Here are Top 5 Destinations For The Mountain Climber and Lover. Having a Father who is a mountain guide, mountains have become part of my life to some extent. Living, breathing and playing in the mountains is something I have done from an early age.
In the beginning it was Scotland, where I learnt to Ski, then it was the Austrian, French and Italian Alps. And in the late 90’s a trip to Canada, North of Toronto was another spectacular experience of my life. Now I am in the Sierra Nevada in Spain which I have to admit is the most sunniest mountain range I have been to! So for all you mountain lovers out there, here are the Top 5 mountain destinations we think you should visit.
Denali Mountain, Alaska. Height – 6,194 meters
Also know throughout the climbing world as “Mount McKinley” it is a high accent at over 6 thousands meters, it is the highest mountain peek in North America. The centerpiece of Denali National Park, Mount McKinley has two significant summits. The South Summit is the higher one, whilst the North Summit has an elevation of 5,934 meters.
There are 5 large glaciers that flow off the slopes. The Peters Glacier, the Muldrow Glacier, the Traleika Glacier, the Ruth Glacier and the Kahiltna Glacier which leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
A weather station is near to the summit which has recorded temperatures as low as ???59.7 ??C and windchills of ???83.4 ??C. The mountain is regularly climbed today but care must be taken as the mountain has claimed many lives of mountaineers in the past 40 years.
Cerro Torre Mountain, Patagonia, Argentina. Height – 3133 meters
One of the most amazing peaks to look up at in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in South America. It is famous for it’s spikes and spires and dramatic look and located in an area which is disputed between Argentina and Chile, it lies west of Cerro Chalten also known as Fitz Roy.
The Cerro Torre peak is the highest of the four other peaks are Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Stanhardt. Known to be one of the most challengin climbs, it is not for novices and only very experienced climbers should be thinking of using it.
Cerro Torre was featured in the 1991 film Scream of Stone. Author Jon Krakauer of the popular book “Into Thin Air”, also mentions the mountain as one of his most difficult ascents “I’d scaled a frightening, mile-high spike of vertical and overhanging granite called Cerro Torre; buffeted by hundred-knot winds, plastered with frangible atmospheric rime, it was once (though no longer) thought to be the world’s hardest mountain”.
Sierra Nevada Mountain, Spain. Height – 3,482 meters
Ok, it may not be the highest mountain in the World but the Sierra Nevada it certainly is the sunniest. As with all mountains, the winter here can be quite rough and care must be taken in all areas even though you are only a hop away from Africa. You can actually see the coast line of Africa on clear days from the top of Mulhacen. Mulhacen is the highest peek here and is mainland Spain’s tallest mountain.
It is a good place to start if you are a mountain beginner and the resort here is perfect for a bit of skiing or snowboarding in your spare time.
You are only an hours drive to the coast of the Costa Tropical should you want a bit of beach time whilst you are there. Salobrena is the nearest coastal town with many sea front restaurants and a sardine barbeque in an old upturned boat if you would like something different.
Mountain Cook, New Zealand. Height – 3,754 meters
The highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount cook is part of the Southern Alps and the range runs the whole length of the South Island. Popular with mountain climbing tourists it lay’s west to the Tasman glacier and East to the Hooker glacier and consists of 3 summits, the Low, Middle and High peak.
It forms part of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which was gazetted in 1953 along with Westland National Park, Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park.
It offers over 140, 2,000 meters peaks and 72 named Glaciers. Access to the area is by the Mt Cook Road. Aoraki/Mount Cook will also be the starting point of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail in the following years.
Ama Dablam Mountain, Nepal, Himalayas. Height – 6,812 meters
Sat to the East of Nepal is the spectacular mountain of Ama Dablam which in English means the “Mother’s necklace”. The first ever climber was in March 1961 by Mike Gill from New Zealand.
The Ama Dablam is the third most popular peak for permitted expeditions in the Himalayas’ although you need a climbing permit and a liaison officer when heading for Ama Dablam.
Referred to as the Matterhorn of the Himalayas for it’s steep ridges, the best times to climb are April-May and September-October which is the same as Mt Everest. There are 3 main camps on the ridge which are set to the right of the glacier.
Although these are not the highest they are incredibly spectacular, in differing parts of the world and are on most “mountain goers tick list”.
After a long hard day’s, week or even fortnight of living and sleeping in the mountains it is important for any mountaineer to recuperate well, have a good night’s sleep be it a holiday rental in Spain in the Sierra Nevada, or a hotel in Nepal. Eat plenty of good nutritional food for the body to re gain strength ready for your next adventure.
Are you a keen mountaineer? Have you any thought’s to which top 5 mountains you would like to challenge?
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