Jake Norton has a long relationship with Everest and its history. He helped discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest in 1999 and returned to tell more of the Mallory and Irvine story in 2001 and 2002. Norton has made seven expeditions to the mountain, climbing it by the Northeast and Southeast Ridges and attempting the West Ridge in 2012. A guide, photographer, videographer and speaker, his life and career are entwined with the high mountains of the world. In recent years, Norton has focused his efforts on the global water and sanitation crises, founding Challenge21 and partnering with nonprofit Water For People. Since 2011, he has raised over $260,000 every penny of which has gone directly to Water For People and their programs. Norton, with Pete McBride, traveled the length of the Ganges river in the film Holy (un)Holy River (Mountainfilm 2016). Norton lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife and two children.