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Jake Norton

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 Mt. Everest (three times) and on expeditions to 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.

Jake is an ambassador – along with Reinhold Messner – for the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership, and in this role advocates on behalf on mountains, mountain environments, and mountain peoples.

Kenton Cool

With 16 Everest summits and a list of global mountaineering achievements, Kenton has built a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after mountain guides. Being one of the global elite IFMGA guides, Kenton provides a guiding service that is second to none. Kenton has always retained a love for the places around him and the many people he’s met along the road. The friendships he’s formed with Sherpas and clients have lasted decades; he considers many now his closest friends. On Everest, a mountain so completely steeped in the history of such a singleminded pursuit, the summit, Kenton has tried above all else to gaze wider and find his place amongst the great valleys and amongst the mountain people – to stretch out and connect with a world so immutably linked to the peak he loves.

Emily Polar

Originally from the flat lands of the Midwest, Emily has journeyed far from an idea of home, connecting with cultures and perspectives around the world. As a National Geographic Travel photographer, Emily views photography as a vehicle to explore how we relate to this human experience through examining the seen and unseen conditions that shape our world.

Currently, Emily splits her time between Nepal and California, collaborating with like-minded organizations while exploring personal projects.

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