International Mountain Day is Everyday

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Thank you to everyone that has already participated!

Dolomites, Italy

Alberto - "Mountains are freedom and home, harsh and sweet. They allow us to give our best and to test ourselves in this environment. They help showing our true image to the outside world."

Le Morne Brabant, Peninsula of Mauritius 

Yumeela - "It represents freedom for me." 


Tanya - "December 2018. This was the first camera trap we set as part of our first Persian leopard focused monitoring project in Turkmenistan. The first camera trap set by Aknabat Potaeva, the scientific lead for the Central Kopet Dag Reserve which lies on the border between Turkmenistan and Iran. On this Mountain Day, I would like to celebrate lesser known mountain ranges like the Kopet Dag, one of the most endangered leopard species, the Persian leopard, and the people striving to protect it. Including 7 of them in jail in Iran since 1051 days. We are waiting for you. #anyhopefornature"

Bartle Frere, Queensland, Australia

David - "Sometimes mountains don’t need to be very high to be exciting and memorable climbs. Three years ago I was fortunate to have a day (a very hot and humid day!) with my daughter Freya to climb Bartle Frere (1611 m), the highest peak in Queensland, with great views of the Atherton Tablelands. We were looking for the endangered Bartle Frere skink that lives above 1400 m, and wandered through the rare Eucryphia wilkei cloud forest which only occur on these mountain tops in the wet tropics of northeast Australia.  

Pika Camp, the Yukon, Canada

Freya - "That was last summer. We were up on east peak setting up a weather station with Scott. Over the course of the trip we caught a helicopter once and hiked twice to that point. It was windy and very cold (despite being August) and I was dying but Scott didn’t even have gloves on and we were up there for hours. When you go to Kluane there is not service anywhere and we communicate with base from pika camp with a sat phone. But east peak is in direct line of sight to Haines Junction and I guess they have improved the cell tower since I was up there last cause I was able to video call Tryggvi in Iceland, which was pretty fun! Ummm that white blob is called and igloo and the first one we had in camp blew away in a winter storm so Scott and dad showed up the next season and all their belongings were scattered down the creek. Scott had a camera set up on the camp so he knows to the hour when the igloo blew away (they tied it down better the next year). Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada and the largest rock massif in the world (but I guess you already know that). My big mountain goal is to climb it one day. Pika camp is as old as I am!"

Skaftafell, Iceland

Tryggvi - "My old office view. I took a bunch of my friends /colleagues (find them on the picture) on a summer solstice "hike", this photo is taken after midnight that night. The hike ended being so technical that I had lower some of them down with a rope. Still amazed that all of them came out on multiple adventures with me again."

Hallstatt, Austria

Liz - "This was the first time I ever saw the Alps and I instantly fell in love. This is a big part of the reason why I wanted so badly to return to the Alps, which I did later in France, Switzerland, and Italy [...]"

 North Cascades, Washington, USA.

"[...] but we do have our own version of the Alps in Washington, and these mountains are pretty special too. This is from a hike I took in the North Cascades."

Piia Kortsalo, Kyrgyzstan

Rahim - "In the mountains you feel freedom. There is a feeling that you are at the top of the world, that you can do anything. This is an invaluable feeling."

Banff, Canada

Guillaume - "These landscapes make me feel amazed. At each new water spot in the Rockies I would stop to take a photo. But it would never capture the beauty of the moment and place."

" PhD Field Notes From China "

 by Dr. Justine Shanti

Jebel Akhdar, Oman

Mael - " What is unusual in Oman is that this is one of the only places on Earth where you can touch the Moho, the limit between the Earth's crust and mantle" 

Eyjafjörður from Kaldbakur, Iceland

"This is currently my desktop background and it’s very distracting from work"

- Anonymous -

New Zealand

Freya - “My favorite mountain photo from New Zealand”

 Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Katie - "Mountains have provided challenging experiences and mentalities for me, however, some of my best memories. I can still picture my astonishment at the diversity of terrain, wildflowers, animals, and views. The peace I felt in the stillness and silence. Mountains are mystic and majestic, and there are no words that can measure up to the beauty that exists within them."

Auvergne, France

Gaëtane and Patrick Young  - "Mountains bring pure happiness, a feeling of connexion with nature and incredible landscapes. We feel so small in mountains."

The Big Sulfur Outlet, Guadeloupe

The Young family discovering the pleasure of connecting with nature back in 2008.

Alps, France

 Emmy Young - "It's a quite high thing on which I can ski." 

" My most memorable trip to the Himalaya "

 by Aakash Lamba

Full Story  Here

British Columbia, Canada

Audrey and David - "Why do we love mountains? It's for the feeling of freedom these wide landscapes provide. One of the best ways to reconnect with ourselves."

Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Marie-Alix - "The calm. The reflection. The height. The thin and fresh air that sometimes hurt your lungs, but that warm up your heart so strongly. Also, the challenge to not quit when you face such immensity. When the peak seems so far when you start, but you know you will reach no matter the pain. It's the humility mountain bring. To gain perspective on life's problems. To cut off from whatever distracts you on a daily basis. The soft breeze of loneliness, and at the same time the deep and almost intimate connexion to everything surrounding you. To come back to the essential we often forget about in the comfort of the routines." 

Paramo el Almorzadero, Santander, Colombia

Yerson - "Here in Colombia, we are fortunate to have the three Andean Cordilleras. They not only shape our landscape but our biodiversity, culture and identity. In this mountain in the Paramo el Almorzadero, Santander, we found countless freshwater springs surrounded by challenging peaks which take our breath away, reminding us we are just tiny pieces of a planet we must." Check out Yerson's project here

Jangart, Kyrgyzstan

Team OSI-Panthera - "Moutains' shapes, colors, fauna and flora and harshness of its climate give us peace, inspiration, energy and amazing human memories. So, we adorate it !"

Svalbard, Norway

Florina - "The first time I ever saw the sun after I left for the North (about 6 weeks later). I was so happy to see the sun, but also all the new colours around me. The picture shows the way down to the town (valley to the left) and is facing North. You can see how the mountains on the other side of the fjord get kissed by the sun. If you look around you,  you are standing there alone, in the wide white nature far away from so much stress. It is just calm and beautiful and just talking about it makes me so happy to go back there!"

Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Rachel - "Mountain are places for snacks and relaxing and perspective! This was the beautiful summer sunset before the most amazing calm starry night in Glacier National Park, Montana USA."

El Salvadore

Josue - "Best things in life are free. Climbing a mountain is one of them"

"My First Expedition"

by Sherry Young

Full Story Here

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