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Jake Norton    

World-Renowned Climber, Photographer & Humanitarian

Jake Norton is a world-renowned climber, photographer, filmmaker, philanthropist, and inspirational speaker. Based in Evergreen, Colorado, Jake’s worldwide adventures have taken him to the summit of Mount Everest (three times) and on expeditions on all seven continents.

His photography has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Forbes, and Oprah, while his film footage has been used in documentaries and television series.

As a speaker, Jake has inspired tens of thousands of people and companies worldwide to reach new summits and enjoy their climb to the top. He is also a sought-after trainer, conducting highly-interactive full and half day leadership and teamwork workshops for corporations and associations.

Jake is also an active philanthropist. He is an Ambassador – along with Reinhold Messner – for the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership, and in this role he advocates on behalf of mountains, mountain environments, and mountain peoples. In 2011, he founded Challenge21, a multi-year climbing and fundraising project dedicated to the global water crisis, and its solutions. To date, Jake has launched four Challenge21 expeditions, shared his message with over one million people worldwide, and raised some $300,000 for his non-profit partner, Water For People.

Speech Topics


Jake's presentations are anything but ordinary. Using emotional, personal stories from his high mountain expeditions, his stunning, professional photographer and emotional video footage, Jake's keynotes are multi-media adventures that take audiences out of their seats and onto the slopes of Mount Everest where they laugh, cry, struggle, and learn the keys to success on all of life's mountains.

While Jake's presentations are always customized through a three step process to meet the unique needs, goals, and objectives of each audience, his overall presentation topics remain constant. His most requested programs are:

  • Getting FIT: Climb Your Everest...and Enjoy the Journey

  • Lost on Everest: The Enduring Mystery of Everest Pioneers Mallory & Irvine

  • The Ethics of Everest

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