Jake Norton plans to climb the three highest peaks on each continent to raise money for improving access to water and basic sanitation
Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world. PHOTO VIA THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —After scaling some of the world’s highest peaks and helping to discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest, Colorado climber Jake Norton is focusing his attention on improving access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries with a quest to climb the three highest peaks on each continent: http://www.challenge21.com.
Along the way, Norton wants to draw attention to the fact that there are nearly a billion people worldwide without access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion people without adequate toilets. He is convinced that safe water and sanitation are the most pressing global-development issues.
“I’m hoping to take the visibility of my life’s work and use it to help empower often-invisible people around the world lacking basic human needs. This is really about changing the world around us, and making sure my life and my passion serve more than just me,” Norton said. Read more at his MountainWorld blog and stay in touch with Norton via Twitter and Facebook.
“Schools, libraries and computers are all great philanthropic efforts. But if people are fetching water all day, they can’t attend school. And if they’re dying of water-related illness before they get to the school, library, or computer, nothing has really been gained. Like climbing, we’ve got to start at the most fundamental level and work our way up, one step at a time.” Continue reading
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