Climbing mountains and volcanoes is one of my favorite hobbies and life dreams. Mountains have an incredible spiritual power to them which is why so many world faiths centered their faith around them or feature a mountain in their narrative, i.e. Mount Sinai in Judaism, Mt. Meru in Hinduism, Taishan in Daoism, Mt. Olympus in Hellenism.
Climbing a mountain and reaching the top is one of the most spiritual and fulfilling experience a person can have. It is the sense of achievement and your own personal power and your will to continue on despite obstacles.
Mountains smell different in different countries. It is the air, the trees, the grass, the clouds and the mist. I loved the way Taishan in China smelled and the Himalayas in Nepal. I felt rejuvenated and replenished. Oddly, I got allergies in Yosemite, CA and absolutely hate it there. The Sequoia trees smelled terrible to me. I climbed a mountain on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and was not allergic to it, but was not soothed either. For some reason, mountains smell better and feel better in Asia. I also loved Landmannalaugur in Iceland. I also loved the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I am yet to complete a full hike in either of those mountain ranges.
I feel alive and beautiful while elevated on a mountain.
Many people want to travel but don’t know what for. After 6 years of globe trotting, I have a narrow list of things I want to do while abroad, and mountain climbing is one of them. here is a mountain hit list:
Jade Mountain, Taiwan:
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka:
Mt. Kinabulu, Borneo:
Uma by Como, a yoga retreat in Bhutan:
Mount Bromo, Indonesia:
Tongariro Crossing, NZ:
Mont Blanc, France:
Julian Alps, Slovenia:
Cadair Idris, Wales:
Madonie National Park, Sicily:
Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan:
Carpathians, Ukraine and Romania:
Mt. Rinjani, Lombok:
Valley of the Flowers, India:
Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain:
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Andes mountain range in South America. It is also one of the highest mountains in the world:
The Swiss Alps, Switzerland:
Mt. Cook in New Zealand:
Mount Paine, New Caledonia:
Selvaggio Blu in Sardinia, Italy:
Mt. Merapi, Indonesia:
Mount Liamuiga in St. Kitts. The Caribbean is new and exotic to me and I only recently discovered superb mountain climbing destinations there:
The Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia looks like you reached the ends and edges of the universe:
Mount Mayon, The Philippines: