Jake Norton on the summit of Elephant Butte, Evergreen, Colorado, for International Mountain Day.

Happy International Mountain Day!

Jake Norton on the summit of Elephant Butte, Evergreen, Colorado, for International Mountain Day.

Jake Norton on the summit of Elephant Butte, Evergreen, Colorado, for International Mountain Day.

It’s December 11, also known as International Mountain Day.

While we may not realize it, there’s a lot to thank mountains for: they provide 70% of the world’s fresh water. Mountains sustain wildlife and precious forests. Their fertile soils are critical to family farming. Mountains cover some 27% of the earth’s land, and are home to roughly 720 million people. They are a source of mystery and inspiration, fostering mystery and sustaining faith for millennia.

So, today, get out and help celebrate mountains. Take a moment to print out an IMD statement from www.welovemountains.org, and then go climb a mountain you love – take a pic, and share it on Instagram. Just be sure to follow @welovemountains and tag it with the hashtag #welovemountains.

I had to cheat a bit and take this photo yesterday, as I’ve been invited to speak at the United Nations tomorrow for International Mountain Day and the Mountain Partnership…So, I’m off to New York City, but will be celebrating the day from the air!

About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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