One-Line Bio

I'm a professional climber, speaker, and photographer from Colorado.


Jake Norton is a 34 year old professional keynote speaker from Golden, Colorado. Jake has worked as a professional mountain guide and photographer for over twelve years, and has traveled the world for countless clients.

His climbing and photographic exploits have taken him:

* to the summit of Everest three times (out of six expeditions in total)
* on five expeditions to the Peruvian Andes
* to the summits of continental highpoints Mount McKinley in Alaska, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Aconcagua in Argentina
* eighty-eight times to the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington.

In 2004, Jake recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous 1917 traverse of South Georgia Island with a group of adventurers from Geographic Expeditions.

As a photographer, Jake has worked for The Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, Outside Magazine, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, and countless other national and international publications. His assignments have taken him to Nepal, Tibet, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Iceland. Jake was also a videographer on Everest in 2002, 2003, and 2004. See more of Jake's images at MountainWorld Photography (

Jake is an athlete and photographer for the First Ascent line of technical outerwear by Eddie Bauer ( He also serves as Director of the American Mountaineering Museum ( in Golden, Colorado, and on the International Advisory Council for The Mountain Institute (

Jake has presented keynote speeches to audiences nationwide. From Ford Motor Company executives to the top Sales Team for Keynote Systems, Inc., his clients are continually awed by Jake's stunning presentations, low-key manner, and vital messages.


history, photography, climbing, exploration