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Mountains. They inspire, they frighten, they educate,…

Mountains. They inspire, they frighten, they educate,…

Mountains. They inspire, they frighten, they educate, they inspire us, perhaps in equal measure. Personally, they have been a focal point of my life since I discovered climbing at age 12. In the 31 years since, the mountains have – to quote Boukreev – been my cathedrals. The mountains have pushed me to my absolute limits physically; they’ve enlightened me spiritually in profound ways; they’ve educated me culturally and opened my eyes to peoples and cultures and worldviews I would have missed otherwise; and the mountains have taught me innumerable times their intrinsic worth to us as a physical and spiritual world. The might and power of the mountains – and the people, flora, and fauna who inhabit them – belies a masked reality: they are powerful and proud, tall and tough, but they are also vulnerable. Globally, we see the effects of climate change and development inequality prominently in the mountains: glaciers are retreating, crops are failing, people are suffering, environments are struggling… And it all flows down from the mountains, eventually impacting us all. But, mountain people and environments – like the silent sentinels rising above them – are resilient and capable and will push through the challenges if given a fighting chance. On Monday, December 11, many of us mountain lover will gather in Rome to celebrate the bounty that is the mountain world, joining with others in celebration of International Mountain Day across the globe. Please join us: write a post, share a message, go climb a peak or walk a hill, and celebrate the mountains on Monday, and every day. #internationalmountainday #IMD2017 #liveyouradventure #mountainsmatter @eddiebauer #mountainpartnership #bestmountainartists | In this photo, #Nuptse rises from the evening sky from Khumbu Basecamp on Mt. #Everest.

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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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