“Accidents on big mountains happen when people’s ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride,” a British outdoor survivor and adventurer once said.
We humans attempt to take ownership of nature’s highest peaks. Climbers claim that they “conquered” the summit, an ultimate show of bravado.
The mountains, the Alps, the Rockies are all quiet giants that sit still while being surrounded by unpredictable environment of weather, terrain, and animals, and it is a grandiose claim to say that a person has conquered them—a claim that is full or irony.
Mountains are seen as strong and unmoving entities, and because of their proximity to the heavens, mountains are considered sacred in many cultures.
Here are photos of the world’s highest peaks. These images show the majesty of these natural wonders that we can appreciate their beauty and mystery. These photos will tell us that mountains are meant to be enjoyed and respected but never conquered.
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada
Cherry Blossoms and Mt. Fuji in Japan
Chocolate Hill, China
Highest Point of Siberia, Belukha, Russia
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Yangshuo, China
Jurassic Coast, England
Lago Argentino, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Lena Pillars, Yakutia, Russia
Majestic Altai Mountains, Russia
Mighty Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
Mount Rainier, Washington
On the Border of Switzerland
One of the Highest Mountains, Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
Picos Mountains, Northern Spain
Rocky Mountains of Colorado
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
Sunset in the Mountains, Egypt
The Alps, Switzerland
The Lion Mountain, Sri Lanka
Travel through the Mountains in Argentina
Windmills on the Mountains of Spain
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