb higher, onward and upward toward my dream summit.

 

But, as Kahlil Gibran noted in his work The Prophet, we must be careful with our passions and be sure they are tempered by reason and, I would add, a healthy dose of fear. For our passions, if left to run free, can quickly make the dangerous transition to obsession. And obsession in any of life's Everests leads to trouble.

 

GEX-EV-0956.jpg In the mountains, and on Mount Everest in particular, I have seen the results of a passion turned to obsession all too often. On each of my five Everest expeditions I have been involved in some sort of rescue of climbers who pushed too far, broke their own rules, and paid a hefty price for their actions. Sometimes, fortunately, the rescue parties were able to save them. Other times, we were not. Although each circumstance was different in detail, in essence all of these rescues were the same: the climbers let their passion overrun their reason and fear, and transition into obsession.

 

The obsessed climber does not feel the burning in his lungs and the fatigue in his legs, because all he can see is the summit of his mountain. The obsessed climber does not see the setting sun, the dwindling daylight, the storms rising from the valleys below, and the threat of being benighted on the slopes of the world's highest peak, for all she can see is the top of the world. When we let our passion go unchecked, we can no longer reason and decide we must turn around given the current circumstances, weather, and so on. Once our passion overrides our fear, we no longer react to the threat of frostbite, hypothermia, edema, or even death, for our sole focus is on the end goal and no longer on the process through which we realize that goal.

 

So, while we must have passion in our lives to not only embark upon our summit quests but to also get us through the storms and over the crevasses which line our path, we must always keep that passion tempered by reason and fear. If we do that, we will climb high on all of our mountains in life, and return to tell the tales and climb again another day.          


What is your Everest?

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News

 

FREE Screensaver!

Well, it is that time of year again...The holiday season, the time of giving and, yes, receiving! On that note, I'd like to do the former and allow you to do the latter. I have put together a screensaver of some of my favorite images from the Himalaya and elsewhere and combined them with inspirational quotations from various sources. The result, I think, is a fun way to dress up your computer with inspiration to get you through the hard times and tough days.

 

To download your free copy, please go to the FREE SCREENSAVER PAGE on my store website, follow the instructions and download your gift from Jake Norton and MountainWorld Productions!

 

But, be sure to hurry! This is only a holiday offer, and will soon be gone...Download today!

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SCREENSAVER IS FOR WINDOWS SYSTEMS ONLY!

Jake and Spyder...

I just signed on as a part of Spyder's team of renowned athletes, joining the ranks with World Cup skiers Bode Miller, Daron Rahlves, and Tommy Moe...Nice company to keep! I will help Spyder by testing their outdoor gear in the harsh conditions I endure on my expeditions, be it ice climbing in Ouray, crossing South Georgia Island, or climbing on Everest. I will also work as an ambassador for their product, which is an easy task...Spyder has been known for years for creating the best ski apparel available, and has easily made the transition to outdoor market. Lightweight, high-tech, functional, and stylish, I am proud to be wearing Spyder gear and to be a part of their team.

If you are in the market for new outerwear to hit the slopes, go for a climb, or head to the hills, take a look at what Spyder has to offer...You won't be disappointed!

Jake's Images for Sale Online...

I have finally gotten my storefront up and running online at

http://www.mountainworldphoto.com/cgi-bin/store/imageFolio.cgi

The store features a fully searchable image database and direct online ordering with payments made either by credit card, PayPal, or check. You can browse my growing collection, send e-postcards of your favorite images, order prints, download screensavers, and order autographed copies of our expedition books Ghosts of Everest (1999) and Detectives on Everest (2001).

I am constantly adding more content, so check back often and let me know if you have any questions!

Visit me today at www.mountainworldphoto.com!

Upcoming Events & Travel…

 

I am often on the road, traveling to speaking engagements, working as a photographer on location, or leading expeditions for International Mountain Guides.

        During the first two weeks of January, 2006, I will be teaching ice climbers in Ouray, Colorado. This is a wonderful program run through International Mountain Guides, and I have been leading trips there since 1995.

        After guiding in Ouray, I have a flurry of presentations to various clients in Littleton and Colorado Springs, Colorado

        On January 22nd, I leave again for Tanzania to guide a group up Mount Kilimanjaro and do a safari afterwards. This is also an expedition for International Mountain Guides.

        I'll be speaking at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the kick-off speaker for the Dick Heath Lecture Series at Sandia. If you are in the area, come on over!

Please visit my Schedule page to see where he is off to next!

Contact Information…

 

Jake Norton is a professional speaker, photographer, climber, and guide from Colorado. He delivers high-impact, multi-media motivational presentations to audiences worldwide, inspiring them to set lofty goals in life and giving them the tools to reach them.

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Jake Norton
MountainWorld Productions
2002 Ford Street
Golden, CO  80401

Ph: 303.902.7475

Fax: 303.277.1911

Email: info@mountainworldproductions.com

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